As soon as word went out that you could pre-order Casey James’ self-titled debut CD on Amazon.com, fans who have been waiting patiently for March 20th to finally come went online to put in their early order. As of now, the album has climbed as high as #16 on the Country charts and #116 overall. Don’t miss out, click here to pre-order your own copy of “Casey James.”
Casey James’ debut single is still making waves in country radio, adding 5 more stations yesterday to the over 90 stations currently playing “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night.” Sony placed this add in media outlets to tout the single’s continued success:
Elsewhere, the excitement about Casey’s upcoming Grand Ole Opry debut is spreading, as more articles are published about this once-in-a-lifetime event.
The Grand Ole Opry itself tweeted the link on their website about “Guest Artist: Casey James.”
Casey James first emerged on the national scene during his third-place run on Season 9 of hit TV show, American Idol. Having performed most of his life, Casey was encouraged by his mother to audition. As a native of Cool, TX, he grew up playing guitar and was almost always surrounded by music. Both of his parents played guitar and sang, as did other family members.
Casey’s wide-ranging influences include such artists asMerle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and Bonnie Raitt, with a mix of ’70s rock, blues, and outlaw country are all helping to shape his style. Following his success on idol, Casey began touring with Sugarland in early 2011 and playing his own shows while working on his upcoming album. His debut single “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” provides a taste of what to expect on his debut album with its bluesy, goodtime feel. The album is set to be released in 2012.
Got Country quoted Casey as saying this about his first visit to the Opry:
“It’s amazing,” exclaimed Casey. “Not only will it be my first time on the Opry but my first time at the Ryman as well… just to be invited is a huge honor and privilege. I am super excited to play on the same stage that so many great musicians have played over the years.“
Country Music Rocks posted about Casey’s January 27th Opry appearance on their website as well, adding a quote from Casey about hearing how seeing him live has converted many new fans.
“Let’s Don’t Call It a Night” singer Casey James is poised to take a step into country music history this Friday, January 27th, as he makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry! For any country artist, that’s a big moment, but whatever the setting for a performance, Casey says that his goal is always to give the audience the kind of show that makes them glad they came to see that “TV guy” they remember from American Idol.
Casey James says it always makes him feel good to win new fans in concert.“It’s always a big, big, big compliment to hear someone say, ‘I watched you on the show, but I had no idea, you know, I just took a chance to come and see you, and it was so much better than I thought it was gonna be.’ You know, in a way, I guess the expectations were low, and that’s kind of almost a downer, but then you think, the fact that they were blown away, that’s a great thing, and I always take that as a compliment because maybe they had a little bit of interest because they saw a guy on a TV show, and he was comin’ to play a show nearby, and ‘What the heck? Might as well.’ And then the fact that I put on a great show and really pour my heart into it, if that makes them a fan, in my mind, that’s the goal; I’ve accomplished what I set out to do that night.”
We are also on the lookout for an official press release from Sony on Casey’s Opry debut this Friday which we will share with you as soon as we receive it. From what we’ve heard, Casey will be singing during the 8:15-8:45 session, but we don’t yet know if he is singing one or two songs.
UPDATE: Here is the press release from Sony:
CASEY JAMES TO MAKE GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT JANUARY 27!
Self-Titled Debut Album To Be Released March 20
NASHVILLE, TN – 19 Recordings/BNA Records’ recording artist Casey James will make his Grand Ole Opry debut Friday, January 27. The Cool, TX native, will get to make his Grand Ole Opry debut at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
“It’s amazing,” exclaimed Casey. “Not only will it be my first time on the Opry but my first time at the Ryman as well… just to be invited is a huge honor and privilege. I am super excited to play on the same stage that so many great musicians have played over the years. ”
Casey’s current single, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night,” off his forthcoming self-titled debut album was co-written by Casey, Terry McBride and Brice Long. Fans can pre-order Casey’s album before it’s released on March 20 on Amazon at http://myplay.me/l6h .