Casey James walked out onto the Ryman Auditorium stage tonight at approximately 8:40pm to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. Watching him live were his momma Debra and some fifty or more fans who had flown in from all over just to witness this historic moment in Casey’s musical life.
Casey was announced by Opry legend Bill Anderson, who described him as “one of the new bright stars in country music.” After he was greeted by a hefty applause, Casey thanked his Momma “for making the flight to come see me,” and the crowd cheered after he said “she looks pretty doesn’t she?” Casey contined as he acknowledged and thanked his fans for traveling the nation to display their support. After explaining that he was “trying not to shake,” Casey delivered an unforgettable two song set accompanied by the Opry band.
First, Casey proved exactly why he deserved to be on that stage with his chart-climbing single “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night.” If Casey were nervous his first time at the Opry, you couldn’t tell from his confident performance of his first radio hit. As fans sang along, Casey, backed by the Opry band, showcased both his bluesy vocals and his sweet guitar licks. Fans were ramped up, and the crowd continued to go wild for the second song. Casey chatted briefly with the audience before launching into a fine-tuned, killer introduction of future radio hit “Drive.” Casey showcased his mad guitar skills on a borrowed dobro, and his joy playing before the crowd there (and listening in all around the world) was palpable. Casey killed his too-brief, two-song set. Casey’s performance on the famous stage brought tears of joy to listeners in the audience, both live and online. An unforgettable, and proud moment for Casey, his family, friends, and fans.
For even more on Casey’s Opry adventure, check out the discussion HERE.
To listen to Casey’s Opry debut:
The whole show (with clear audio) – Thanks to Carman (@CoolCJFan)
Let’s Don’t Call it a Night – Thanks to Rhonda (@rjnelson785)
Drive – Thanks to Rhonda (@rjnelson785)
Thanks to Carman (@coolcjfan)
Thanks to Pamela (@pjwood67)
Posted by the Grand Ole Opry on its Facebook Page:
Robyn Lankford took the following pictures at the concert, the rest of which you can find on her Facebook page HERE.
Lisa Perkins took dozens of terrific photos of Casey’s Opry debut. Here are a few; to check out the rest click HERE. She also wrote a great article, published by the terrific country music blog Countrys Chatter, about the concert which you can read HERE. Some of her quotes are included as captions to a few of her photos:
Here are some photos from Taylor Denise Moore, you can see them all on her Facebook page.