Yet Another Casey James Song Collaboration!

More Casey James collaboration news! Nashville based songwriter Patrick Davis tweeted:

Writing today with the pretty @CaseyEJames & the hungover Dallas Davidson… Good songs on the way

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UPDATE: Davis tweets that he and Casey have written 4 songs together.

As a writer Patrick Davis leans country-rock. He cowrote Darius Rucker’s “Be Wary Of A Woman” from his debut country album, as well as the lead single off Jason Michael Carroll’s sophomore album which was called “Where I’m From”. He also cowrote “We Threw It All Away” off the same album.

Dallas Davidson had the most #1 country hits of any songwriter in 2010. His #1 hits last year include Josh Turner’s “All Over Me”, Joe Nichols’s “Gimmie That Girl”, Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight”, and Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is A Good Thing”. He’s also hit #1 with the Brad Paisley/Keith Urban collab “Start A Band” and Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll. He’s also got Joe Nichols’s current single “The Shape I’m In”.

Check out a recent interview Dallas Davidson did about songwriting with Country Chart Talk.

Some of Casey’s other reported collaborations include Aimee Mayo,   Chris Lindsey and  Alabama’s Randy Owen, and Jaren Johnston.

The Casey James Band will open for Sugarland for eight dates beginning in March. Casey tweets that it’s possible he’ll perform new album cuts on tour.

The band’s debut album is set to be released later this year on BNA Records.

Major reporting by Windmills

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117 Comments

  1. i believe there is a reason Casey has all these great people rallying around him. besides his obvious talent (and glaring beauty, lol), he is at heart a simple easy-going guy who’s in it for the love of music. his humility and gratitude probably make him a pleasure to work with. i’m just so excited for this guy. he is a class act and soooo deserving. keep the Casey news coming, MJ. good work, WINDMILLS.

  2. Woo Casey! I can’t wait to hear this record. I think Casey has some really good stuff coming our way. (and his!) :) Things do seem to be going well for him, and that makes me very happy.

  3. These are some big guns writing with Casey. And they all seem to praise him highly after meeting with him. Yep, good things are coming his way (and ours)!

  4. Excitement and anticipation build up everyday for the Casey James band. These are awesome roster of songwriters he’s working with. Sony BNA, you got it going right thanks heaps to ur vote of confidence for Casey!

  5. I kind of think Casey could end up being the most successful out of Season 9!

  6. Everything is there for Casey to be a huge success. BNA Is putting there mpney behind him and hooking him up with great writers. Its pretty obvious Casey has everything to have a great career in country and it looks like he has already shred the dreaded season nine bad season thing. Its going to be fun to see his evolution into a star.

  7. I think its a bit early to say he will be the most successful from season 9 and that he’s going to be a star. We haven’t heard any of his new music yet.

  8. He really is season nine’s only hope at this point. You don’t hear much about Lee/Crystal. Their albums just weren’t strong enough to keep the masses interested (to make it even worse they weren’t even that radio friendly). They will make sure Casey is a success so s9 can’t be called a complete failure.

  9. So glad to hear more good news for Casey! Can’t wait for the album!!

  10. Dont give up on Crystal. I think they are doing a good thing with getting her video on cmt. If they were smart they would try country radio. Problem is jive isnt a country label and they rpobably wont do that. I cant wait to see where Casey is at in one year.

  11. It’s too early to know if Casey will have any real immediate success, or whether any of these collaborations will yield great songs, but it still has to be encouraging that he’s getting to work with so many successful songwriters.

  12. Casey could do better than Crystal and Lee and still not be a viable country act so having the most success (whatever that means) from s9 shouldn’t be the standard. But I also agree Crystal’s got some good stuff going for her and down the line if she ends up on a label like Lost Highway she could come up with something special.

    I usually don’t guess at stuff like this but based on the kind of stuff these guys right I’m expecting the kind of country rock songs you hear on country radio these days. Which being honest is something I have mixed feelings about. I like the Josh Turner/Joe Nichols songs mentioned and the Darius Rucker song is one of the best songs off his album. But Dallas Davidson has written a lot of those generic “I’m country so I’m going to namedrop the legends and shout about how redneck I am” songs. He even cowrote a song called Kiss My Country A** that’s on 1 of Blake Shelton’s EPs that came out last year.

    Country radio eats those songs up but the guys who sing them don’t sell a lot of records because the songs all sound the same. The songs also get ripped up critically. Here’s a good blog that talks about how those songs are part of country’s identity crisis.

    I’m hoping Casey writing with these guys will be able to put his own stamp on things especially with his guitar riffs. He doesn’t need to be singing about how country he is, he should let his music speak for itself.

    They seem to be casting a pretty wide net as far as who Casey’s working with, everybody from Aimee Mayo/Randy Owen to Tom Douglas to Jaren Johnston (who I found out has cowritten a song that might be on Dierks Bentley’s new album). Plus Shane Mcanally I think who seems to be working with more than one BNA act (Kenny Chesney and Kellie too). That’s a good thing for Casey.

  13. twistdfrk:
    02/07/2011 at 5:59 pm

    Excitement and anticipation build up everyday for the Casey James band. These are awesome roster of songwriters he’s working with. Sony BNA, you got it going right thanks heaps to ur vote of confidence for Casey!

    Yes, it is an awesome roster and very exciting.

    tinawina:
    02/07/2011 at 5:28 pm

    Man, they are not messing around with Casey, are they?

    NO, and I am loving it.

    Happy Dance Across The Floor.

  14. If Casey does better then Lee and Crystal he has already become a viable country act. I am not sure where that came from. Country is different. You are considered a hige success as a new artist if you sell 40 or 50 thousand the first week and steadily just sell cds and downloads. The band Perry only sold 58 thousand the first week but have sold almost 2 million downloads of if I die young. Coutry acts dont get droppped like a hot potato if they dont go platnum.

  15. I dont think those country acts care if they get ripped up critically if thye are selling out concerts and they have a ton of fans. Like darius Rucker said he dont write for the critics. He writes for the fans and for country radio

  16. I am not measuring Casey’s success by what the others from S9 do. In my book, Casey is already successful in his own right and by his own standards of which he spoke, and he is getting to do that which he loves. IMO, he has obtained a goal of which he could probably never fathom. It is exciting and encouraging to hear of those with whom he is writing.

