Casey James at the Country Radio Seminar

Here are first pictures of Casey playing at the Sony After-Party following tonight’s Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony.   They were taken by Val Jean Nixa from Nixa Country, the internet Country radio station, and provided first to The Casey James Blog.  The first two were sent immediately after the show from her cell phone.  Val Jean said there were about 500 people in attendance and the crowd reaction was amazing.  As she said, “Casey killed it.”  In fact, she said some of these pictures are blurry because Casey was rocking out on stage!

Set List:

Let’s Don’t Call it a Night
‘Til My Guitar
Drive
Done Made Up My Mind

Dan Haly Burton posted this pic on Twitter of Casey on stage:

Val Jean said Casey sang five songs, all which appeared to be originals.  For the second to last song, he switched to his electric blue guitar and tore it up with a blazing guitar solo.  His hair came down for the last song, a hard-driving, rocking song with a bluesy feel and a great hook.  Val Jean missed the first song, but saw three guitar changes while she was there.

Playing with Casey last night was David LaBruyere on bass, Billy Nobel on keyboards and Nir Z on drums, all three of whom will be joining him on stage for the March leg of Sugarland’s Incredible Machine Tour.  All three are very experienced session musicians.  As you may know, LaBruyere played with John Mayer from 1999-2007 and is himself an accomplished songwriter and producer.  Nir Zidkyahu also played with John Mayer as well as Genesis, Jason Mraz and Chris Cornell.

At the end of his rollicking set, Casey thanked the crowd for coming out and then was gone.   But he’ll be back on stage in just three short days.  And from what we heard tonight, those fans are in for the time of their lives.

Val Jean met with Casey briefly after the show and before he had a chance to speak with her, while he was talking with someone else, he touched her on the shoulder in a sweet gesture to let her know he’d get with her as soon as he could.  She then had a chance to speak with him for a few minutes a little bit later.  She told him she was from Nixa and that she plays a ton of his songs and he mentioned that he’d heard of Nixa Country.  She also told him that she was tweeting to his fans from the venue. Casey told her he’s been writing like crazy and he has about fifty songs already.  She also mentioned she knew Aaron Kelly and Casey said he loved him.

Sony posted this photo from the after-party:

In an unofficial kick-off to CRS 2011 last night, RCA Nashville artist Jake Owen and BNA Records newcomer Casey James performed new music from their forthcoming albums for a crowd of country radio programmers and music industry guests at Margaritaville. This will be the third studio album for Jake and debut album for Casey—both set to release later this year. Pictured (L-R): RCA Nashville VP National Promotion Keith Gale, Sony Music Nashville Senior VP Promotion Skip Bishop, Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo, Owen, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton, James, BNA Records VP National Promotion Bryan Frasher.

You can see Casey below in this picture from the Official Country Radio Hall of Fame Post Awards Party at Margaritaville in Nashville:

Photo by Moments by Moser

SOME REVIEWS:  A few people took the time out of their busy CRS schedule to tweet about the show.  One was Oskar Winberg, a local singer/musician/producer, who said: “The Casey James show was good, but short. It highlighted his great guitar playing, & he had a good, tight band backing him. The songs had a nice bluesy vibe 2 them. I enjoyed it!”

Georgia-based singer-songwriter Corey Crowder, who apparently is a giant, posted the following picture with Casey from last night.  He also tweeted this about Casey’s performance: “Casey James playing at the Sony party killing it!”

This picture was tweeted by @MadisonMHardy: With @CaseyEJames at the @SonyNashville Margaritaville event on Tuesday.  Madison is a singer-songwriter attending Belmont University in Nashville whose debut EP was released in January.   Check out her music here.

This picture was posted on the website of Ashley Allyson:

Ashley Allyson and Casey James

Picture of Casey James and Ethan Weiss, Director of Affiliate Relations for Envision Radio, tweeted by @envisionnews.

