Photo credit @TonyThomas

UPDATE: Added Videos from Little Rock via amcaro10

This week has been the long-awaited unveiling of new music from Casey James Last night, Casey James played a new song at the annual Sony CRS Boat Cruise for radio DJs and industry people and tonight, he played a 5 song set as an opening act for Sugarland.

Check out VIDEO of Casey’s performance of the uptempo Southern rocker/country tune “Drive” on the Sony boat show last night, after the jump! MJ will be updating this post as video from tonight’s show becomes available.

Credit Cat Country 98.1

Little Rock

Bulletproof

Drive

Long Tall Texan

 
  • cookcricket

    Stoppin’ in between movies tonight. Yay Casey James!! So good to hear from him. I like and want to hear more! Thanks mj!!

  • PattyP

    Me likey! Very much! Good to hear that guitar all through the song, and he sounds great (as much as he can given the relatively poor audio on this video … but I’ll take what I can get!). Thanks for posting that. I cannot wait until he gets a CD out there for sale … Have worn out the homemade ones we’ve got of his pre-Idol and Idol stuff …

  • Ms. KB

    Yay! Good song and nice to see Casey in top form.

  • alterego7

    I don’t know how this can pass for a Country song. It’s something more gears towards rock radio. Can’t really see Country radio warming up to it. Has there been any news as who is producing Casey’s album. I hope he doesn’t suffer the same fate as Jason Castro. Even though he was very popular on Season 7, that didn’t transfer over to the market place and many felt he lost a lot of momentum because of long gap from the time he left Idol.

  • BrianC82

    alterego7:
    03/04/2011 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t know how this can pass for a Country song. It’s something more gears towards rock radio.

    Totally agree. I always saw him as more of a rocker.

  • sagi

    Oh don’t worry about Casey, he will do just fine! This is the kind of music that catches on fast and attracts both music buyers and concert goers! It is not your tear in your beer kinda country but let’s get this party started kind of country!

  • kvwicks13

    I like Casey but this doesn’t sound like anything special. Guitar playing is good but his singing is nothing special.

  • aidancash

    That isnt even close to something that would be played on rock radio. Its texas country blues. I dont know if it is single worthy for radio but it is very good. I just dont know if it is radio friendly for a first single.

  • superfudge

    Sounds great. I love it. You can’t forget this is live audio so I’m sure it probably sounds heavier than the studio recording does.

  • windmills

    alterego7: I don’t know how this can pass for a Country song.

    I would’ve agreed with you if the song had continued in the vein of the intro but after the intro, it got country. It reminds me of Dierks Bentley’s debut single What Was I Thinking which went #1 country in 2003. When Dierks started out, he was one of the guys really bringing that red dirt influence in country.

    Casey’s been writing with at least one guy who’s been writing with Dierks Bentley and I’ve always thought Dierks’s music was a good direction for Casey to lean. Based on Drive I’m encouraged. But you’re right the production will matter. The live vocal doesn’t sound like Casey’s best but it did the job.

  • Girl4Reba

    Always proud of Casey. Always.

  • aidancash

    Good catch with the Dierks Bently thing. I always though the same thing about Casey. Live performances can always be a little different then the production of a song that is released to radio.

  • LVD

    I love the guitar playing and like the song. Casey is sticking to guns and doing his own thing. :-)

  • Thirsty

    Country ain’t what it used to be, and thank God for that! ;) A lot of the newer country acts are moving away from the country pop sound and bringing more southern rock, bluegrass, honky tonk sounds back. Heck, some of the singer/songwriters in the folk category are considered country.

    I have to say I’m super relieved Casey’s keeping the sound his own. Yay! OMG so good to hear him play and sing again!!! Love the guitar and think the song is great. Now I can’t wait to hear his whole album.

    Thanks so much for this video, and for keeping us updated, windmills!

  • LVD

    I would’ve agreed with you if the song had continued in the vein of the intro but after the intro, it got country. It reminds me of Dierks Bentley’s debut single What Was I Thinking which went #1 country in 2003. When Dierks started out, he was one of the guys really brining that red dirt influence in country.

    Casey’s been writing with at least one guy who’s been writing with Dierks Bentley and I’ve always thought Dierks’s music was a good direction for Casey to lean. Based on Drive I’m encouraged. But you’re right the production will matter. The live vocal doesn’t sound like Casey’s best but it did the job.

    Thanks for the info! Very interesting. :-)

    Of course these songs that Casey are playing now are not going to be his first single. He has written over 50 songs for all we know these songs might not even make the final cut for the album.

    I only wish the audio was a bit better, the softer harder thing is distracting.

  • girlygirl

    Excited to hear something new from Casey. I can’t hear the lyric clearly enough to decide on whether I really like the song, though. His guitar playing is stellar, as always.

    Who knows if this is even supposed to be a single? It sounds like the country/blues-rock I expected him to go in, so good for him.

  • twistdfrk

    I’ve been listening to rock all my life, so NO – this is not your typical rock.

    Put whatever genre you’d like to put it in. I love what I’m hearing nevertheless.

  • sagi

    To me Casey is a Southern Rocker, anyone remember Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, Georgia Satellites, Blackfoot, .38 Special, Black Crowes, to name a few. These guys were all country at heart but could rock it!

  • windmills

    LVD: Of course these songs that Casey are playing now are not going to be his first single. He has written over 50 songs for all we know these songs might not even make the final cut for the album.