    I’m hoping Casey writing with these guys will be able to put his own stamp on things especially with his guitar riffs. He doesn’t need to be singing about how country he is, he should let his music speak for itself.

    I can’t even imagine Casey singing about “how country he is” and I don’t expect that at all. ITA with letting him put his own stamp on things and the guitar riffs. I can’t imagine him singing anything redneck such as not knowing why his wife left him as he let her know when she got too fat. And there really are such lyrics. Not Casey and wouldn’t work. No doubt those in music business know this.

  17. aidancash:
    02/07/2011 at 7:41 pm

    I dont think those country acts care if they get ripped up critically if thye are selling out concerts and they have a ton of fans. Like darius Rucker said he dont write for the critics. He writes for the fans and for country radio

    And I think you are right. I just don’t see Casey with the Hee-Haw music though.

  18. That argument about Casey singing hee haw music is invalid. These writers will get to know Casey and they will write was is relevent for him. Does Kieth Urban sing hee haw music. NO. Does Darius Rucker no. I really cant stand it everytime I hear that about Casey and country. Of coruse Casey isnt going to sing about drinking songs anyone who knows anything about him knows that isnt him.

  19. Newbie here in AI post season land. Sooooo… clearly all these collaberations are being paid for by his label? Correct? I’m a bit bemused at the Randy Owens thing then. Does Randy really need the money to write with a newbie from AI? If he needs dough (unlikely) wouldn’t he pick a Carrie Underwood or a Rascal Flats? It strikes me as odd.

    Anyway. To this newbie’s eye, this seems like much more than usual as far as songwriting connections. I remember reading about Lee working with others and I’m reading about other idols connections (learning, learning)…

    But right out of the gate? A supposed bummer of an AI season with no real star power.. blah blah blah. And somehow this non star gets writing gigs with Oscar nominated-writers, legendary country stars and the top songwriter of 2010?

    Is this normal?

  20. I can’t even imagine Casey singing about “how country he is” and I don’t expect that at all.

    Ditto. If for no other reason then his behavior on the show. Everybody raved about Crystal “staying who she is” – cool beans. I give her props for that.

    But quietly, in a gentleman-like fashion, Casey was just as solid about keeping it real. He never once changed who he was and what he sang to try and please the judges. Frankly, he sometimes, subtly, told them to take a hike. He has this very nice ironic humor. Which I loved.

    I cannot imagine any scenario where Mr. James starts singing about drinking and his fat wife. WAAAAAAYYY too classy for that.

  21. Thats because Casey is the real deal. He plays writes has a great voice and tone. Has the look. He is the total package. Casey isnt the normal run of the mill idol wanna be famous contestant. Crystal is the same as Casey. It may just take here a little more time since she did not have the buildup to her album. NOt only is he writing with these big names they are all calling him the real deal and how talented he is. They did not have to say that. Noone is saying Casey is a shoe in to be a star but going into the country field where it was his natural fit he has so much potential for that to happen. Watching Kieth Urban yestereday on the SB pregame Casey can have that kind of appeal

  22. I wasn’t all that impressed with Casey on Idol. I did see him on the idol tour and he does have amazing guitar skills. I think his guitar playing is better than his singing.

    Crystal and Lee worked with big name songwriters as well, so I don’t think Casey’s situation is any different.

  23. Tell me what hitmakers who are writing hits right now did Crystal and Lee write with. I may be missing something but all I remember is crystal writing with a bunch of old people. And I could not tell you anything about lee. Casey is defintly writing with a lot more of thje current hit makers then the others two.

  24. aidancash: If Casey does better then Lee and Crystal he has already become a viable country act.

    I was thinking about airplay. I’m obviously aware of the sales issue and think Casey would be overachieving if he even got 40k 1st week.

    aidancash: I dont think those country acts care if they get ripped up critically if thye are selling out concerts and they have a ton of fans. Like darius Rucker said he dont write for the critics.

    The Blake Sheltons/Billy Curringtons of the world aren’t really selling out concerts though. That was my point: they get tons of radio play but don’t really get the sales to match. The only reason Blake’s getting any attention now is he’s Miranda’s fiance. I know he had a long career before that but the whole knock on him was that he hasn’t been able to take it to the next level.

    I think Casey’s got the chance to distinguish himself from them and I hope he does. I also think he NEEDS to distinguish himself from them so he doesn’t seem like the latest wannabe a la Josh Thompson/Josh Kelley.

    I like Casey. I’d love for him to do a mix of country/blues/rock with a song or 2 with a bluegrass flavor. That kind of mix could get him major cred to go along with the authenticity he has. That’s what I think he should be doing, not chasing the Blake Shelton/Jason Aldean formula (and I’m not saying he is, though the pressure from the label may or may not be there). IMO he’s got better music in him than those guys.

    aidancash: I really cant stand it everytime I hear that about Casey and country. Of coruse Casey isnt going to sing about drinking songs anyone who knows anything about him knows that isnt him.

    If you say so as far as what he’s going to sing. I don’t think it’s him either but the writers he’s writing with have done a lot of that kind of songwriting. That’s all I was saying.

    By the way Brad Paisley does not drink. At all. Yet one of his most popular hits is a little song called Alcohol (which is a snarky song but it’s also kind of a party song). So if Casey DID sing drinking songs depending on the kind of song, it wouldn’t necessarily be inauthentic.

    car3278sweet: Sooooo… clearly all these collaberations are being paid for by his label? Correct?

    No. The “payment” comes if the songs they write get put on hold and more so if they make Casey’s album and the writers get royalties from that.

    car3278sweet: To this newbie’s eye, this seems like much more than usual as far as songwriting connections.

    It’s not better than the kind of connections Carrie and Kellie were making when they came out of AI. But it’s nice seeing him make connections anyway. He’s not a special snowflake but there seems to be a good foundation for him and he’s being treated well.

  25. It’s too early to know if Casey will have any real immediate success, or whether any of these collaborations will yield great songs, but it still has to be encouraging that he’s getting to work with so many successful songwriters.

    Ditto.

    A real effort seems to be ongoing with Casey, as opposed to say, Kristy Lee Cook. So that’s a good thing. Someone somewhere believes in him.

