Guess Who Came To Dinner? Casey James Surprises Fans at Pre-Opry Celebration

Photo courtesy of Trey Wesson

Today is the day – Casey James’ Grand Ole Opry debut.  The fans who made plans weeks ago to come to Nashville to witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience were meeting each other, some for the first time, some seeing familiar faces, at Margaritaville, around the corner from the Ryman Auditorium.  They expected a fun dinner, a celebration of this historic day, and were excited to share the experience with Casey’s mom.  But what these fans didn’t know was that Casey has made some plans of his own.

And we at The Casey James Blog sincerely apologize that we couldn’t tell you about this ahead of time.

Casey surprised the 50+ fans in attendance by showing up at their pre-show dinner!   He went there to show his appreciation for their support and to give back to those who have given so much to him.   Though many fans had sent out invitations to Casey and had certainly hoped he would join them for dinner, when they heard nothing they assumed Casey would not be able to make it.   They didn’t know that something was in the works!  So it was quite a shock for them when Casey walked into their dinner unexpectedly.

For the fans who couldn’t be there in person, TCJB arranged for video of the big moment, which we will share with you as soon as we can.  In the meantime, here is a short video of the excitement shared by Carman (@CoolCJfan):

Casey had one more surprise in store for the fans there.  Each one received a signed souvenir card commemorating the show, just like the one the Opry was giving away to just one lucky fan.

Today the focus was supposed to be on the fans’ showing their love and appreciation for Casey as they came from England, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and other destinations to be there to support Casey in his Opry debut.  But Casey turned the focus around to his showing his deep and abiding gratitude for the fans who got him where he is today and stand by him as he continues his musical journey.

Moments before his arrival, Debra teased with this picture & tweet “My goodness! Look who I found in the front seat!”

Casey arrived a little before 5:45 & the first tweet to come in was from @CoolCJFan “Holy crap!!!! @caseyejames and @ bybeedjames just walked in to Margaritaville!!!!”

She followed up with a pic & tweet “@caseyejames signing @opry prints for the fans at Margaritaville! You’re awesome Casey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Thanks @coolcjfan

Photo by Pamela Wood

@tademo tweeted simply “Casey’s here!!!!”

Thanks @coolcjfan

Casey and Cindy (@sweetshadows17)

Thanks to Cyndee Hoialmen

Thanks Cyndee Hoialmen

Thanks Cyndee Hoialmen

Proud momma Debra. Thanks Cyndee Hoialmen

Thanks Cyndee Hoialmen

Photo by Carol Zimmerman Matthews

Photo by Carol Zimmerman Matthews

Casey with Carol Zimmerman Matthews

@cejtxgal tweeted “@caseyejames surpised ALL of us and came to the dinner with his momma!! Did a M’G with us all! Pics coming soon!!” and later, she tweeted “@caseyejames Thank you so much for taking the time to come visit with us all! ♥ ya!! I’ll be watching your debut from the front row!”

And finally, one last tweet from @coolcjfan “Bye bye @caseyejames” with this pic:

Thanks @coolcjfan

Photo courtesy of Robyn Lankford

Casey and Robyn Lankford

Pictures from Taylor Denise Moore:

Casey and Wanda Hinkle Moore

Casey and Taylor Denise Moore

Debra and Taylor Denise Moore

Casey and Glenda Jordon of "Caseymania"

Here are some photos from Nina Renfrow, you can view all her photos on her Facebook page.

Nina and Tracy

Nina and Regina

Nina getting one of those famous Casey hugs!

Casey and Nina

Casey and Pamela Wood

Carman Wesson shared some great photos from the dinner:

Just some of the fans there with Casey

Group shot

Casey and Robyn Lankford's mom

Bryan, Casey, Tracie Smith and her daughter

Casey brings people together 🙂

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38 Responses to Guess Who Came To Dinner? Casey James Surprises Fans at Pre-Opry Celebration

  1. mississippicjfan says:

    Awesome! This makes me cry – happy tears!! Can’t wait to see the video!!

  2. Cherrel Underwood says:

    So HAPPY for all the fans who were able to be part of this memorable evening!!!! Casey’s recognition of and gratitude toward his fans just underlines what we have all felt about him: success is not going to change his being such a humble, genuine young man with a heart of gold!
    What an honor is to be a fan of this gifted singer/songwriter/musician who also happens to be an amazing human being!!! No wonder we LOVE him!! :)))

  3. Cherrel Underwood says:

    P.S. Patiently (?) waiting to see the video…!!!! Thanks, TCJB, for all the coverage tonight!!

  4. Dona C. @ HBHUNNY says:

    What an honor to be a fan of Caseys.. I am crying tears of joy for him and all the fans that made it to Nashville.. God Bless Him!! I wish only the best for him..Congrats Casey on this special night!

  5. Joan says:

    What an awesome surprise for everyone that was there! That was very sweet and thoughtful of Casey 🙂

  6. CANADIAN CASEYFAN says:

    Thank you for allowing us Casey fans from far away to be able to get
    an eye full of the joy that is in Nashville are right now!!
    This is so pleasurable from a distance as well! I love Casey James.
    He is so personable,WOW!

  7. Jody says:

    Wow, what an incredible moment for those Casey fans.

  8. rockinrobyn59 says:

    What a truly special person Casey is to do that to surprise his fans like that! What a sweetie! I love seeing that he is so appreciative of his fans! I am so happy for all the fans who made the trip to see Casey and share in his shining moments at the Opry! It’s gonna be an epic night!

  9. What a wonderful gesture for his most loyal fans who were able to make the journey. I’m so sad I couldn’t make it, but so happy for all the rest of you who were there.

  10. Aunt Sherry says:

    I’m so proud to be part of this loving family!!!

