Casey James capped off his initial run as opener for Sugarland with a duet of the new song he has just co-written with Kristian Bush. Here is the video of Casey and Kristian playing their new song Hold On (thanks to @everydayisa10):
Casey asked if anyone could hold the yellow pad that had the song’s lyrics on it, and he found a volunteer, an eight-year-old boy named Keaton. He did a great job!
VIDEO of Casey’s entire set (courtesy @everydayisa10):
Hold On (thanks hodgenjb):
Tonight was Casey’s last appearance of the month as part of Sugarland’s Incredible Machine Tour. He is currently scheduled to join them again in July for two dates in Los Angeles. Casey took the stage at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, at 7:30 PM CDT. The big news coming out of tonight’s show was that to close his set, Casey was joined on stage by Kristian Bush of Sugarland. The two played the song they had written together, for the first time in front of an audience. Immediately after the show, Sugarland tweeted a photo capturing that moment:
According to Connie (@everydayisa10), the new song is called “Hold On.” Casey and Kristian sat at the end of the stage, Casey sang while reading the words off of a piece of paper and they both played guitar. She said that Kristian hugged Casey at the end of the song and she said that the song was beautiful.
Bruce Miller of the Sioux City Journal, who had interviewed Casey earlier in the week, wrote this review of Casey’s set:
The sold-out crowd at the Tyson Events Center got a shot at creativity in the making Saturday night.
As his last number, newcomer Casey James brought out Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and introduced a song they had written earlier in the day. Called “Hold On,” it was so new James had to have someone hold a yellow legal pad with the song’s lyrics.
Basically a ballad, it took full advantage of his range and pointed in the direction where the “American Idol” finalist could be headed.
Part Billy Currington, part Brad Paisley, James has a soft, bluesy style (that sometimes leaps over into rock) that could wear well in the long haul.
Because he’s still in the shakedown stage of his career, he didn’t have a CD of songs to sing, just a few possibilities for the first offering. Most required a hefty dose of his great guitar work. One (about the blues) had a bad key change but “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” seemed like a number that could be his first single
The Sioux City Journal took dozens of photos at the show tonight, which you can check out here. Some of Casey:
Casey meeting with fans after the show:
The Sioux City Journal had a nice article about Casey, entitled “Casey James Explores Life After Idol,” which they ran earlier this week ahead of his appearance tonight. In it, the interviewer says that a single should be out by summer and an album in the fall, then quotes Casey as discussing the process of making the album. “I’ve been blessed with the ability to write and to get to work with a bunch of writers from Nashville,” Casey is quoted as saying, adding, “I really want this CD to be good.” From what we’ve heard so far on tour, we’re sure it will be.
Click here to read the whole article.