  26. Aidancash, Lee wrote with Claude Kelly, Toby Gad, John Shanks, David Hodges, Espionage. Some of them wrote for Beyonce, Britany Spear, Fergie, Keith Urban, Train, etc.

  27. For Casey it isnt going to be about first week sales. Country cds and songs have legs. They stay on the charts forever. Also if you look say at Miranda Lambert what her first week sales were compared to what she has sold now it shows how country music has legs.

    I dont know how many seats Billy or Blake are selling. I do know not many acts can headline major arenas. Billy currington is going on your with kenny Chesney. Alot of country acts will pull together and coheadline tours or a star will bring in another act who has had a ton of succeess to open for them. Billy Currington doesnt really drink either but yet he has a popular song about drinking bear. But I really dont see Casey pulling those kind of songs out of his hat. If he does its because he helped cowrite and that is what he wanted to write about. I mean you cant say it isnt him if he has a hand in writing it.

  28. tinawina: A real effort seems to be ongoing with Casey, as opposed to say, Kristy Lee Cook. So that’s a good thing. Someone somewhere believes in him.

    This I agree with. Casey’s definitely not getting the KLC treatment. One hurdle cleared! He’s being hooked up with good writers/hitmakers. Another hurdle cleared! He’s being given a lot of time to write seeing as he started hanging with songwriters back in the middle of September. Another hurdle cleared!

    The hurdles ahead are stuff like the songs being good and well produced, a good single choice, good buzz for the single, radio catching on, people catching on,….

  29. i don’t envision Casey breaking any sales records by any means, but i do think he will have a long, steady, successful career, slowly expanding his fanbase over a period of years, making many albums along the way. he has the mindset of Derek Jeter. that guy would play baseball even if he didn’t get paid for it, because he absolutely loves the game. i think Casey feels the same way about his music. therefore it would never come down to a decision to compromise himself.

  30. i don’t envision Casey breaking any sales records by any means, but i do think he will have a long, steady, successful career, slowly expanding his fanbase over a period of years, making many albums along the way.

    Yes I agree with this, I don’t expect big initial sales after all the bashing S9 got and Lee’s low album sales. But I do think he can steadily build himself up. What he will need initially is radio play.
    The label is obviously invested in him and he is writing with all of the right people, that is a good start.

    I like Casey. I’d love for him to do a mix of country/blues/rock with a song or 2 with a bluegrass flavor. That kind of mix could get him major cred to go along with the authenticity he has. That’s what I think he should be doing, not chasing the Blake Shelton/Jason Aldean formula (and I’m not saying he is, though the pressure from the label may or may not be there). IMO he’s got better music in him than those guys.

    I do think this is something that Casey could do, and it is also properly the reason why the label were interested in him to begin with. Being another generic artist is not good, you need to do something different. Casey has own way and sound.

    It seems like Casey is networking and making some good connections, he is doing as well as he could be doing at this stage. I have a feeling Casey might do pretty well for himself in the future, yes that isn’t very scientific it is just a feeling. :-)

  31. Some lack of info here. First, Crystal wrote solely 8 of her songs,co-wrote and bridged 2 songs, did a Chad KRoeger & Kara Dioguardi tune at bequest of label, and then a Stephen Stills classic. All are good, but most reviews favor her own songs.

    Secondly, many Of us AI viewers had Casey as the strongest male. In fact, early in the season the group appeared to be female dominate as quoted even by Simon. Most folks had Casey as the ultimate chellenger to Crystal. Then the judges kind of turned on Casey and started all that weird John Mayer talk for him, while starting the completely unfair comparisons of Lee to 3 Doors Down and those type bands (which was very unfair and not even close).

    Many of us Crystal fans actually like Casey and will support him. You can praise Casey without getting negative on the others as that only serves to hurt your artist support. I hope all these kids do well and I especially liked the stand by your roots S9 artists independence.

  32. He really is season nine’s only hope at this point. You don’t hear much about Lee/Crystal. Their albums just weren’t strong enough to keep the masses interested (to make it even worse they weren’t even that radio friendly). They will make sure Casey is a success so s9 can’t be called a complete failure.

    I think Crystal is busy building herself up, her sales are steady. It is a shame 3rd place finishers get so little promo, Casey is the only one with a real shot at commercial success.

    I think his guitar playing is better than his singing.

    That is obvious, since Casey is really a great guitar player. However being a better singer then a guitar player, does not necessarily sell you any albums.

  33. Casey isnt the normal run of the mill idol wanna be famous contestant.

    I really agree with you. There is something very special about Casey. He seems to have it all. Now, I would love to see Casey eventually tour with Carrie!

  34. Crystal and Lee worked with big name songwriters as well, so I don’t think Casey’s situation is any different.

    For Lee, is any of his co-writes have Grammy nomination, or has been a part of the biggest country act in the 70s? These are facts, and we’re just excited with the accolades of those who collaborate with Casey. Give us fans the chance to celebrate :)

    As for Crystal, I always dig her she reminds me a lot of Jewel. She is a genuine artist, her knack for songwriting will only get better. I love Mason FYI.

  35. Many of us Crystal fans actually like Casey and will support him.

    A lot of Casey fans also supported Crystal and bought her album.

  36. Easyrider, I wouldn’t agree Casey was the strongest male early on. In fact I think he took a very laid back approach early, plus the entire Kara fiasco took attention away from his singing. My feeling was that he wanted to end up in top 3 but didn’t feel he really wanted to win it. Again just my opinion.

    Twistdfk, John Shanks who worked with Lee is a grammy winning producer and so is Toby Gad, not sure about the others.

    My point here is I’m sure Casey is working with great people but other past idols have too, its not that this is something new. As someone said about Carrie and Kelly worked with top people as well.

  37. A lot of Casey fans also supported Crystal and bought her album.

    Yes. I really enjoy Crystal’s music and can’t wait for Casey’s! They were my two favorites from early on in the competition.

    I think he took a very laid back approach early, plus the entire Kara fiasco took attention away from his singing. My feeling was that he wanted to end up in top 3 but didn’t feel he really wanted to win it. Again just my opinion.

    I think Casey actually said that he had no expectations about winning and never expected to make it as far as he did. He’s a very humble guy. But I agree that the Kara crap did him a disservice… in fairness, my first impression of Casey was embarrassment because he took off his shirt for the judges. It was during Hollywood that he showed his talent on “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and I think that’s when he set himself apart in the competition as a musician.