    That is a good point but I’d say that since Casey could only play 1 song in front of the DJs and execs in attendance at the Sony boat show, the 1 song that he and the label chose is at least in the running to be the 1st single if not the frontrunner. People usually perform current or upcoming singles at the boat show. But since we don’t know yet there might’ve been some other reason Casey played this one last night.

    Thirsty: A lot of the newer country acts are moving away from the country pop sound and bringing more southern rock, bluegrass, honky tonk sounds back. Heck, some of the singer/songwriters in the folk category are considered country.

    I agree. Maybe I’d modify your statement a little and say the trend is in the direction of rootsier music, like even the poppier sounds are getting rootsier (like The Band Perry). You can see it if you look at the all the new acts that have come into Sony Nashville since Gary Overton’s taken over too.

    I definitely want to get better quality recordings to make out the lyrics and also hear more songs to get more of an idea of where Casey’s headed. But I’m cautiously optimistic because ITA with what girlygirl said: this is a believable mix of country/blues/rock and it sounds like Casey.

  • aidancash

    The southern rock of the seventies would be in the country genre today. The song leaves wanting to hear more from him. Do we know that he only played one song or us there just one video up

  • Eileen99

    LOL, it took me about an hour to realize this thread was about Casey James’ new music and not S10 Casey, so here I am, finally.

    This sounds like the direction I expected Casey to go, and no, this isn’t standard rock but it does remind me of old school southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Allman Bros Band, etc. I’m anxious to hear some of his slower, ballad-type material as well, assuming he’ll have some of that on his record (would love to hear him do something like Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight). I hope he puts out some bluesy-rock, too, which I think I’d probably prefer more than this tbh. Anxious to hear more, though!

  • windmills

    aidancash: The southern rock of the seventies would be in the country genre today. The song leaves wanting to hear more from him. Do we know that he only played one song or us there just one video up

    He only played one song last night on the boat. He played 5 songs tonight opening for Sugarland but it’s too early for videos yet since the concert’s probably still going on.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Here is a photo of Casey performing at Verizon Arena in AR tonight.
    http://plixi.com/p/81627363

    Sugarland & shot of the crowd.
    http://www.whosay.com/Sugarland/photos/15017

  • http://MJO judes

    Thanks for the video Windmills. Southern Rock sounds good to me Eileen. I love it . I hate traditional country twang but love the Country rock vibe with some blues added by Casey. Great to see him having such fun with his music!

  • Thirsty

    windmills: Maybe I’d modify your statement a little and say the trend is in the direction of rootsier music, like even the poppier sounds are getting rootsier (like The Band Perry). You can see it if you look at the all the new acts that have come into Sony Nashville since Gary Overton’s taken over too.

    Rootsy. Yes! This is exactly what I meant to say. I sort of stopped listening to country for a bit because it all started to sound generically like Pop to me, with too many clever/cutesy hooks (and now I am starting to sound like Shooter Jennings – ha!). I love that there seems to be a bit more room now for different sounding acts to break in and would love to see even more of it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Casey already has merchandise?

    CaseyEJames Casey Everett James
    Hey Little Rock, thank you so much for the support tonight! Come meet me after Sugarland. I’m at the merch stand in section 115. C ya there!

  • Truthiness

    Add me to the rock/blues/country chorus as well. And I actually like what I hear here.

    I have zero idea what sells or can do well in Country these days, as I am not fan of most modern country.

    But yeah, I liked this and want to hear more from Casey, and I hope he does well.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Shuechick Christina mcbride
    by Meme4CJ
    Sugarland is awesome. Saw Casey James hangin in the sound both rockin to them too!!

  • twistdfrk

    Casey already has merchandise?

    ETA: Ok someone said it IS a merch table, so he does have stuff.

    It’s nice Casey finally tweeted where he’s at. I bet the fans over there are dying for M&G

  • tierbee

    Ooh, I like this – really looking forward to hearing what Casey has on this album of his.

  • Indigobunting

    Sounds exactly like what I expected from Casey-southern rock. Eileen99, it really reminded me of Allman brothers also. Glad he didn’t countrify it up very much :)

    He must be thrilled to be finally standing on the big stage playing-I’m sure the crowd gave him a good reception.

  • Dlynne

    It’s exactly what I expected, too. I love Southern rock and I could definitely hear it on country radio. He might even get some crossover play, too, with this sound.

  • happyhexer

    Casey is an awesome guitar player. So glad the doctors did what they needed to so that he could play again after his accident.

    I like Casey’s vocals better when he does more blues numbers. Unfortunately, I’m not sure there is a big market for that (despite the fact that I like the genre). But I can see there being an audience for this — whether you call it southern rock or roots rock, etc. It’s marketable. Casey should be just fine!

    I don’t know why Casey woouldn’t have some sort of merchandise to sell. It is one way artists make money at concerts.

    I’d say that since Casey could only play 1 song in front of the DJs and execs in attendance at the Sony boat show, the 1 song that he and the label chose is at least in the running to be the 1st single if not the frontrunner. People usually perform current or upcoming singles at the boat show.

    I agree with Windmills on that.

    Lastly, I found it interesting that the photo credit is from Tony Thomas. He’s a DJ in Seattle. Any Seattle folks here?

  • lifeisgood

    I hope he puts out some bluesy-rock, too, which I think I’d probably prefer more than this tbh. Anxious to hear more, though!

    MTE

  • BootStar

    Sounds like good old southern honky-tonk to me. Not sure how “country” that is, but it sure doesn’t sound like straight rock to these northern ears.

    Can’t judge a whole lot by this video (although I’m glad to have it!), but so far so good, as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure there will be more traditional blues stuff and a couple of ballads on the new album, as well, but I’m going to trust his people to figure out how best to market him to country music radio since I’m no expert on that.

    Personally, I’m just thrilled to finally hear some new music from Casey. Woo-hoo!

  • Incipit

    Late to this partay – and happy to hear something that gives an indication of the direction of Casey’s album, thanks! Making allowances for the sound on a fan provided video…this sounds promising. I like to let music ‘marinate’ before pronouncing on it – and also keep in mind there will be a variety of cuts on an album, so one track doesn’t speak for the whole thing. I don’t care much for ballads, but I can pick and choose thanks to iTunes single tracks – so anything with that Roadhouse Blues/Rock feel will suit me fine…add plenty of varied instrumentation, and I’m happy. *grin*

  • JW

    I am a total Casey fan but I have to say I am disappointed with what I heard with “Drive”. Mediocre comes to mind and that is the same way I felt about Taylor’s first single. Not that I am comparing the two of them…just the way the first music came across for me. I think Casey can do better and perhaps it will improve in production as mentioned. I am eagerly awaiting the videos from Little Rock and hope what I hear is more encouraging. I know Casey can do it!

  • telemetry

    It is nice to finally hear some of Casey’s music! It does sound different,which mean it could either turn out very good or very bad. It would be interesting to hear the song with some production.

  • MaryS-NJ

    Yes! Southern Rock with a bluesy, Texas roadhouse twist. Kind of reminds me a little of the Black Crowes, some of the Black Keyes stuff (skint and you’ll see it),Government Mule and The Derek Trucks Band. Yum! I can’t wait to hear more!

    I wouldn’t call this country…maybe somewhat alt country, but Nashville seems to be THE place to make American music that doesn’t fit in a neatly labled box.

  • BootStar

    This is Shari Geller’s review of last night. Keep in mind she’s a huge fan and supporter, so there will be a natural bias. But sounds promising.

    Casey James Live at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock

    ETA: There are some first-hand accounts further on down. Definitely worth reading. Fairly objective for a fan, which I greatly appreciate.

  • googletot

    There’s two t-shirts with Casey’s name on them, and here’s one: http://yfrog.com/h28h1buj

  • Mtlfan

    Totally what I expected from Casey! Nice southern rock. For sure I’ll give a listen when his album is released

  • car3278sweet

    Yeah! Casey music!

    It’s hard to understand all the words and its a pretty rough vid, but I see potential here. I see it as a pretty free-spirited song that a gal or guy would turn up on the radio and sing along as they drove down the highway. It’s got a nice guitar hook and Casey’s whiskey voice is perfect for the lyric. Is that mediocre? Well, then a lot of radio I listen to is mediocre. ;-)

    I understand your concern, JW, or I think I do. Casey has a lot of depth to him. I saw it in the lyrics of “She” and how passionately he sang it. Powerful. Really powerful. But not every song has to hit you in the gut. Some of them can be just plain fun.

    I’m looking forward to seeing video from last night. That should give us more of an idea of what else is cooking in the Casey camp. Waiting impatiently. Waiting waiting waiting…

  • tripp_ncwy

    Glad to hear Casey did have some merchandise to sell at the concert but too bad his cd is not out yet.

  • poisnivy

    this is exactly the kind of country I like! I’m loving this! I’m so excited to see him myself next week! and I’m so buying one of those shirts.. :)

  • Elliegrll

    I don’t know how this can pass for a Country song. It’s something more gears towards rock radio.

    The same could be said for most Sugarland, Keith Urban and Lady A songs.

  • poohbear

    mmmm…Casey…luv ya!

  • JW

    car3278sweet: Is that mediocre? Well, then a lot of radio I listen to is mediocre. ;-)

    I understand your concern, JW, or I think I do. Casey has a lot of depth to him. I saw it in the lyrics of “She” and how passionately he sang it. Powerful. Really powerful. But not every song has to hit you in the gut. Some of them can be just plain fun.

    I’m looking forward to seeing video from last night. That should give us more of an idea of what else is cooking in the Casey camp. Waiting impatiently. Waiting waiting waiting…

    I hear ya. It would have been awesome if his FIRST outing would have provided the passion and hit you in the gut feeling. Sadly, for me, it was just mediocre and I haven’t read where anyone has raved about it, so I suspect I am not alone in my thoughts. If one who observed it live has a different viewpoint, that would be awesome. Don’t get me wrong now. I have been a big Casey fan and defender from day one! I still am, and like you, I am waiting, waiting and hoping for bigger and better things. Been out all day but so in hopes videos would be posted from tour last night but alas, could not locate same!

  • JW

    Just heard snippets from last night in Little Rock and I am encouraged! :)

  • aidancash

    I would have to hear production of the song to determine if if is single worthy or radio friendly. Kind of reminds me of boots on or something like that. I doubt that will be Caseys first single. They probobly have that under lock and key. This was just a way for them to introduce him to radio. The best stuff I doubt would be played live right now.

