Casey James Charms the Crowd at the Crystal Palace

Pics and Post by Sheryl Clark

Buck Owens must have been smiling down from above when Casey James took the stage at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. Owens, a country music legend, created this showpiece that includes a stage, dance floor, restaurant – even a museum! James had plenty of fans in attendance who were delighted with his performance.

James delivered an acoustic set that included two new cover songs. He seemed a little bashful at the beginning, but relaxed as he saw how much the audience enjoyed his music. As he sang, he smiled down at the fans on the dance floor, especially the children. Between songs he said, “I’m used to people eating and talking while I am playing. I am not used to everyone quietly listening [to me sing].” This crowd included many who came specifically to hear James perform. The show was sponsored by KUZZ radio, a local country station that broadcast the performance live.

“It’s the most rewarding feeling when I’m looking out at the crowd and they are singing along to a song that came from my heart. It’s awesome,” James has said.

It must have been heartwarming for the guitarist to hear the audience request original songs. One fan yelled out, “Show Me a Bridge.” James replied, “Well, hmmm.” Then other fans called for Why I’m Feeling Blue and So Sweet.

At the conclusion of his set, house band The Buckaroos invited James up to jam with them. Lead guitarist and singer Monty Byrom lent James his Les Paul electric guitar for Born on the Bayou. James wailed so easily on the instrument that Byrom commented, “You need to get a Les Paul [guitar].” James, who is loyal to the Stratocaster brand, just laughed. Then he took the mic to perform the bluesy She’s Too Sweet for Me. And the audience loved it! James lights up the room when he performs the blues.

The Crystal Palace is a wonderful venue for talented musicians. Casey James thrilled his fans, impressed newcomers – and would have made Buck Owens proud.


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12 Responses to Casey James Charms the Crowd at the Crystal Palace

  1. Rhonda Nelson says:

    Good job Sheryl! I love the write-up and the pictures. It was amazing to see what Casey James can do with a borrowed guitar to play a song he’s not even familiar with. Give him a minute and he’s blazing a guitar solo. Wow!

  2. Dona C. @ HBHUNNY says:

    Beautiful Sheryl!! Nice write up.. and pictures! It was epic! I loved the show! Casey never disappoints!! Cute shirt! 🙂

  3. Carman (CoolCJfan) says:

    Great post Sheryl!! Love the pics, especially the one where he’s looking up and to the right. He didn’t miss a beat on the Les Paul in either song!!

  4. David Wulfekuehler says:

    That was a blast! Casey is a great guy and awesome singer/musician! Hope to see ya back in Btown soon and jam again!All the best to ya Casey!
    David Wulfekuehler

  5. Patti (caseyscrew205) says:

    Great write up, Sheryl. 🙂 Love the pics too. It was a great show, and they Crystal Palace is a great venue, I loved it there! Casey was awesome as usual, but put his unique twist on the show, one show is rarely the same as another. 🙂

  6. Shari says:

    Fantastic write up Sheryl! So fun to see Casey interacting with other musicians.

  7. LaDonna (LDG_lildrumgirl) says:

    Great article  Thank you for posting! I love the pics!! Casey is having fun jammin with the band!!! Buck Owens would have been proud!!! They all sounded great!!! Thank you for sharing! Noting better than jammin  good times!

  8. Jeanette says:

    Great as usual, Shari. I’m glad to see the durmmer’s comment. I watched him in the video and could see by his smiling face that he was impressed, Casey even gets seasoned musicians as fans. Casey is the best!

    • TCJB says:

      Thanks, but this post was written by Sheryl Clark, who was at the concert Friday night! But I’m thrilled to be able to share other people’s experiences here on the blog!! — Shari

      • Jeanette says:

        Thank you, Shari, for pointing that out. For some reason I thought TCJB was you. Sheryl, you did a very impressive job with the article and the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. It is almost like being there. Someday I’ll get my chance.

    • TCJB says:

      Usually that’s true, a TCJB post is usually written by me. But if we have a guest writer, like this post, it will say under the TCJB byline who wrote it. This one had Sheryl’s name as the author. Sorry for any confusion! -SG

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