The very reason for supporting Casey James is the strong belief in his talent, the love for his music, and the urge to expose others to his gift as an artist. Promoting his career and witnessing him take off is a fulfilling experience for so many. Watching that process, from his early days on American Idol to the release of his first single, makes fans feel a part of the journey and enjoy each milestone in a very special way. For most of us, this is the first time we’ve seen the evolution of an artist from “undiscovered” to star and it’s a thrilling ride.
One particular aspect of this adventure that is a unique experience for music fans has been the chance to examine the growth and development of a song from its infancy to the studio. Everyone has their favorites, and changes don’t go unnoticed during the tweaking. Fans seem to automatically feel a connection to the song and the artist during the process.
“Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” has grown up from a freshly written tune to an impressive professional studio recording. The song was originally shared with fans early this year during a tour with Sugarland. Following is a video of one of the very first performances of today’s chart climbing single. Let’s go back to March, and watch it now.
During the past several months, the catchy tune has been performed every which way: with a full band, acoustically, with backing vocals and solo. The lines have been flipped around, and flipped back, electric guitar and steel guitar. For the single, the tempo was sped up, the backing vocals dropped, and a more seductive, bluesy sound was added. All of this culminated in today’s polished version that is being picked up weekly by radio stations across America.
Check out Casey last week performing his new single. It’s not just the lines or the guitar that have evolved. The song has been transformed over time as it has gone from a new song on the set list to the Top 40 country hit that can be seen on CMT and GAC. Casey’s joy in sharing his song with fans, who now recognize it from the first note and can sing along, is palpable. The song is elevated by the crowd’s reaction and the more the audience gives him, the more he gives right back.
It is fascinating to watch the creative process in action and how organic songwriting truly is. Another great example is how Casey has evolved his song “Drive” from the electric slide guitar driven (no pun intended) full band blow out, to the solo acoustic phenomenon that leaves fans breathless. “Drive” has always been a propulsive, energetic song and a crowd favorite since it was introduced during the Sugarland tour.
But as Casey’s performance schedule has included more and more solo acoustic gigs, he was faced with figuring out how to translate that song and keep its power and intensity armed only with his McPherson acoustic guitar. So Casey took a great song and reinvented it, transforming it into something that almost defies description.
To continue to support Casey’s music, keep calling and requesting “Lets Don’t Call It A Night.” The song is a Top 40 hit and a listener favorite. As Casey told one interviewer, “I love the song. It’s a simple, not a deep meaning, very groove oriented, slow dancin’ type song. It’s a sexy song. For me, the song is real.”
We will continue to listen to Casey’s songs develop over time as we see more of his live performance videos. Then, come February, we will hear his debut album and discover how the songs we love so much live have been captured in studio for us to enjoy forever.