Casey performed five news songs as opener for Sugarland last weekend after starting off with an abbreviated cover of Long Tall Texan. The songs are:
Aside from the fact that relying on those titles for SAT prep might result in you barely cracking the 200 they give you for filling out your name, what the song titles tell you is that Casey is, at least lyrically, embracing the country genre. We have guns, girls, guitars and cars. But musically, the songs cover a wider gap, pulling from a number of different genres.
Casey opened with a fun, bluesy cover of, fittingly enough, “Long Tall Texan.” The first new song, “Bulletproof,” is a rollicking, honky-tonk number with heavy reliance on the keyboards. It was a fun, old-time song that reminded me of the rockabilly sound.
He slowed it down for the simmering “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” which had James coaxing a smooth groove out of his electric blue guitar while his voice was full of yearning and playfulness. It had a nice bluesy-country feel.
He followed up that upbeat romantic song with a more lyrically emotional song, “Til my Guitars Gets Tired of Playing the Blues.” It’s a powerful, plaintive song supported by his haunting vocals and his sweet guitar licks.
From that sultry blues number he switched to straight-forward Southern rock for his last two songs. “I Just Want to Drive” is a rollicking, propulsive song that had James wailing on the slide guitar. Think ZZ Top goes Nashville.
He closed out his set with a rousing pure Southern rock number “Done Made up My Mind.” It has a great hook and seems to be the obvious choice to be the first single to introduce James to fans of rock, country, blues and just great music.
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