Casey James had teased back in September 2012 that he was starting to work on material for a 2nd album. His setlist at last night’s show at the Grizzly Rose in Denver shows he wasn’t kidding, as he debuted 7 (!!) new songs. Check out video courtesy MichInColo.
“She’s My Girl”
“Fallin Too Hard”
“Breaking Through The Blue”
“Can’t Give Up”
So when can we expect studio versions of these and other songs? CaseyJ’s current single “Crying On A Suitcase,” the 2nd off his self-titled debut album, hits the Mediabase t15 at country radio this week with a new peak of #14. It has sold 252k downloads with 19k sold last week, and CaseyJ’s debut album has sold 66k albums to date. CaseyJ has told the Lubbock Avalanche Journal that he expects there to be a 3rd single from his debut album. But with how long it takes singles from non-established acts to climb at country radio, it makes sense to start preparing new material to build on any momentum from that 3rd single, and probably also to get CaseyJ’s label Columbia Nashville invested in the potential of the new songs to take his career to the next level. Meanwhile CaseyJ continues to play live around the country, with another show at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth on 1/18 and shows in Nashville and Atlanta scheduled to close out the month of January.
The new music features features the Southern rock/blues/country mix that is and should be CaseyJ’s calling card and sounds hookier and a little more musically edgy than a lot of the sunnier songs on CaseyJ’s debut while remaining generally upbeat. What do you think of the new tunes, and are there any that already stand out to you?