Casey James is featured in the 2011-2012 issue of “Your Parker County”, published by his hometown newspaper The Community News. The article, based on an interview conducted just before his set at Billy Bob’s in July, discusses Casey’s musical upbringing, his near-fatal motorcycle accident, and the passion for music that drives him.
The following is an excerpt from the article. You can read the full article here, on pages 34-36.
When he was asked what inspired or motivated him to continue playing the guitar when doctors told him he could not, Casey replied that “It was not an option.”
“Think about all the amazing people and all the crazy things like going to the moon. I guarantee you anybody who said ‘I’m going to the moon,’ everybody would have said, ‘you’re crazy.’”
“You just do it – you make a way. It was not an option. It was something I loved so much that if I had to I would have played with my feet.”
The answer reveals the difference between a performer and an artist, and the difference was evident when he was asked what advice he would give to a youngster starting out on the guitar.
“I can honestly say just to follow your heart, because I know a lot of people that have a lot of money, and money does not create happiness. It’s doing what you love that makes you happy,” James said.