There was also this tweet & picture mentioning Casey.  @Mchase999:  It’s the adorable Casey James

On 3/2 DJ Will Payne of K95.5 posted this photo on Flickr:

On Wednesday, singer-songwriter Cjaye Lerose tweeted this photo with Casey.  For the record, my Twitter pal FGM47 had sent me a link to one of her videos a little while ago.  Small world.

3/3 @TonyThomas tweeted this picture below “Casey James on the Sony Boat”

Here is a recording of the 15 minutes or so that we were able to hear through a conference call on 3/1. It is very garbled, but if you’re patient, every now and then you can hear it pretty clearly.  The last song in particular come through pretty well — and it’s a rocking song!

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19 Responses to Casey James at the Country Radio Seminar

  1. Paula Lynnette Morris says:

    Love the ponytail and can only imagine the awesome performance Casey gave.

  2. CJFan_Amber says:

    Woohoo! Casey on stage, playing his music…doesn’t get much better than that!!!

  3. cc says:

    Nice to see Casey and his signature blue guitar! Thanks, Val Jean!

  4. Girl4Reba says:

    Glad y’all made good use of that Conference call! 😉 Fun, yes!! Looks like your a pro here with recording it. Great job Team Casey James!!
    Wow, so good to see pictures of Casey back on stage. He looks so happy. Which makes me happy.

    What an exciting time this is, for he and his fans. Cell certs are fun. Glad everyone enjoyed and y’all used it. I literally have listened in to hundreds of Taylor shows these last 5 years. It’s a way for the fans at home to get together and enjoy it. I knew I had to set it up for Casey on tour. We all love that boy.

    Thanks, Shari!! Great to read this.

  5. Alexis Dunn says:

    I am so glad he got this incredible experience and thank you Shari sharing with everyone,
    and also thanks to Val Jean !

  6. carolyn collins says:

    Shari you are awesome. this is the way i like to wake up in the morning..well been up for a while..but HEARING GOOD NEWS especially regarding Casey! with everything that’s been going on in his life lately, he’s still maintaining his focus and using the gift God gave him. this makes me so happy! so excited to see him at a live show again!

  7. Darla says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂 Just so darn happy! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. Langley says:

    The conference call is an absolutely agonizing tease, thank you very much, lol!

  9. Deana Ferrusi says:

    Nice! I have to try to get the conference call on my work computer. Because that’s clearly more important than any work I may have to do today! Loving this preview!

  10. Outi says:

    Thank you for this!

  11. It is so great to see Casey back in his element. He looks so happy. Just can’t wait for the tour to start. Thanks Shari, for all of the hard work you do to keep us up to date.

  12. maria says:

    Sooooo happy for Casey. Shari, you rock.

  13. Carman (CoolCJfan) says:

    I think this is the very first picture I’ve seen of Casey with someone taller than he is!

  14. Carman (CoolCJfan) says:

    oh, and what happened to Richard Millsap? Not saying these guys aren’t qualified, because they are beyond qualified, just wondering why it was announced Richard would be Casey’s drummer & now he’s not touring with him?

    • This is a very fluid time for Casey. They’re putting together a touring band for these first few shows, but session players are often brought in and out for tours and for records. There’s no one set as a permanent band member, it’s too early in the process for that. Don’t even know if/when there will be a permanent lineup announced.

  15. Karen says:

    Great pictures! Casey has to be so happy to finally be performing again.:) Can’t wait until the tour starts!

  16. C.L. says:

    I love Casey James!!

  17. Louise says:

    can’t wait to see Casey in concert. He is so incredible! He is one of most talented musicians to come along in a very very long time. I hope he turns the country music scene upside down like he did Idol. Good luck Casey I as so happy for you to be able to live your dream.

  18. Tina D. says:

    Thanks SO much to everyone who is connecting us with videos of our Casey in concert! HE IS TRULY GIFTED!!!! I would love to hear “Bulletproof” in it’s entirety. As a blues fan, can’t help but love “Made Up My Mind”. Not sure what song it was tweeted about, but I had my “panty drop moment” during “Long Tall Texan” 🙂
    BTW: Shari…don’t ever again question why we need your blog!!! Much Appreciated!!

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