  • aidancash

    Where did you hear snippets

  • car3278sweet

    JW:
    03/05/2011 at 2:36 pm
    Just heard snippets from last night in Little Rock and I am encouraged!

    Where are these snippets?? And where are the videos?? ACK.

  • JW

    http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/

    Click above link and page down to this:
    North Country Girl wrote on the Castrocopia Discussion Forum:

    First song very bluesy WooOO. http://www.mediafire.com/?842z5lnxe2xhn7l
    Second song now, more rockabilly–I hear a driving piano. http://www.mediafire.com/?mxuepob2u74qg9x
    Third song piano intro sounds softer, love song (panty dropper?) ;). Really loving this song from what I can hear. http://www.mediafire.com/?ujxl4m56ov8afrp
    Fourth song–another slow one “to me there’s just no way to get over you.” Guitar sounds Allman Brothers; no, maybe Clapton. http://www.mediafire.com/?sy0d9isvidyo616
    Fifth song – scorching electric (slide?) intro.

    Short snippets of each song! I want more!

  • JW

    Yes, where are the videos?

  • chili1000

    It’s obvious from this video that Casey spends more time practicing his guitar licks than his singing. Contrast his generic voice to the unique sound from someone like Scotty McCreery of season 10, and it’s not hard for me to imagine that Casey will struggle to stay relevant while Scotty goes on to have a decent career in Country music.

  • JW

    I posted link for snippets…or tried to. Link is awaiting moderation.

  • JW

    Contrast his generic voice

    I don’t think Casey has a generic voice but what I hear and see in this particular video is generic and mediocre for me.

  • JW

    If you check out this link and page down, you will find links for snippets.

    http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/

  • telemetry

    It’s obvious from this video that Casey spends more time practicing his guitar licks than his singing. Contrast his generic voice to the unique sound from someone like Scotty McCreery of season 10, and it’s not hard for me to imagine that Casey will struggle to stay relevant while Scotty goes on to have a decent career in Country music.

    Music isn’t just always about singing and singing isn’t always about hitting the high or low notes. Casey’s voice is not generic. Scotty is great but he and Casey isn’t really doing the same kind of music so there no reason for comparison.

  • BootStar

    Contrast his generic voice to the unique sound from someone like Scotty McCreery of season 10, and it’s not hard for me to imagine that Casey will struggle to stay relevant while Scotty goes on to have a decent career in Country music.

    I really like Scotty, but he sounds amazingly like Josh Turner, so I don’t get your logic here at all. One may not care for Casey’s voice or his singing, but his voice is easily recognizable and hardly what I’d label “generic.” He really doesn’t sound like anybody currently on the radio that I’m aware of. Who does he sound like to you?

  • car3278sweet

    Thanks JW for the snippets. It’s like torture… 20 seconds of a songs…I’m left on the edge of my seat wanting more. But what I did hear was good. Really good – and they all do show his range – blues, country and rockabilly.

    Also – this is the third time I listened to “Drive” and I like it more and more. That guitar hook is solid.

    It’s obvious from this video that Casey spends more time practicing his guitar licks than his singing. Contrast his generic voice to the unique sound from someone like Scotty McCreery of season 10, and it’s not hard for me to imagine that Casey will struggle to stay relevant while Scotty goes on to have a decent career in Country music.

    Hm. Well, we’ll see. But I think Casey has a very distinctive voice – every time I hear him I know immediately it’s him. Is that generic? Or maybe you mean you just don’t like the quality of his voice. Which is fine. Is Casey an opera singer? Nope. Good. ;-)

    Scotty? The problem Scotty is going to have in country music is that he’s 17. Country, unlike pop, doesn’t gravitate to youngsters. Maybe it’s because the songs are often stories – laden with actual lyrics that say something. It would be hard for me to buy into a 17 year old singing “I Need You Now”. Nope. Look at Chris Young – it’s taken him a while to grow into popularity – what five years? So Scotty has an issue. Plus he’s very old country – which I don’t say as a putdown. But old country wants George Strait – not a 17 year old.

  • Inconnu

    I’m not crazy about this song Drive. It’s the same melody over and over again. I was expecting that it would built to something else (main chorus) but it doesn’t.

    Snippet 1, 3 and 4 seem promising but it’s too short to really know.

  • car3278sweet

    Who does he sound like to you?

    Excellent question. I can’t think of any country singer that sounds like Casey. The closest I can get is Eddie Vedder. Not country at all.

  • car3278sweet

    And if I don’t get some videos soon, I’m going to go mad.

  • googletot
  • music woman

    Woooo! hooooo! New Casey music! He sounds and looks great, his voice strong and his playing is just insane! Thank you so much for posting the videos. There are a couple of songs that are radio worthy with good hooks (Drive & Don’t Say Goodnite) Can hardly wait for his album.

  • googletot
  • Inconnu

    I like his 2 slower songs* and the one at the end Done Made up my Mind like the reviewer called it (3:45 in lenght). It sounds exactly like the type of music he said he would do.

    I like his cover too of Long Tall Texan. I guess I like them all except Drive.

