From the minute it was announced that Casey James would be making his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on January 27th, Casey’s fans have been overcome with excitement. This is a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime rite of passage for a country artist, the experience of stepping on that famed stage for the first time. And Casey’s fans want to be there to witness this magical moment.
A large contingent of Casey James’ fans are heading to Nashville from all around the country to be there in person to see Casey walk out on the Opry stage for the first time. The rest, who can’t make the trip, will be there in spirit, listening to the live stream of the show on WSM Online from wherever they are and looking forward to hearing the stories their fellow fans will share of this special occasion.
Some fans decided to meet beforehand for dinner and this idea blossomed into a huge pre-show celebration and a chance for fans who have become friends through their mutual love of Casey’s music to meet in person. Over 50 fans have already RSVP’d that they’ll be attending the fan dinner. The group will be meeting at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at 4:00 pm for food, hugs and conversation and then they will all head over to the Ryman Auditorium for a group photo at 6:00 pm before going in to see the show.
Attending this dinner is Casey’s #1 fan, his mother, Debra “Bybee” James, the woman who famously urged her son to try out for American Idol and lent him her car to make the trek to the last audition stop in Denver. She accepted the invitation because she could not pass up a chance to celebrate with this core group of loyal fans who has stood by Casey for nearly two years with unwavering support and love.
“I feel it safe to say that with God’s grace, Casey’s fan base will grow with him as time passes. What a beautiful thought! I am so blessed to see this rocket launched,” she told TCJB. “I believe strongly it was a core group of faithful fans that contributed to this launch. It’s almost like these special people all got together, picked Casey up, and threw him toward the stars. I thank, love, and appreciate them all. They have spent so much of their time, voting, praying, and traveling. Words can’t express my appreciation. No words…just love”
Glenda Jordon, who runs the Casey fan blog “Caseymania” summed up on Facebook what the rest of the fans heading to Nashville are likely feeling: “So excited for his debut and getting to meet others I haven’t met yet, and of course, seeing all those again, I do know!! This is gonna be GREAT!!! :)”
Of course, not all of Casey’s fans can make the trip to Nashville, but they plan on sharing the experience from wherever they are that night. Susan Derksen, a California-based fan, expressed the sentiment of the fans who won’t be there, saying “I’ll be at The Grand Ole Opry in spirit!”
Cindy Hodges has been counting down the days, tweeting “each day the excitement grows” as she keeps track of who is coming along with Carman Wesson who has this list on Twitter.
As one fan, Tracy Scott, said on Facebook, “Casey is gonna be feeling some serious love on Jan. 27th!!!”
Here’s the current list of Casey’s Twitter and Facebook fans who are planning on being there for Casey’s big debut:
Cindy Hodges (@sweetshadows17) & Pati Lackey
Darla Straube (@ilovemusic812)
Gail Vaughn (@wildwillowdes)
Nancy Atwood (@ridgef)
Cyndee Hoialmen (@CyndeeMN)
Sara McCandless (@SaraMac_in321)
Pamela Wood (@pjwood67)
Yvonne Liest-Crestwell +1
Lisa Perkins (@Lisap0181) +1
Rhonda Nelson (@rjnelson785)
Robyn Lankford (@rokkinrobyn) & her mom
Tracy Scott (@CrazyCEJFan) & her daughter
Mindy Dotson (@Mindybug123) & friend
Kath Williams (@kathwilliams2) & husband & son
Wanda & Taylor Moore
ValJean & Kevin Nixa (@ValJean_Nixa)
Amber Caro (@CJFan_Amber)
Glenda Jordon (@CEJTxGal)
Carol Mathews (@indianamomof4)
Anthea & John Brownrigg
Jeanette Wiggins (@jwtexaslady)
Carman Wesson & husband (@CoolCJFan)
Cecil Anison (@blues4me4ever)
Sharron Grissett (@slaphappynbama) + 1
Regina Roberts (@CJFan_Regina)
Diane Dailey (@deesquared777)
Cindy Clark +3
Chrissa Danielle (@chrisiiboo726)
Christy Blaylock (@clblaylock)
Debra James (@BybeeDJames)
Jan Humphrey (@janita 394)
Dona Charnell (@hbhunny)
Congratulations and safe travels to all of Casey’s fans. And congrats to Casey for generating so much love and feeling of community among his many fans!