    It helped that Casey had a showstopper performance with Jealous Guy, and got the best duet (IMO) with Brett Michaels during the finale. Some people will always dismiss Casey as the guy who took off his shirt, but plenty of others – fans and people in the business, who get to know him recognize his talent despite the Idol judges’ best efforts to marginalize him.

    I’m thrilled for Casey. He’s getting paid to do the thing he loves the most, making music. I’m just impatiently waiting to hear it.

  38. for some reason i am super sensitive when people talk about Casey’s lack of singing ability. can he hit the million-dollar notes like some of the other idol singers? no, probably not. but for the style and genre he is aiming for, his voice is PERFECTION. that grittiness is exactly what the blues-rock sound calls for. and the natural vibrato in his voice gives him that Eddie Vedder cool. i couldn’t love his voice more. and while i realize this is purely a subjective thing, i do believe there are plenty of people who believe his voice is a perfect fit for the music he is planning to make. his guitar skills and classic good looks are just the yummy icing.

  39. Casey said he would be happy getting to the 7th position, but once he did that he aimed for 3rd. Also, Casey was sick for most of the performances, and his voice wasn’t as good as it normally would be.

  40. I think Casey actually said that he had no expectations about winning and never expected to make it as far as he did. He’s a very humble guy. But I agree that the Kara crap did him a disservice… in fairness, my first impression of Casey was embarrassment because he took off his shirt for the judges. It was during Hollywood that he showed his talent on “I Don’t Need No Doctor” and I think that’s when he set himself apart in the competition as a musician.

    It helped that Casey had a showstopper performance with Jealous Guy, and got the best duet (IMO) with Brett Michaels during the finale. Some people will always dismiss Casey as the guy who took off his shirt, but plenty of others – fans and people in the business, who get to know him recognize his talent despite the Idol judges’ best efforts to marginalize him.

    This. It was his musicianship that wowed me and piqued my interest during the Hollywood rounds, in spite of his ridiculous audition. He, Crystal and Siobhan were may favorites early on and by the end I was really hoping for a Crystal/Casey final 2, but it seems like it all worked out for the best for Casey coming in third.

    As far as his singing goes, I absolutely love his voice and how he uses it. Again, it has to do with musicianship. Does he have the greatest instrument in the world? Of course not. But he doesn’t need it, not for the style of music he sings. And his guitar playing is not just accompaniment, it’s an actual complement to his voice, and he uses it like a duet partner.

    The other thing about his voice is that it’s distinctive. I was listening to a song of his on my computer a couple of months ago, something he had never done on Idol, and my older son (who watched very little of Idol last season) immediately recognized it as Casey. I was shocked. He not only remembered Casey, he recognized his voice unprompted. Casey doesn’t sound like every other singer out there right now, so if he doesn’t get autotuned to death, I think he has the potential to be easily recognizable, and that’s a serious part of the battle to get noticed.

    I’m very excited that Casey is being allowed to write with all these “hitmakers,” but I’ll be honest, it makes me nervous. No way in hell is he going to write a song about fat wives, beer drinking escapades, or how “country” he is. But that doesn’t mean his label won’t push him to record one for a first single. I’m hoping they’ve done their homework and realize that Casey’s appeal has been, to date, to fans of more roots-oriented, red dirt, country music.

  41. I am always slightly amused at the “Casey can’t sing very well” tag. No, true, he is not an opera singer. LOL. But he has a distinctive voice. If his voice came on the radio, I would immediately recognize that it was Casey. I believe this is important, very important. I’m thinking of all the singers I’ve followed in my past…Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Willie Nelson… all the way up to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. None of these gentlemen would have a chance singing on the opera stage. ;-) But all of them have very distinct voices that, for some reason, resonated with me. And many others.

    Casey has all the goods. Now we have to see if he has the talent to make really good music. I hope so. I think so.

  42. LOL, car3278sweet, I had gone back to add my thoughts about the “distinctiveness” of Casey’s voice while you were making your own post about the matter. :-D

  43. I’m very excited that Casey is being allowed to write with all these “hitmakers,” but I’ll be honest, it makes me nervous. No way in hell is he going to write a song about fat wives, beer drinking escapades, or how “country” he is. But that doesn’t mean his label won’t push him to record one for a first single.

    Well, first, Casey took his time signing. I would be surprised if he didn’t discuss the type of music he wanted to do with Sony Nashville. The rumors were there was a bidding war going on.. who knows if that is true, but it was interesting to watch Casey move slowly (for a fan, it seemed interminable) before signing. So I just find it hard to believe he’d suddenly be forced to put out “aw shucks” country music.

    The second reason I don’t think this will happen, is… well, Casey strikes me as being one of those kind of people who are very nice, seemingly laid-back but with a steel spine and a determination to get what he wants. I don’t see him backing down. He will do what he did on the show – smile, be a gentleman… and keep doing it his way.

  44. Yes, Bootstar, we are definitely on the same page with CJ. :-)

  45. Some people will always dismiss Casey as the guy who took off his shirt, but plenty of others – fans and people in the business, who get to know him recognize his talent despite the Idol judges’ best efforts to marginalize him.

    Agreed, they did their best to make sure Casey doesn’t reach the finals.

    for some reason i am super sensitive when people talk about Casey’s lack of singing ability.

    I agree with you I like Casey’s style and singing, but musical taste is very subjective.

    It is pretty much a moot point in any case, there are many singers out there who cant even sing live, who are selling thousands of records, so it is a pretty useless argument.

  46. Casey doesn’t sound like every other singer out there right now,

    THIS. One of the things I was a bit bewildered about when Kara et. al. kept saying Lee had a “commercial” voice was…um… so you’re saying he sounds like what’s already out there? Yeah, well, Lee does kind of sound like alot of what’s out there. I think that might be part of his problem.

    Casey on the other hand? I can’t think of a single singer who he sounds like. Especially in country.

  47. Some people will always dismiss Casey as the guy who took off his shirt, but plenty of others – fans and people in the business, who get to know him recognize his talent despite the Idol judges’ best efforts to marginalize him.

    Agreed, they did their best to make sure Casey doesn’t reach the finals.