    ETA: This is his set last night:
    Long Tall Texan, Bulletproof, Let’s Don’t Call It A Night*, Till My Guitar Gets Tired of Playing the Blues*, I Just Gotta Drive, and Done Made up My Mind

  • sagi

    Third song piano intro sounds softer, love song (panty dropper?) ;) . Really loving this song from what I can hear. http://www.mediafire.com/?ujxl4m56ov8afrp

    LOL at the phrase panty dropper! But I guess I agree with the analogy! I could see Let’s Don’t Call It A Night being a huge hit! It has that effect! I like everything I have heard so far but THIS should be the first single!! Nothing like a “panty dropper” to get you interested in an album! ;)

  • JW

    Wooooo! THX for posting links for videos! Finally. I LOVE his voice!

  • JW

    LOVE “Let’s Not Call It A Night”

    Wonder if this is one written with Randy Owen as it sounds “Alabamaesque” to me.

    This is surely proof to me that Casey’s voice is not generic!

  • sagi

    uh oh, my comment is awaiting moderation? Did I say something wrong? :(

  • JW

    Wow! Love Done Made Up My Mind!

  • JW

    Love Casey’s rendition of Long Tall Texan. His voice SHINES!

    Till My Guitar Gets Tired of Playing The Blues is ok but not my favorite.

    Drive
    ! OK. Now I can hear this playing on the radio!

  • car3278sweet

    Yeah! Vids! Though I dream of better audio. I know, I’m never satisfied. heh.

    My bet is either Drive or Done Made Up My Mind is the first single. I could hear both on the radio and I do think leading with an upbeat rocking song for the first single is better than a bluesy slower number.

    But my fave is Let’s Not Call it a Night.

  • BootStar

    I love this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQY9xhVnUEM

    Thanks! The first video with decent audio I’ve heard. I love that (“Let’s Not Call it a Night”). The crowd seemed to respond well too. You can see he’s still getting his sea legs performing the new songs before such a large crowd, but he looked so happy up there. I’m really happy for him.

    Do we know how long he’ll be opening for Sugarland? They come to my neck of the woods later in the year, but I might grab a country-music loving girlfriend, put on my best cowboy boots, and go see the show if Casey’s still be on the bill.

  • BootStar

    I can’t edit for some reason, but I just want to add a HUGE THANK YOU to windmills for all the country music coverage.

  • car3278sweet

    Hey Bootstar,

    I think Casey is just scheduled for eight performances in March… the last one beng 3/19. But heck, maybe Sugarland will like him enough to ask him back. ;-)

    I do think Casey’s going to have a pretty full plate in the next few months though. He has to pick the single, do the vid, play it on the show and then start promoting to radio, so my total speculative guess was these eight shows were a way to get “his sealegs” as you said and test market a potentional single and then move onto the work of getting the single going.

    I’m hearing rumbles through the casey crowd that there are more videos coming from last night’s show in Tulsa and Friday’s show. Hopefully some of these will have better audio.

    Some extra great purty pics on burnthismedia.com too. I know, the music. But still. The guy is gorgeous and opening my Sunday morn with some purty is nothing to sneeze at. ;-)

    And yeah! Big shoutout to windmills for all hard work! Thanks windmills!

  • JW

    Information and pix Tulsa.

    http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/

  • JW

    car3278sweet: test market

    This. In a nutshell.

  • LVD

    Lets dont call it a night is good and quite catchy, I think it has potential as a hit single. But my favourite is “Done made up my mind”. “Till my guitar gets tired of playing” is an emotional song with feeling, I like it.

  • Inconnu

    The guy is gorgeous

    I’ve always been a fan of his on the show and I love the type of music he’s playing. Plus I enjoy him so much ihis interviews; he’s very humble, mature and unassuming.

    The hair for me are a distraction and I wish he would just tie them in tha back in a poney tail. I know it sounds funny to say that but I watched all the videos posted in this thread and there are a lot of times when he stop picking his guitar so he can take them off his face, sometimes he toss them around, and I don’t know. I find that distracting. Not sure if it’s part of a style he wants to develop while playing but it’s not working on me. Ah well…

  • car3278sweet

    I’ve listened to “Drive” and “Done Made Up My Mind” several times because I think one of these is likely to be the single. I just can’t see them leading with a slow bluesy number for country radio. meh. Who knows, but I don’t think so. Of the two above, I’m tending toward DMUMM – even though the audio is pretty horrible. I just think it’s more catchy. But I’d be happy with “Drive” too – it’s a good song for driving down the highway.

    The hair for me are a distraction and I wish he would just tie them in tha back in a poney tail.

    Well, he did cut his hair last year after the tour, not short short, but shorter. And you should have heard the chorus of NOOOOOOsss from the casey crowd. I thought it was a bit funny. :-)
    I’ve seen pics of him pre-AI with much shorter hair and have to say I think it’s a good look for him. But maybe TPTB think it’s his signature look and want him to keep it. Frankly, I bet Casey doesn’t give a rip what his hair looks like.

    Just close your eyes and listen, Inconnu. ;-)

  • sagi

    I’ve always been a sucker for long hair guitar players. I think it’s sexy watching the hair and guitar licks dance. *omg that sounded lame* :oops:

  • Inconnu

    Just close your eyes and listen, Inconnu.

    LOL… ok will do!

  • sagi

    Can’t edit, but out of what I have heard I think “Let’s Not Call it a Night” would be a huge success for a single! Country radio would eat that up IMO.

  • Inconnu

    sagi: I’ve always been a sucker for long hair guitar players. I think it’s sexy watching the hair and guitar licks dance. *omg that sounded lame*

    You’re forgiven!

