Big news for Casey James! As teased by a Columbia Nashville ad in Monday’s Country Aircheck, the Season 9 3rd place finisher and rising country act is releasing a new single to country radio, a follow up to his t20 Mediabase debut single “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and his t15 Billboard and Mediabase hit “Crying On A Suitcase.” News out of this week’s Country Radio Seminar is that CaseyJ’s next single will be…”The Good Life,” which CaseyJ cowrote with Scooter Carusoe. The upbeat tune hits radio on 4/1.
But wait, that’s not all! CaseyJ is also set to join the soon-to-begin Taylor Swift Red tour for several dates according to Country Aircheck, which reports:
Taylor Swift has chosen Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James for guest slots on The Red Tour, which opens March 13 in Omaha. Crouse is slated for 11 shows, Eldredge for 14, FGL for seven and James for 14. Ed Sheeran was previously announced for all tour stops, and Austin Mahone joins the bill in stadiums. The tour will include 58 shows in 45 cities, including nine stadium dates.
CaseyJ will be the secondary opener at each of his dates, which we will add to this post as soon as they become available. Ed Sheeran, as the primary opener, will directly precede Taylor’s headlining set.
UPDATE: CaseyJ will join the closing portion of the “Red” tour, including a stadium date in Chicago, all 4 Los Angeles arena dates, and all 3 Nashville arena dates! He’s actually playing 19 dates on the “Red” tour in 14 cities. Via ABC News Radio Online
8/6 — INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas: Casey James
8/7 — BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma: Casey James
8/10 — Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois: Austin Mahone and Casey James
8/15 — Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California: Casey James
8/19 & 20 — Staples Center, Los Angeles, California: Casey James
8/23 & 24 — Staples Center, Los Angeles, California: Casey James
8/27 — Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California: Casey James
8/30 — Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon: Casey James
8/31 — Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington: Casey James
9/6 — Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota: Casey James
9/7 & 8 — Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota: Casey James
9/12 — Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina: Casey James
9/13 — PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina: Casey James
9/14 — John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia: Casey James
9/19, 20 & 21 — Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee: Casey James
Previously, Kellie Pickler was Swift’s primary opener for her whole Fearless tour in 2009, and Danny Gokey was a secondary opener for 10 of Swift’s Speak Now dates in 2011.
Historically, the opening gig on Taylor’s tour hasn’t done a whole lot for the sales and airplay of country acts. However the exposure isn’t going to hurt and this represents a great media opportunity as CaseyJ promotes his 3rd single. CaseyJ’s self-titled debut album (which he co-produced) has sold 71k since its March 2012. “Crying On A Suitcase” has sold 317k downloads as of last week, an improvement over “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night”‘s last known sales of 106k as of April 2012.
Good luck, CaseyJ! Be careful around Swifty, she doesn’t take jokes well and she seems to be on a constant hunt for new material ;) But seriously, congratulations!
CaseyJ rehearses “The Good Life” via VEVO: