Tonight, Casey James opened the Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, near Scottsdale, Arizona. Also on tonight’s bill, his fellow American Idol alum Crystal Bowersox and one of the biggest names (and biggest guys) in country music today, Blake Shelton.
Casey brought out the Texas honky tonk-inspired “Bulletproof,” and continued the festive energy with “Need Some Texas.” Next was “She’s Money,” a rocking number Casey sang for the first time at Billy Bob’s on July 1. “I Lied” followed with its romantic tease. Casey then treated the crowd to the sweet and rueful “Til My Guitar,” which was followed by the eponymous “So Sweet.” Bringing back a favorite blues classic from his homecoming performances last year, Casey then worked it out with “Drowning On Dry Land.” In its wake, Casey played “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” and then gave the crowd some playful blues with “Too Sweet for Me.” Gearing up for the finale, Casey revved up the crowd with the propulsive “Drive.” Finally, the smoking hot and rocking “Done Made Up My Mind” concluded Casey’s set.
Ed Masley of the Arizona Republic had this to say of Casey’s dynamic set:
Casey James got a full set to show off his musical chops on assorted electric guitars, setting the tone with a blues-rock solo on the boogie-rocking “Bulletproof,” a song he co-wrote with Big Al Anderson of NRBQ. Although he’s being marketed as country now, he wasn’t shy about letting his blues roots show in a set whose highlights ranged from country-rocking “Need Some Texas” (which wasn’t far removed from something Eric Clapton might have done around the time of “Backless”) to the hardcore blues of “Drowning on Dry Land.” His set ended with one last opportunity for James to tear it up on lead guitar, the heavy blues-rock of “Done Made Up My Mind,” which sounded like it could have been an FM staple in the early ’70s.
Midway through his set, after James led his bandmates through a soulful ballad called “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” Rachel Jewell, a 20-something nurse from Mesa, said, “It’s so funny that he came up through ‘American Idol.’ He so much cooler than ‘American Idol.'”
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Dallas Blankenship (@DALLASdesigns) was kind enough to call in and let other fans listen in on the concert. Videos
Bulletproof and Need Some Texas (Thanks Poluskap)
You Need Some Texas (Thanks to Dallas (@DALLASdesigns))
You Need Some Texas (Thanks Poluskap):
She’s Money (Thanks to Poluskap)
I Lied (Thanks to Poluskap)
Til My Guitar (Thanks to @DALLASdesigns)
Till My Guitar (poluskap)
So Sweet (poluskap)
Drowning on Dry Land
Let’s Don’t Call It a Night
Too Sweet For Me
Done Made Up My Mind
Montage with snippets of songs from last night, by Texaii:
First pic came in from @mikeVI6:
Another pic from @mikeVI6:
Pics from @Tamifaye_VI:
Picture from @RyanCorby:
Picture from @delaneyburgess:
Picture from @FiveTenGal:
Pictures from Texaii:
Picture from @DALLASdesigns:
Fan photos courtesy of Salt River Fields, click here.
Tweets from the fans:
delaneyburgess Casey James!! So amazing!!