    Can’t edit, but out of what I have heard I think “Let’s Not Call it a Night” would be a huge success for a single! Country radio would eat that up IMO.

    Exactly what I thought when I heard it.

    I can’t edit either, otherwise would have corrected the spelling mistakes on my earlier post. Ah well… again.

  • LVD

    I’ve listened to “Drive” and “Done Made Up My Mind” several times because I think one of these is likely to be the single. I just can’t see them leading with a slow bluesy number for country radio. meh. Who knows, but I don’t think so. Of the two above, I’m tending toward DMUMM – even though the audio is pretty horrible. I just think it’s more catchy. But I’d be happy with “Drive” too – it’s a good song for driving down the highway.

    I dont think Casey will be playing his first single now, they are just testing songs. It has been mentioned that Casey might switch the songs around as the tour goes on.

  • JW

    Frankly, I bet Casey doesn’t give a rip what his hair looks like.

    Frankly, I think you are right! :) He grows (or did) his hair for Locks of Love.

    Will be interesting to see how his sets progress along the way on this tour. He grew on the AI tour and I ‘spect it will be the same this go round. I can hardly wait to hear great audio for that can make a world of difference in what I like and don’t like as much. One thing is for sure with me, his music range is being showcased.

  • JW

    Has anyone heard at what point Casey will be on AI?

  • JW

    http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/

    Page down on the above link and a pix is posted of Casey with Kellie Marie James. First pix I have seen of her.

  • JW

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    agi:
    03/06/2011 at 7:09 am

    Third song piano intro sounds softer, love song (panty dropper?) ;) . Really loving this song from what I can hear. http://www.mediafire.com/?ujxl4m56ov8afrp

    LOL at the phrase panty dropper! But I guess I agree with the analogy! I could see Let’s Don’t Call It A Night being a huge hit! It has that effect! I like everything I have heard so far but THIS should be the first single!! Nothing like a “panty dropper” to get you interested in an album! ;)

    Wasn’t it Aimee Mayo who a few weeks or so ago tweeted that she was listening to Casey sing straight from the heart and used the term “panty dropper”? Surely, it was in reference to LDCIAN! I am just waiting for Casey to get really comfortable and just let it go as he did at homecoming.

  • Inconnu

    There were a couple pics that surfaced of her during his Top 3 Home visit. What a nice picture of them.

  • windmills

    To give credit where credit’s due: MJ‘s the one who updated to embed the Little Rock videos :) I got the CRS video and that was a right place/right time kind of thing.

    I love that Casey’s starting his set with Long Tall Texan! He does a great job with it too, makes it sultry blues meets country. In a way it highlights something I think Casey should try to have for his lead single: something that tells people who he is. NOT in that annoying ‘I’m redneck and Imma gonna shout it from the rooftops’ kind of way but maybe something with lyrics that talk about his guitar or the blues or something like that.

    I like Drive but I don’t think it quite has that. But I still really think that’s the frontrunner to be the lead single right now. That’s the most logical reason for it to be the 1 song Casey played at the Sony boat show. That having been said it’s one of those songs where you can easily imagine it being licensed for NASCAR and stuff like that so the cross promotional opportunities would be there for more exposure. There’s definitely other good things about Drive as a song/single too. It kind of sounds like the instruments are revving up like a car does which is a fun touch.

    But I’d go as far as saying the 2nd song Casey played (Bulletproof?) would be a better though riskier choice for a single (assuming it’s an original). It’s VERY bluesy but also has a little honkytonk flavor. Too, there’s a lyric in there about honking like a long necked goose which cracks me up. It might be too old school for country radio but it’d sure stand out and make people notice Casey. I’m hoping that one’s not a cover.

    I like Done Made Up My Mind but that’s pretty much blues/rock, not really country. It doesn’t mean it wouldn’t fit country radio (Jason Aldean and Eric Church both are getting hits with songs that are more rock than country) but I don’t think it’s what should be Casey’s lead single.

    Out of the ballads My Guitar’s Tired Of Playing The Blues is the one that’s jumping out at me more. It’s kind of blues/pop/country. It’s lyrically stronger than the other ballad and I think it’s more distinctive. The other one is nice but the lyrics are mundane. It’s interesting how it’s kind of country soul.

    I like the set of songs Casey’s doing. The songs are good quality and they’re a good mix with enough country in there that Casey being marketed to country isn’t one of those square peg/round hole kind of things.

  • LVD

    Out of the ballads My Guitar’s Tired Of Playing The Blues is the one that’s jumping out at me more. It’s kind of blues/pop/country. It’s lyrically stronger than the other ballad and I think it’s more distinctive. The other one is nice but the lyrics are mundane. It’s interesting how it’s kind of country soul.

    The more I listen to this song the more I like it. It has some real feeling, I would to hear this song with better audio.

  • JW

    I don’t recall seeing this posted. If double post, sorry.

    Casey James, who finished third in the 2010 season of American Idol took the stage first. James’ success from television transitioned into success on a concert stage as many fans filed into the arena wearing “We Love Casey James” T-shirts. While James only performed a roughly 20-minute set, he performed new songs many had not heard yet, which made them almost forgettable. Two things however could not be forgotten: James is a great singer, but he’s even more of a guitarist with enormous talent.

    http://thevoice.uamont.edu/8-17/arts-entertainment/sugarland

  • JW

    http://www.lowcountrytoday.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=22871

    Casey James Ready To Re-Introduce Himself To His Fans
    Down in Texas we call it ‘red dirt country’ music. It’s the kind that connects with regular folks.”

