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!
Let’s Don’t Call it a Night
‘Til My Guitar
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:
You can see Casey below in this picture from the Official Country Radio Hall of Fame Post Awards Party at Margaritaville in Nashville:
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:
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!