    • Alexis Dunn says:

      You are so right Aunt Sherry the James family is like no other. Thanks for sharing with his fans Deb. was beautiful tonight.

  11. Patti (MsVerucas) says:

    Wow, that is soooo cool! So happy for everyone that is there!!

  12. mshepnj says:

    Well I downloaded the app for the Grand Ol Opry so I could listen to Casey. And then we had company tonight (due to a funeral for a close friend), went out to dinner and where we were eating dinner had no wifi and a very bad cell connection and I couldn’t get the live stream. So, I missed it. Ugh.

    I look forward to seeing the videos that y’all were able to make of tonight’s Casey concert.

  13. Erin says:

    I had a feeling he would show up with his Momma when I found out she was coming… just the kind of class act Casey is… such a sweetheart, now I wish I was there even more! 🙂

  14. Carolyn R. says:

    This is so awesome! So happy for everyone there!

  15. kathyt1 says:

    So HAPPY for everyone that is there and what a wonderful gesture from Casey and Debra…. I’m sure everyone is BEYOND happy. So happy for all of you and for Casey’s debut on the Grand Ole Opry….

  16. lisa says:

    I hope someone has a full picture of Debras dress!she looks absolutely gorgous.green is definetly her color.I can’t wait to see videos.how exciting for everyone

  17. medolark says:

    Casey is a class act that is for sure & certain. I’m so happy for all the fans that got to attend. Ü

  18. Wow just wow!! i think I might have fallen over in my chair! So glad for all you luckies!!!!!! Its amazing to watch from afar!! Thanks Shari again!

  19. Karen says:

    I am in tears of sorrow and happiness. I am so happy for Casey and the fans that got to attend and so sad that I couldn’t have been one of them. But I plan to make up for lost time at Billy Bob’s. Woohoo!!!!

  20. Renee says:

    Taylor- you and Casey look very cute together!! So happy for him and Debra and for all those who were there to witness history. I got to hear it on a scratchy AM station, just like the old days!

  21. Casey and Debra….SO THOUGHTFUL Of you two. I KNOW there were many excited fans afterwards

  22. What a thrill!!!! Casey is one in a million!!!
    And his Momma is one of the sweetest, kindest ladies I’ve ever had the privilege to meet.

  23. justjesssmom says:

    Casey is definitely deserving of all the support fans have given him. how sweet that he gave them this treasure of a memory. every time i think i can’t feel any happier something awesome like this happens! so proud of you Casey James. so hapy for all you lucky people that got to be there!

  24. Chris B. says:

    What a great suprise for all the fans !! Casey along with his Momma are such kind souls…what a wonderful family !!! Casey truly is that something special….wishing him many many years of success !!! So proud to be a fan !!

  25. paul gray says:

    one of the kindest souls I have ever met, keep that Casey, we love ya and continue to play the heck outta Let’s don’t call it a night! You are doing all the right stuff dude!
    Paul Gray 101.9 the WOLF -Sacramento.

  26. DARLA says:

    What a great night!!! Such wonderful moments and memories! Thanks for the re-cap! 🙂

  27. What an amazing experience. Thanks to all involved for making this happen. There sure was a lot of love in that room! 🙂

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  29. Tracy Scott says:

    Casey is so good to his fans-he is simply amazing! The entire experience was priceless. Seeing Casey being introduced so graciously by Bill Anderson was so heart warming! People are noticing Casey and they love him! The Sky is just the beginning…

  30. Ana Lúcia Perfoncio says:

    I was happy with the great surprise! Casey James was lovely to meet all the fans who came to prestige your debut at the Opry! I’m happy for the fans too! That special moment!!!!! 🙂

  31. Pamela Wood says:

    I love the effort Casey and Debra made to show the fans their appreciation for coming to Nashville for Casey’s Opry debut. We were all so surprised when they walked in. It was a little overwhelming to say the least and I was so busy taking pictures of other people having a Casey moment that time ran out & I didn’t get a picture with him. That’s okay though because I have pictures from other concerts, and some fans at Margaritaville had never met him or had a picture with him. I just feel blessed that I was able to go and share that special moment when he walked onto the Opry stage for the first time. There’s only one first time. Also, thank you to Lisa Perkins, who helped make my Opry miracle happen. Casey really does have the best fans! They are kind, caring people with good hearts & souls, does that remind you of anyone? 😉

  32. Barbara Early says:

    Last photo is my mother – Polly McCarter (83) – she has been to two of three Casey concerts with me & talking about going to Billy Bobs! She loves his music!! Thank you all of Casey fans for making a memorable time. Thank you Casey & his mother for being geniune people. I got the opportunity to talk with Debra a little – such a nice person. It was such a crazy night!! Special Thanks to Casey for sharing his passion for music – his way. People around us were commenting about his great stage presence, wonderful voice, and fantastic guitar skills – he will really go far. I enthustically agree!!!
    Barbara (I was wearing the Casey t-shirt)

  33. Rhonda Nelson says:

    This night will be sealed in everyone’s memory forever and to say Casey & Debra gave each of us a very special gift with their appearance there is an understatement of how it really felt. I was very proud of us as Casey’s fans that night too, because everyone was very respectful and generous and did not rush him or make him feel uncomfortable…just loved. And the fans who had already met Casey & Debra stood back and let the new fans get the individual time with him, and that speaks volumes about this grooup of people and how they mirror the values that attracted them to Casey in the first place. I loved this night and I love these people!!

  34. I am so happy for everyone who got to be there and have that awesome experience. Casey James will never change, he will always remain humble, he was raised to be a gentleman and I give that credit to God and his sweet Mama, those boys are blessed! And to bless us with their talent, well it just doesn’t get any better. my prayers are for a hug and a picture at BB’s, can’t wait, and to see all my twitter friends!!

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