    James says its great to be able to be in front of thousand of fans. Since the American Idol summer tour finished James has only played showcases for record labels. “I’ve got the itch again to get back on stage.” Although he doesn’t have a single on the radio he says he has a lot to offer. “I’ll be doing songs I’ve been recording. Songs that may make their way onto the album. And I throw in one of two covers.”

    James’ music is best described as country with a lot of 70’s southern rock influences. However you label his music, James is just hoping he will re-connect with fans. “I’m in Nashville because this is where I feel comfortable. The music I’m recording and the musicians I’m working with get what direction I’m heading in. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity Idol has given me and now I’m excited about what I can do on my own.”

  • Inconnu

    JW, thanks for these links.

    He’s testing his songs it seems like. I say he’s off to a very good start.

  • Nostradamas

    I like how Casey is being handled as an “artist” and not just raw meat to get a hit or two off of thier AI experience and then dump them from the label.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see his set list be modified as crowd response will dictate what songs end up on his CD….not just throw some generic songs on it and put it out there like so many other AI contestants….who are soon forgotten.

    Casey should be around for a long time, if he’s handled right….looks good for now.

  • BootStar

    Thanks JW for those links and THANKS MJ! Wow, the site is all new and different. Gonna take me a few days to get used to it, but I’m so thankful for the Casey coverage.

    windmills, thanks for your take on the various songs Casey debuted. I really value your knowledge when it comes to country music and the commercial aspects of marketing to country music radio.

    So far I like what I’m hearing from Casey, and it does seem to represent his various “sides” well. Time will tell, but so far so good it seems.

  • sagi

    @Nostradamas I don’t think I’ve seen you post in forever (unless it is on a thread I don’t frequent?) Good to see you, and ITA with your comment!

  • ri

    just got home from a weekend away and now i can immerse myself in the glory of all new Casey-ness. thank you MJ and WINDMILLS. you’re the best!!!

  • chili1000

    Who does he sound like to you?

    LOL he sounds a lot like my cousin Donny, but Donny isn’t nearly as good of a guitar player.

  • JW

    Nostradamas:
    03/06/2011 at 8:05 pm

    I like how Casey is being handled as an “artist” and not just raw meat

    YES! I sense Casey is being given the respect he deserves as a musican/singer. And it appears seasoned writers and others realize his talent and possibilities.

  • JW

    http://caseymania.blogspot.com/

    Check out Glenda’s review of the show in LR.

  • JW

    Just listened and watched the videos posted on CASEYMANIA and I can hardly wait now to hear good audio as I think I see potential in each of the songs played. WOW! This long, tall Texan has a hunk of talent and is one awesome Dude. Love his voice.

  • artistatheart

    But I’m cautiously optimistic because ITA with what girlygirl said: this is a believable mix of country/blues/rock and it sounds like Casey.

    I was lucky to be there. Agree with above, which is most important, hands down. I don’t know if he came off as “owning the stage” as much as when doing “I Got Mine” on Idol tour, but for first performance with his own new band, he hit it spot on as a legit opener for as big a draw as Sugarland. From what I saw the crowd got him. Tweaking for production single = de rigeur.

  • car3278sweet

    That having been said it’s one of those songs where you can easily imagine it being licensed for NASCAR and stuff like that so the cross promotional opportunities would be there for more exposure

    Wow. What a great idea, windmills. I agree, Drive doesn’t hit everything Casey can do and isn’t the bestest song in the entire world, but it’s catchy, it’s solid. It was in my head all day yesterday.

    What I find interesting after listening to all these songs several times is that I like them all- I don’t find any duds. Each has a distinct style and each delivers. I find different sides of CEJ – blues, then honky-tonk, then a swatch of twangy country, then back to solid rock. It’s just this neverending riff of all that’s America’s music mixed and swirled into, for me, a feast of good music.

    Oh, except for maybe hip-hop. I don’t see hip-hop being added to this mix anytime soon. LOL.

    In any case, this is what Casey said he as going to do and he also said (paraphrasing) – it’s either going to go up or it’s going to down. And he was willing to take the chance on that and be who he was. I really honor that.

  • car3278sweet

    was lucky to be there. Agree with above, which is most important, hands down. I don’t know if he came off as “owning the stage” as much as when doing “I Got Mine” on Idol tour, but for first performance with his own new band, he hit it spot on as a legit opener for as big a draw as Sugarland. From what I saw the crowd got him. Tweaking for production single = de rigeur.

    artistatheart – where does this quote/review come from? I haven’t seen it.

