Casey James Music ~ Ever-Growing and Ever-Changing

Photo by Mickey Fay

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.

— by Jen  L. and Shari


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11 Responses to Casey James Music ~ Ever-Growing and Ever-Changing

  1. abbie says:

    Thanks again TCJB! I personally prefer his performance of “DRIVE” in Asheville, NC where he forgets about the audience and just plays. But then again this is his songs’ evolution and he gets better and better! As Simon once said of Casey in AI, and i believe it has always been and will always be true given Casey’s attitude towards his craft, the difference between “Casey’s performance week after week is Ginormous!” 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for such a wonderful article!! Casey as well as his music keeps evolving and keeps getting better and better! I have no idea how that happens as he’s always been “the best” to me and my ears! Casey is the true definition of a great artist in all aspects of his talent and performances! There’s no one like him and no words to adequately describe his amazing talent or person he is but you, TCJB, do absolutely the most fantastic job! I’m so thankful for this blog, all of the information, thoughtful & heartfelt articles, support and love for Casey!! And you share it with us, Casey’s fans!! So thankful for all of you at the TCJB!!

  3. I think this article says it all and accurately portrays the feelings and emotions of his fans. I agree with Nancy he does keep getting better and better when I thought he was perfect from the beginning and he was my favorite from day one on Idol. To me he stood out from the the others (not by height) but by his incredible talents he just made you stop and take notice. He was so special. We are all so fortunate to have this TCJB blog to provide us with such wonderful articles such as this one. You show so much feeling and love for Casey and his music and you want success for him and I know I would be lost without you guys. Thank you so much for all you do and please continue to give us article on Casey such as this one. He has brought a new excitement to the music world.

  4. Jeanette says:

    You always get it right. Thank you. Casey is so amazing, This is such a wonderful journey. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  5. Inconnu says:

    What a GREAT post!
    It’s so true – it’s been such a special and almost intimate experience to see the ‘artist at work’ over these past months.
    And I want to thank you too for such a friendly and inclusive blog.

  6. Gail V. says:

    Thanks Jen and Shari, for this fantastic aritcle. I love watching Casey’s career beginning to take flight. It has been very educating to the music industry for me. Along with his awesome journey and he is only getting started. I can’t imagine what it will be like when they finally drop his CD! Right now is exciting times for his fans, as well as him. The Good Life is definitely headed his way. 🙂

  7. Michelle says:

    Watching a new artist blossom is a rare treat as a fan to be lucky enough to see him and his music evolve over time. Nothing like “being there from the beginning” when you appreciate something/someone and recognize the talent at first sight. Keep up the good work Casey and TCJB!

  8. Aunt Sherry says:

    This truly is an AWESOME JOURNEY watching Casey get better and better. His talent knows no boundary. So very proud for him! All the support is appreciated.

  9. Blueslane uk says:

    Thanks Jen L. & Shari for another great article. I have loved watching Caseys songs develope over time, they were great to begin with, but are getting better everytime he plays them.
    Thank goodness for this blog and all the Casey fans that have contributed to it.
    I hope one day I will be able to provide this blog with some photos and videos. I will see Casey performe live, somehow, somewhere, someway! lol.

  10. Kathy from AL @Krainia says:

    Great article! Well said! This sentence expressed my feelings aptly: “this is the first time we’ve seen the evolution of an artist from “undiscovered” to star and it’s a thrilling ride” and to think, this is really just the beginning! There is so much more to come! The evolution of an artist. ummhmm!

  11. Article & TCJB…just an AWESOME! I’m Lett girl, but I’m happy for Texas Boy and I’m so proud to be Casey James’ fun!Thank you so much, Jen and Shari with Co!! I’m so blessed to know Casey and you. Lots of love from Latvia always! 🙂

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