The collective eyes of Casey James’ fans are focused on March 2012, the approximate date for the first release of Casey’s debut CD. But as we wait for that day to arrive, we can look back at the milestones that we’ve already enjoyed with Casey as he went from undiscovered journeyman musician to someone with his first major label release.
On August 17, 2010, Sony Music Nashville issued a press release announcing the signing of Casey James to their BNA Records label.
March 3, 2011, was the first performance of Drive at the invite-only Country Radio Seminar Boat Party.
On March 4, 2011, Casey opened for Sugarland in North Little Rock and played in public for the first time, “Bulletproof,” “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” “‘Til My Guitar,” “Drive,” and “Done Made Up My Mind.” Watch set here.
March 19, 2011, in Sioux City, Iowa, was the first time Casey played Hold On, the song he co-wrote with Kristian Bush, publicly.
On April 1, 2011, Casey played at the Academy of Country Music post awards-show Fan Jam with Kristian Bush.
On June 9, 2011, Casey played at his first CMA Fest in Nashville. He played two different events, including a two-song set on the LP Field Stage.
On July 27, 2011, 92.5 WXTU’s Razz on the Radio was the first to play “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” on the radio. The song was first introduced as a “Razz Recommends.”
On August 15, 2011, LDCIAN was released to radio, also known as “going for adds.” The song’s first add was actually by Z104 KSOP on 8/1/11.
On August 16, 2011, LDCIAN was available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. Casey’s fans were thrilled to finally be able to purchase some of Casey’s music and the song did amazing its first day, hitting #36 on Amazon’s Country Bestsellers, #3 (Overall) Movers & Shakers, #1 Top Rated in Country, and #52 Top Country Songs on iTunes.
September 13, 2011, LDCIAN debuts on Mediabase, coming in at #49.
On September 28, 2011, Casey played for the first time a song that had no title at the time and that he is now calling Love the Way You Miss Me at a radio station event for 102.5 The Bull Birmingham.
October 14, 2011, the music video of LDCIAN enters the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown in its first day of airing. October 21, 2011, the video hits #1.
November 15, 2011, LDCIAN airs for the first time on GAC-TV. December 2, 2011, LDCIAN enters the GAC Top 20 Countdown at #11.