  • pamrichva

    I’ve been listening to the videos from the shows over and over. Sometimes music has to grow on me. I think “Drive” is the strongest contender for a country single and must be their pick since showcased at the CRS show. I’ve been a country fan since…probably Kenny Rogers heyday…with some periods of giving it a rest for one reason or another. I also love blues, but realize that it isn’t a mainstream genre. Even though I like “Drive,” I am not as overwhelmed as I wanted to be. It is growing on me. I am a Travis Tritt fan and this reminds me of him and I can see the Dierks Bentley comparison that was made as well. I don’t think any of the other songs are gonna fit in mainstream country, even today. I think the genre allows for a blues edge or rock edge, but not so much for straight on blues or rock (even southern), which I think the other songs were. I was hoping for a stronger ballad. I like them, but they didn’t blow me away. I probably like “Bulletproof” best, but like another poster I’m not sure whether that is a cover. Hearing the songs when produced for a CD may win me over more. I think “Done Made Up My Mind” may actually be the most natural for Casey, but I really don’t think that will suit mainstream. There is “Wide Open Country” programming on CMT and The Nashville 11 channel and others on sattelite that play outside of the “box” would likely welcome all of these songs, but that’s not gonna get him the superstar hits that fans like me want for him. I would LOVE to be proven wrong! I also realize that I am an older fan and this may appeal more to a younger audience which is usually the target for music marketing. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, I guess my expectations were pretty high and maybe that wasn’t fair. They are all good songs.

    I am interested to know who the co-writers were for these picks. I’ve not understood why there have been so many writers unless they’ve not found what they’re looking for yet. I’ve noticed that artists usually stick with a few writers per CD and sometimes through a career, but Casey seems to have been all over the place. I think he’ll find his place and then it’ll be awesome.

    I think I personally prefer “Shine Your Shoes” to any of these. I think it has more depth and if he’s gonna do blues, then I like that one best so far.

    Something that I do appreciate is that Casey needs to write, record and perform what comes from his heart, regardless of the potential for commercial success (not that I’m counting that out), and for that I definitely respect him and will no doubt remain a proud fan for the duration. I love blues!

    I will be very interested to hear what comes next and how the song selection for a CD plays out and will certainly continue to support and promote Casey when something is released.

  • ri

    i’ve been listening to these videos and this is VERY solid new stuff coming from Casey. i am beyond excited. (notice i said i was LISTENING to the videos. that’s because looking at them turns me into a dreamy schoolgirl and i truly am trying to appreciate the music without being influenced by his ability to arouse me in other ways!)

  • twistdfrk
  • ri

    why thank you, TWISTDFRK. if Lyndsey Parker is a fan of CJs, then i’m a fan of Lyndsey Parker.

  • JW

    Lunch with Casey James this Thursday !!
    Monday 03-07-2011 3:41pm ET

    http://www.wsslfm.com/pages/beth_bradley.html

  • car3278sweet

    Pamrichva – thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate hearing what a real country fan thinks of CEJ’s stuff. And I do think we are all expecting amazing stuff from the guy, and have set a pretty high standard.

    Geez. He’s just figuring everything out – from songwriting with people other than his brother, marketing, recording, making connections, being on a stage with established artists, trying to forge relationships with new management, new label, new band members, radio peeps – much less new fans…And then debuting music in front of thousands of mostly “who the heck is this guy?” concert goers. I would think it must be overwhelming at times.

    I grew up with Lynrd Skynrd, Eagles, John Fogerty… all of whom, at this point IMHO, would be considered country. Country seems to have become the refuge for many artists who do not fall into the “Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Brittany, Beiber” crowd – which dominates pop and HAC. And rock? Really, rock? True rock? What has happened to it? It isn’t being played – there’s only hiphop and the above listed singers. Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi would be “poor Bruce” and “who’s that crowd?” right now. I worry for David Cook, because he’s good, and he’s right in the groove with Bruce and Bon Jovi.

    I think something is changing though. The emergence of Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons might mean a shift. I hope so. I have bought both CDs and think they are GREAT. I truly cannot listen to pop radio anymore. Nothing to do with my age. I used to listen to new pop radio on a regular basis. It’s everything to do with the “music” playing now. It is generic, lifeless and mechanical. Even the good artists succomb to crazy antics just to get attention. I do not need to see Pink swinging wet and fairly naked from a rope to like her music. Just sing good songs everyone. I’ll buy.

  • car3278sweet

    The fact that there’s buzz about Drive after some fairly mediocre vids/audio says something, doesn’t it?

  • JW

    pamrichva:Sometimes music has to grow on me.
    Even though I like “Drive,” I am not as overwhelmed as I wanted to be. It is growing on me.
    I guess my expectations were pretty high and maybe that wasn’t fair. They are all good songs.
    I think he’ll find his place and then it’ll be awesome.
    Something that I do appreciate is that Casey needs to write, record and perform what comes from his heart, regardless of the potential for commercial success (not that I’m counting that out), and for that I definitely respect him and will no doubt remain a proud fan for the duration. I love blues!

    My sentiments exactly! Thanks for your clear expressions!

  • JW

    car3278sweet:
    03/07/2011 at 6:29 pm

    The fact that there’s buzz about Drive after some fairly mediocre vids/audio says something, doesn’t it?

    I don’t know how much buzz there is about Drive. It is growing on me but until I hear really good audio, the jury is still out. I think that Casey is getting his feet wet in the big time arena and it will take a bit for things to settle in. He has great talent and possibilities. Waiting……….

  • car3278sweet

    There are some stellar vids up on burnthismedia – all songs in entirety and the audio is very good. Camera work is good also

  • http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/casey-james-live-at-the-verizon-arena-in-north-little-rock/ twistdfrk

    There are some stellar vids up on burnthismedia – all songs in entirety and the audio is very good. Camera work is good also

    Here’s the link, if you lost it

    http://burnthismedia.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/casey-james-live-at-the-verizon-arena-in-north-little-rock/

    Those uploads from Polinka have 9/10 audio, 10/10 video quality