Tonight, Casey closed out his whirlwind first CMA Fest by playing a special acoustic set break performance at the huge LP Field Stadium.
So Sweet (thanks Jen!)
So Sweet (thanks Carman!)
Before he went on, Casey tweeted: “I just hung out with Ricky Skaggs!! 🙂 AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! Awesome!”
And before Casey went on stage at LP Field this photo was snapped by USA Today photographer, Robert Deutsch….”Casey James strikes a guitar-slinger’s pose before performing at the CMA Music Festival’s opening night concert in Nashville.”
Pics provided by Ana Lucia Perfoncio from LP Field Stadium, complete set here
Casey played So Sweet first and from the reaction of the crowd there and on Twitter, it was amazing. Casey was then in the middle of Drive when the sound to his mic was cut. We don’t yet have an explanation for what happened, but fans on the scene said Casey finished the song anyway, playing his guitar, and then left the stage. The MC who came on after Casey said some nice things about Casey as did the Twitterverse, where supportive tweets and retweets poured in including: cmtt Casey James sounded great until his mic went out. Feel so bad for him. #cmafest and racegrl883 @CountryMusic Casey James was great …. til someone cut the mic!! Redo 😉
Today’s Tenneseean.com had a terrific recap of the show last night, including this about Casey:
10:24 p.m. – Casey James, a season nine American Idol finalist, played a short acoustic set including bluesy ballad “So Sweet” and uptempo “Drive” that, through a few well-placed riffs and ample use of a slide, showed off his carefully honed guitar skills.
“I wish I could tell you how full my heart is to be standing right here right now,” James told the audience. “Thanks for having me out.”
The Boot also reviewed last night’s concert and had these nice things to say about Casey:
Next, fans welcomed Casey James, a contestant on the ninth season of ‘American Idol.’ He showed promise during a brief two-song acoustic set. When he finished, Bill Anderson praised his moxie, telling the crowd, “It’s hard to come out with all these bands that have been playing and perform by yourself. Let’s give him a hand!”
Fanshare had this to say:
“American Idol contestant Casey James, who was in season 9 of the reality TV talent competition, recently performed at the 2011 CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Casey played two sets at the festival, first performing on the Lay’s Stage on Saturday afternoon and on the LP Stage later that evening. However, during his second set he had technical problems as his microphone cut out, while performing the song ‘Drive’.”
Great photos from LP Field by Country Music Tattletale, click here to see the gallery. Here’s a sample:
Casey was also mentioned by Billboard.com, CMT.com (“American Idol finalist Casey James and bluegrass veteran Ricky Skaggs are set to perform acoustic sets during set changes.”), CountryMusicisLove.com, CMT.ca, Reuters and on News Channel 5.
Earlier in the afternoon, Casey played a six-song set at the Lays Stage in front of the Bridgestone Arena. Click here to see photos of Casey on stage courtesy of the Country Music Association.
Casey opened with a rousing, electrifying version of Bulletproof that got the crowd going. He slowed it down next with Let’s Don’t Call it a Night. Next was one of Casey’s newer song that is immediately becoming a fan favorite, You Need Some Texas. Casey told the crowd that the next song was new, then kidded that all his songs are new, joking, “No, this is off my second album.” When he told the crowd that he didn’t have an album out yet his fans could be heard loudly telling him “We know!” But he promised it would be coming out “soon” — which led to quite a bit of enthusiastic cheering!!! He then went into another song that has captivated fans, the sweet and sexy appropriately titled So Sweet. He switched guitars and revved up the intensity with Drive. Then Casey closed out his set with the powerful, bluesy, rocking Done Made Up My Mind.
Bulletproof & Let’s Don’t Call It A Night (Thanks to Carman! @CoolCJFan)
You Need Some Texas
So Sweet, Drive, Done Made Up My Mind
“When third-place “American Idol” finalist from Season Nine, Casey James of Texas took the stage, the crowd went wild, especially his female fans. They hollered for him during his sound check, and he waved at his fans while giving them a solid grin. James wore a blue shirt and jeans and the light breeze blew his blonde curls in his face. He joked with the crowd as he said, “I wish the sun would come out” and then opened with his song “Bulletproof” as his fans sang along.
Amy Howard, 25, of Cass City, Michigan, and first-time CMA Fest attendee, said, “Me and my mom are big ‘American Idol’ fans and we love Casey James. We came to the front to see him and the other two in our group stayed in the back because of the heat. He was definitely worth coming to the front for.”
Twitter fans @Cathyanne provided a livestream so fans at home could watch and @kdsaa4 provided live audio so others could listen in. Thanks to Casey’s great fans!
Audio of Done Made Up My Mind: http://freedomforumdiversity.tumblr.com/post/6362972851/american-idol-winner-casey-james-performs-at-cma
A snippet of Drive: http://freedomforumdiversity.tumblr.com/post/6362793048/heart-of-the-cmas-bc
Photos by Rhonda (rjnelson785), for more click here:
Photos by Gail (wildwillowdes):
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After the show, Casey met and posed with pictures with some fans:
Casey and Cathy Anne
Casey and Lisa
Casey and Jen Bussone (SpinnyJB)
Above From CMA.com
Casey fan SaraMac_in321 (above) tweeted from the GAC Booth: Casey has the biggest crowd around him at this both!!!! Got my hug!!!!
The crowd of fans wanting to meet @CaseyEJames after his set at LaysStage was HUGE!!! Just like the AI summer tour days!! It was AWESOME!!!
Another fan posted this photo from CMA Fest months later, adding “Met him this summer. He’s as sweet in person as he was on the show. Good lookin too!”