    Why? I wonder. I’ve always wondered from the moment they started to tag Casey as a himbo/cougar bait. Why did they do this? It seemed to me, after watching all nine seasons and having a pretty good sense of what contestant would be the best representative for AI… that Casey had all the goods. He’s charming, he’s good-looking, he had the musician chops and he has a distinctive voice. Was it because Simon hates country and clearly country was the best fit for Casey? Were they so focused on finding a pop star they missed the star standing right in their midst?

    Oh, well. Who the hell cares? Casey is doing just fine and doesn’t have to drag around all the “winner” baggage.

  48. The other thing about his voice is that it’s distinctive. I was listening to a song of his on my computer a couple of months ago, something he hed never done on Idol, and my older son (who watched very little of Idol last season) immediately recognized it as Casey. I was shocked. He not only remembered Casey, he recognized his voice unprompted. Casey doesn’t sound like every other singer out there right now, so if he doesn’t get autotuned to death, I think he has the potential to be easily recognizable, and that’s a serious part of the battle to get noticed.

    That is very true and you actually need something that distinguishes you from everyone else.

  49. The second reason I don’t think this will happen, is… well, Casey strikes me as being one of those kind of people who are very nice, seemingly laid-back but with a steel spine and a determination to get what he wants. I don’t see him backing down. He will do what he did on the show – smile, be a gentleman… and keep doing it his way.

    Well, that’s exactly what I keep telling myself too. Let’s hope we’re both right! :-)

    As to why TPTB didn’t latch onto Casey’s marketability early on, first of all, I don’t think they initially realized how talented he was. He was clearly cast in the himbo/heart-throb role, and by the time anybody noticed he actually was a great musician, they probably had already determined they were going to push to get a female winner. When they ended up resorting to Plan B (or C or D) and decided to push Lee (I’m guessing because of his iTunes numbers), it was too late to try and “re-purpose” Casey.

    Plus, I really don’t think Casey was willing to “play the game” to steal some momentum from the other contestants. I actually hated that about him early on in the season, but in the end, it was one of the things I most admired about him. And it’s also become pretty clear he didn’t want to win the whole thing, I’m guessing because he knew he couldn’t make the kind of music he wanted to if he did.

  50. …it’s also become pretty clear he didn’t want to win the whole thing, I’m guessing because he knew he couldn’t make the kind of music he wanted to if he did.

    Ain’t that the bloody truth? Soon as I felt the aggressive pimping for the anointed two, I gave up the hope of wishing Casey to the finals. I could never be more stoked that he did end up on the place he wanted (or planned?) to be.

    Let me sidetrack a bit from Casey. This Patrick Davis guy – I dig him a lot. Great singer/songwriter, awesome humour, cute personality. I wub him. I love this one…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5w9QD9s6k0

  51. i like the Patrick Davis guy too. i can picture he and Casey having a lot of fun at their writing sessions together cuz Casey has a great sense of humor. makes me wish i was a songwriter living in Nashville. sigh.

    i recall an interview where Casey said that nothing the judges said affected him negatively in any way. he was just so thrilled to be playing week after week in front of a massive audience that their comments would never make him change who he was or what he was setting out to do. he knew exactly what he wanted to do. he had such solid experience behind him that sometimes i felt he knew more than the judges did and that HE KNEW he knew more but he was just going to play along in order to arrive at the place he’s at today. brains AND beauty. lol.

  52. I think some of you are hitting on why the change in judges couldn’t come quick enough for AI.

    When the judges, not only decide on who gets through and who doesn’t (Tasha Layton anyone?)…and have huge sway with the ‘voters’ (I really don’t believe the voters are ‘allowed’ to control the results) though the pimping and lack there-of of other contestants (Daughtry, Casey, etc…)…all based on some preconcieved notion of the kind of artist they want to end up with…it’s no wonder the series winners successes have been going down hill for 4-5 seasons now….

    Problem is, Ol’ Chicklet teeth is still in control and the pimping of certian contestants has already begun this season…even though I know it’ll backfire on him.

  53. car3278sweet:
    02/08/2011 at 9:25 am

    I am always slightly amused at the “Casey can’t sing very well” tag. No, true, he is not an opera singer. LOL. But he has a distinctive voice. If his voice came on the radio, I would immediately recognize that it was Casey. I believe this is important, very important. I’m thinking of all the singers I’ve followed in my past…Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Willie Nelson… all the way up to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. None of these gentlemen would have a chance singing on the opera stage. ;-) But all of them have very distinct voices that, for some reason, resonated with me. And many others.

    Casey has all the goods. Now we have to see if he has the talent to make really good music. I hope so. I think so.

    I totally agree with the distinctive sound of Casey’s voice and the recognition thereof. Thankfully, he doesn’t have the voice of an opera singer for we wouldn’t be enjoying the bluesy, S rock, Texas dirt music sounds we are hearing. His voice is perfect for his venue of music. Even Ellen told him on her show that she thought he had a great voice and she would be looking for more like him when auditions began. Of course this was before Ellen make her departure from AI.

    One night I had Casey jamming with volume up and hubby walked in and said “WHO is that?” He is not a fan of many on AI but the sounds of Casey got his attention and he commented that he sounded “different” and awesome.

    I do believe he has the talent to make really good music and IMO he definitely has the goods. Can hardly wait to see what is forthcoming. And I don’t think it is going to be a beer drinking, fat wife song. Casey is one who didn’t compromise his music in order to please the judges and I can’t see him doing so now. Time will tell.

    As far as Casey removing his shirt in the audition…so what? It was a request from the judges and he obliged. It got him through and that is the bottom line. I don’t believe from what he says that he has any regrets thereto, as look where it got him and where he has landed and it was/is sheer talent that got him to this point. I seriously doubt he was signed because he took his shirt off and same surely didn’t hurt him IMO. I did note that this Season, one did take one’s shirt off without any request from a judge. Mockery is the best form of flattery but I don’t think this guy scored points. There is only one Casey. :)

  54. I think some of you are hitting on why the change in judges couldn’t come quick enough for AI.

    I dont know if it is the judges or the producers who makes these types of decisions. But they were definitely in need of a change either way.

  55. The second reason I don’t think this will happen, is… well, Casey strikes me as being one of those kind of people who are very nice, seemingly laid-back but with a steel spine and a determination to get what he wants. I don’t see him backing down. He will do what he did on the show – smile, be a gentleman… and keep doing it his way.

    And I think you are spot on. Casey knows who he is and what he wants and I don’t believe he will compromise his integrity and music for $$$$. He has as much said so. I love the smile, be a gentleman and doing it his way. :) He can make a good living now regardless of what happens in Nashville and do what he loves at the same time.

    Nashville didn’t like Willie so Willie went back to Texas, made his own music and the rest is history.

  56. i recall an interview where Casey said that nothing the judges said affected him negatively in any way. he was just so thrilled to be playing week after week in front of a massive audience that their comments would never make him change who he was or what he was setting out to do. he knew exactly what he wanted to do. he had such solid experience behind him that sometimes i felt he knew more than the judges did and that HE KNEW he knew more but he was just going to play along in order to arrive at the place he’s at today. brains AND beauty. lol.

    THIS exactly! Shrewd!

  57. When the judges, not only decide on who gets through and who doesn’t (Tasha Layton anyone?)…and have huge sway with the ‘voters’ (I really don’t believe the voters are ‘allowed’ to control the results) through the pimping and lack there-of of other contestants (Daughtry, Casey, etc…)…all based on some preconcieved notion of the kind of artist they want to end up with…it’s no wonder the series winners successes have been going down hill for 4-5 seasons now….

    It’s interesting, but I don’t think Kris Allen was pimped last year, it was Adam. Interesting that Kris overcame that. But then, poor guy, he gets saddled with the “he didn’t deserve the win” tag, because the chosen one didn’t win and his followers were mad because they’d been set up by TPTB and were disappointed.

    The year before.. was Cook really pimped? Hm. I remember thinking – yeah, he deserved the win when it was announced. There might have been a bit of pimping for the cutie Archie, but it didn’t raise my hackles. I guess I didn’t feel the obvious pimping that year.

    But this year? This year, IMHO, was over the top.

    Soon as I felt the aggressive pimping for the anointed two, I gave up the hope of wishing Casey to the finals.

    Yeah. Totally agree. And I think, sadly, there is a blacklash against the chosen one this year. I have nothing against Lee at all. I actually thought he had some great moments on the show. But when the pimping became so obvious… I mean, come on – the choir behind him on Hallelujah? Geez. It made me grumpy and kind of turned me off towards him. I know. Not fair. I’m trying to put it behind me. ;-)

    Crystal was pimped too but IMHO when it became obvious she “wouldn’t play the game” just as Casey wouldn’t – she was ditched for the more amendable Lee. I actually bought her music and love the CD. “Mine all Mine” is purely beautiful.

    Why do the producers/judges do this? Why can’t they just let the chips fall where they may? My fear is this year they are looking for the next Beiber. And the pimping has already commenced.

    I shudder. I truly shudder at the results if this is so.

  58. Oooo.. I checked out the vid with Patrick Davis. What a cutie! And with a good sense of humor too. I love men who have a good sense of humor. Makes the cutie quotient double in my book.

  59. c

    ar3278sweet:
    02/08/2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oooo.. I checked out the vid with Patrick Davis. What a cutie! And with a good sense of humor too. I love men who have a good sense of humor. Makes the cutie quotient double in my book.

    :):) Makes this a win-win then with Casey, huh?

  60. Two blond beautiful men doing their thing with a sense of humor? Can’t get much better, can it JW? :-)

  61. car3278sweet:
    02/08/2011 at 1:37 pm

    Two blond beautiful men doing their thing with a sense of humor? Can’t get much better, can it JW? :-)

    \

    I can deal with it. :):)

  62. I too believe Casey landed in the perfect position at the #3 spot. He is able to make the kind of music that he wants and take his time doing it!
    Most of you may know but just in case not, blogger of below site will be attending CJ concert in Little Rock and will be posting videos, pix and possibly a live cast.

    http://caseymania.blogspot.com/

    I will definitely be watching for this!

  63. Casey did seem to know what he was doing and I think that the #3
    spot was the perfect place for him to land in. Now he is able to make the kind of music that he likes and take his time doing it. :)

  64. This just in.

    Someone tweeted Patrick Davis what kind of songs did he write with Casey (Happy songs or heartbreak songs?) and he replied…

    little of everything. He is writing tons of songs… so we will have to wait and see what he decides to record!

    Of course I’m being both nonsensical and whimsical if I say I wish we get to hear all of the songs that these collabs wrote with Casey. For me, having 12-15 cuts on his album don’t seem enough. Bootlegs, please? j/k ;)

  65. PDMusic Patrick Davis
    @
    @MaryannefromNJ @caseyejames thanks… he is a good dude.
    23 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    Asked what he thought of Casey in tweet…response.

  66. Of course I’m being both nonsensical and whimsical if I say I wish we get to hear all of the songs that these collabs wrote with Casey. For me, having 12-15 cuts on his album don’t seem enough. Bootlegs, please? j/k ;)

    It would be cool to hear all that was written! This is getting exciting!

  67. i’m just so pleased that i see 71 responses here because i always notice that Casey’s write-ups don’t usually evoke that much interest and i could never understand why. cuz i know darn well i can’t be one of only a handful who looks forward to hearing from him again. all this talk did my heart good cuz i adore this guy.

  68. i can’t be one of only a handful who looks forward to hearing from him again. all this talk did my heart good cuz i adore this guy.

    You are not just one of a handful for sure! Just biding our time and waiting for the real deal’s music to be released! Lurk but don’t always post. Plus, spending more time tweeting. :) I love the enthusiasm for Casey too.

  69. It seemed to me, after watching all nine seasons and having a pretty good sense of what contestant would be the best representative for AI… that Casey had all the goods. He’s charming, he’s good-looking, he had the musician chops and he has a distinctive voice. Was it because Simon hates country and clearly country was the best fit for Casey? Were they so focused on finding a pop star they missed the star standing right in their midst?

    Oh, well. Who the hell cares? Casey is doing just fine and doesn’t have to drag around all the “winner” baggage.

    When Casey was asked in a recent interview about winning on AI, he stated that Simon “hated” him from the beginning. Casey is haute and I think Simon was not liking it. :) Seriously, Simon didn’t want Casey in the competition and when he was interviewed this morning about not liking country, he appeared to be defensive and mentioned CU. I just believe that favorites/bias is there from the beginning and thus the pimping…which didn’t work in their favor IMO. And of course Simon does not like to be wrong. But, you are right in who cares as Casey is doing just fine without the expected baggage of being a “winner” on AI…whatever that is.

  70. if only Casey spent more time tweeting, JW! lol. but that’s ok. i love that he’s not the kind of guy who would be completely immersed in the gadget world. so i’ll be patient. he’s worth the wait…..

  71. ri:
    02/08/2011 at 5:15 pm

    if only Casey spent more time tweeting, JW! lol. but that’s ok

    I know. He is busy! :)

  72. i honestly believe that Simon is petty and insecure enough that he was actually jealous of Casey. it’s hard to believe because Simon is a grown man but he’s got some serious issues. he did not want anyone there who was that much prettier than he was. ridiculous as this sounds, i truly think this was the case.

    yes, JW, he is busy. and we can all be thankful for that, right?

  73. yes, JW, he is busy. and we can all be thankful for that, right?

    YEP! And it is a good busy!

  74. i’m just so pleased that i see 71 responses here because i always notice that Casey’s write-ups don’t usually evoke that much interest and i could never understand why.

    Lurkers outnumber posters, believe me :) Here is me shrieking

    “GUILTY!!!”

  75. write-ups don’t usually evoke that much interest and i could never understand why.

    There was a time in the not too distant past that so many posts were there for Casey that we were accused of (potentially) running numbers! :) After that, I didn’t post much but lurked and started tweeting. Today, I am recuperating so plenty of time to post and tweet. I am just waiting for the music. Bet you will see lots of remarks then. :)

  76. don’t be too hard on yourself, TWISTDFRK. as long as we know we can count on you when Casey needs us most! ;)

  77. i:
    02/08/2011 at 5:58 pm

    lookin forward to that day, JW.

    Hold On, It’s Comin! :):)

  78. funny you should mention that, JW. already watched our boy singing that on youtube 4 times today! don’t tempt me to go back there. :D

  79. thanks, JW. since i can’t get enough of Casey anyway, i may as well do that.

  80. ri:
    02/08/2011 at 6:28 pm

    thanks, JW. since i can’t get enough of Casey anyway, i may as well do that.

    The more that hear him the better. :)

  81. Hand up! Yep, pretty much a lurker most of the time. But it doesn’t mean I’m not keenly interested in Mr. James.

    Do I really think that Simon – the ultimate biz man – is really going to let his supposed jealousy of Casey impact biz decisions? I’m really not buying that. Though I do have enough conspiracy geek in me that I might buy the “get the worst winner I can before I go out so X Factor gets a boost” theory. I might buy that.

    Poor Lee. And I mean that.

    And finally, I think Casey’s NON twittering is working for him actually. At first, I thought it was a bit stupid. After all, Lee tweets every two minutes about how much he loves his fans, Crystal (or her manager) tweet every time they get on a plane…. and I notice vaguely other idolettes tweeting when they um um… do anything.

    Casey’s tweets are now an EVENT. As a former promoter that’s good, very good stuff.

  82. Casey’s tweets are now an EVENT. As a former promoter that’s good, very good stuff.

    Yep!

    I don’t know about conspiracy theories and Simon with respect to business decisions. But, I don’t think he votes for those whom he does not like. And he didn’t like Casey and didn’t want him to pass audition. As much as I am not a fan of Kara, had it not been for her, Casey would not have gone to Hollywood. And, here we are.

  83. it kills me to say it but i will. kara gave me my Casey James, and for that, i am forever grateful.

    and yeh, i appreciate Casey’s tweets even more when they are few and far between. altho i wouldn’t be upset if he threw us a bone a little more often.

    btw, i didn’t mean to imply that there was any kind of Simon conspiracy going on with Casey just because i think Simon was a “jealous guy”, ha. if anything, i would believe the other Simon theory. i actually think Simon had a long period of time when he was more than fair to Casey. then it seemed like everyone was on a different path because the agenda suddenly changed. whatever, Casey came out the winner anyway.

  84. don’t be too hard on yourself, TWISTDFRK. as long as we know we can count on you when Casey needs us most! ;)

    You can triple count on it :)

    On that note, if ur on Twitter, follow a lil T-fansite we run in support of Casey James Band
    http://twitter.com/cjbfansite

    -> pardon the shameless promotion

    For those who have a little appreciation for Kara, I’m on the same wagon with you. I know Idol is over and yadda, but really, had it not been for her fighting for Casey I wonder what I am doing right at this very point? Eating potatoes and wallowing much on TV perhaps? Not that I stopped doing such after becoming a Casey fan but you get my drift heh.

  85. BTW, Casey’s encyclopedic know-how of artists, songs etc made me dig in these artists. I surprised myself most of the time because 80% of them I liked/loved after hearing their pieces. Guess I’ve missed out a lot after exclusively listening to rock for eons when there are a lot of talented entities out there who deserve recognition. Amos Lee now shares space with Led Zeppelin on my playlist. Patrick Davis is my current fave FWIW haha

  86. thx for the tip, TWISTDFRK. i do not have a twitter account myself but i do read Casey’s and anyone or anything Casey-related. did not know about the one you mentioned but i do now, so thanks!

  87. Thanks for the good read everyone! I, too, am a lurker but a HUGE follower of Mr. James. I post so infrequently here that I don’t even know how to include a quote from someone else’s post. (Any hints?)
    I’m quite sure there are tons of us lurkers just biding our time until we can get our hands on some of that new music. My excitement is building to a frenzy!

  88. Can you imagine how crazy (in a good way hopefully) when Casey’s
    single & album is out? :)

  89. hey thanks to all the LURKERS who checked in here to let me know you’re out there. i was going into panic mode. i’m feeling much more secure about the future for our Casey now. i can’t contain or even describe my excitement. “frenzy” sounds about right.

  90. ri:
    02/09/2011 at 12:16 pm

    hey thanks to all the LURKERS who checked in here to let me know you’re out there. i was going into panic mode. i’m feeling much more secure about the future for our Casey now. i can’t contain or even describe my excitement. “frenzy” sounds about right.

    Glad to hear you are feeling better about things now. Good to know It’s Alright With You. Lurkers will be in full force I am sure when the music hits the road. Won’t be long now.

    cherryblossom: To include a quote, just copy and paste. Then highlight and click on b-quote in the right upper box of the window. Hope this helps. Glad you are on board for Casey. :)

  91. Idol23:
    02/09/2011 at 11:43 am

    Can you imagine how crazy (in a good way hopefully) when Casey’s
    single & album is out? :)

    Frenzy in a good way! Yes. Happy dance across the floor.

  92. Speaking of frenzy, a fella Fort Worthian artist just tweeted

    @SirBryanSimpson just met Casey James from American Idol. Might have creeped him out when the moment I saw him I hollared out, “Casey!”…#Idolizingandidol

    http://twitter.com/#!/SirBryanSimpson/status/35388282632151040

    I enjoy these random tweets from people who either meet or work with Casey. And I thought Southernites are quite reserved and mehs(don’t throw tomatoes, I said “thought”). They actually have rabid sense of humour.

  93. JW:

    cherryblossom: To include a quote, just copy and paste. Then highlight and click on b-quote in the right upper box of the window. Hope this helps. Glad you are on board for Casey.

    As you can see, it helped a lot! And I am definitely on board for the long run!

  94. LVD:
    02/08/2011 at 5:54 pm

    http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/02/former_american_idol_star_case.html

    :) :)

    That is a great pre-review or heads-up! Although their facts isn’t entirely correct. But still that reviewer obviously liked Casey on the idols tour. :-)

    Yes, it appears the writer was lax in checking out the facts but it is still good press!

    The 29-year-old added he loves “Red dirt bands, like CCR (Creedance Clearwater Revival).”

    Casey is 28 and I believe the CCR to which Casey was referring was the Cross Canadian Ragweed Red Dirt Band that is sometimes referred to as CCR. I suspect the quote mark in closing is incorrect and I ‘spect Casey is accustomed to speaking with folks who would understand what CCR was in context of Red Dirt Music. It appears the writer in Grand Rapids was unaware.

  95. As you can see, it helped a lot! And I am definitely on board for the long run!

    Cool. Glad it helped and look forward to the long run.

  96. twistdfrk:
    02/09/2011 at 5:12 pm

    I enjoy these random tweets from people who either meet or work with Casey. And I thought Southernites are quite reserved and mehs(don’t throw tomatoes, I said “thought”). They actually have rabid sense of humour.

    I wonder if Casey has gotten to the point that he is not surprised when he is recognized?

    Yep. Sense of humor. Don’t know about the “rabid” part though. :)

  97. I keep checking in on this post because I LOVE being in a crowd of CJ fans. ;-)

  98. car3278sweet:
    02/09/2011 at 8:02 pm

    I keep checking in on this post because I LOVE being in a crowd of CJ fans. ;-)

    Are you going to any of the openers? I expect there to be a crowd of CJ fans in Little Rock. :)

  99. I keep checking in on this post because I LOVE being in a crowd of CJ fans.

    i second that. ya’ll are my kind of people!

  100. Yep. Sense of humor. Don’t know about the “rabid” part though. :)

    Haha I didn’t notice that one, didn’t proofread either. I meant to type “rad” as in cool sense of humour. I was chatting with a friend & I remember telling him that exact word but it got carried along here LOL

    Casey is 28 and I believe the CCR to which Casey was referring was the Cross Canadian Ragweed Red Dirt Band

    CJB’s YouTube also showed he is 29. Why make the guy older as he is? He can qualify to be 24-25, just sayin’

    http://www.youtube.com/caseyjamesband

    Now I feel the urge to post a comment on their channel, correct the age as if I’m an authority of Casey’s biography :p

  101. CJB’s YouTube also showed he is 29. Why make the guy older as he is? He can qualify to be 24-25, just sayin’

    According to Casey’s Mother, he was born on May 31, 1982. I ‘spect she knows! :) So, he will be 29 in a few months. Oh yeah, he can easily pass for 24-25. :) Bottom line is he makes great music! :)

  102. Are you going to any of the openers? I expect there to be a crowd of CJ fans in Little Rock

    Nah, I wish. But Denver is a bit far away from any of the Sugarland stops. Casey did say one time, that the place he’d really like to play was Red Rocks. So I hold out great hope that someday soon I’ll see him in that spectacular setting!

  103. Casey did say one time, that the place he’d really like to play was Red Rocks. So I hold out great hope that someday soon I’ll see him in that spectacular setting!

    I recall his saying that about Red Rocks. Here’s hoping it works out for him and for you! :)

  104. Casey performed in many genres on Season 9, and Idol Community member Evilizabeth wondered if his album will be considered country, rock, or blues. Casey said, “Yes, it will be all of that. I think I did a really good job of representing myself—my musical spirit—and voice on the show. If you think I’m bluesy, you’re right. If you think I’m country, you’re right. If you think I’m rock, you’re right. I guess my sound is kind of a Southern rock/blues/country mix. I’m really glad I get to continue representing it.”
    Community member Valiece wanted to know more about Casey’s writing inspirations. He revealed some good news: “I’m probably writing or co-writing everything on the album. It’s been really great. I write what I feel. Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason, as long as I’m being honest and believe it, whether it applies to me or someone else. My goal as a writer is to keep it real.”

    http://www.caseymania.blogspot.com/

    From CJ recent interview.

  105. http://littlebigtown.com/community/o2bn1863/videos/casey-james-shes-too-sweet-me#comments

    Check out Casey on Little Big town site. :)

    It seems Sony is posting ads now, trying to find material for their newest project, Casey James!! I think me likes what me sees!! :)

    CONTEMPORARY ROCKIN’ COUNTRY SONGS a la CASEY JAMES needed by the Senior Director of A&R at a Major Nashville Label for a former American Idol finalist in Season 9. This artist is working on his debut CD and looking for songs that are going to help define his sound. He is known for his guitar playing, so give him room to showcase his talent. Your radio-friendly, hit-style, upbeat Country songs must have great hooks and memorable melodies, as well as lyrics that visually reflect meaningful and/or clever storylines. Please submit one to three songs online or per CD, include lyrics.*
    http://www.caseymania.blogspot.com/

  106. Just tweeted by @PDMusic ( a songwriter working w/ Casey) :
    “Just finished up one hell of a love song/panty dropper with Dallas & @CaseyEJames

    I love this quote and hope the above mentioned is Casey’s first release. :)

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