Casey went on stage today at 2:00 Eastern at the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden, NJ, as part of the lineup for radio station XTU’s 27th annual anniversary show. He opened with Long Tall Texan, then moved on to Bulletproof and Let’s Don’t Call it a Night. Then Casey debuted two new songs. The slow ballad So Sweet, then the more upbeat You Need Some Texas. Both were amazing! He finished up his set with powerful performances of Drive and Done Made Up My Mind. From reports of fans at the concert, his set was a huge hit with the crowd! He also met with fans after the show who described him as warm and genuine, someone who made each person he met feel special.
Casey was scheduled to sign autographs from 12:30 to 1:00 pm, but was stuck in traffic and didn’t make it. Casey didn’t want to let his fans down, and neither did the good people of XTU radio, so the signing was rescheduled for 2:45 & tweets flew on Twitter in order to update everyone. Thank you to all who made it possible for Casey’s fans to get to meet him!
XTU provided live coverage of the concert on their website, and you can still go here to check it out. One of Casey’s fans, @NYYCEJFanJT, was sweet enough to call in during his set so his other fans could listen in. You can listen to a tape of the concert here.
“Long Tall Texan”
“Let’s Don’t Call it a Night”
“You Need Some Texas”
“Done Made Up My Mind”
Concert review from HPSquares:
I saw Casey in Camden, and can say he is a captivating performer. I loved all of his songs, but the highlights for me were Done Made Up My Mind and You Need Some Texas. I also liked Let’s Don’t Call It a Night and So Sweet. And when I played back So Sweet at home, I liked it even more.
Casey’s voice is always expressive. It can be bluesy, deep, sultry, wry, nasty, playful, and sweet. His growl is ubiquitous and he has the rare ability to convey vulnerability with this vocal technique – and there are injections of vulnerability in every song he sings. Physically, Casey conveys his feelings with each guitar strum, shoulder roll, and passionate facial expression.
Let’s don’t call it a night is slow and groovy. Casey starts out with sultry vocals and gives us a little rasp. The song builds with passionate, growling pleas, and ends with a lovely, fading guitar solo.
So Sweet is one of the two new songs Casey brought out. At its start, the melody rocks gently and Casey’s voice is sweet and sensual, but the chorus is where he draws you in. Here is where he emphasizes his notes with charismatic growls that convey intense passion and vulnerability.
You Need Some Texas is the second new song Casey introduced. Casey performs this ditty with a bouncy exuberance, and the lyrics allow him to express his pride in his home state. The hook is incredibly catchy. When I got home, I repeatedly played the video online. I loved when his voice went deep and playful on the line “You need some Texas”, and wry and sarcastic on “Whatcha get is whatcha see”. And once again, he used enthusiastic growls to build the song’s climax.
Drive has a stellar intro with a riff that is heard again at certain times in the song. I’d like to hear what this song would be like with an additional guitar player, possibly one that continues the intro riff longer and throughout this piece. There was a point about three quarters of the way through, when Casey and the band teased the audience by abruptly stopping and pausing before finishing the song. The audience screamed with enthusiasm at this playful move.
Done Made Up My Mind is a rock song that displays Casey’s dirty, nasty side, and you can tell how much he loves it. It’s a great showcase for his many and varied guitar playing skills. He starts by digging into the guitar intro and giving us some enthusiastic jumps, head tosses and hair flips. Casey continues with biting vocals as he sings about leaving the past behind. As it builds, Casey brings the song to a crescendo by vocally pushing out the notes with increasing gusto while ripping on his guitar. With his body and head jerking to the beat and his hair flailing, he grabs the top of the guitar and turns its body to bend the note, then gives us a flurry of strumming before the band plays a decisive final note.
I can’t wait to see Casey again in concert
Thanks to NYYCEJFanJT, SaraMac_in321, MaryannefromNJ, PhillyGirlx0x0, Jordan Polino-Dombrowski and everyone else credited with sharing your photos and/or videos!