“Is this heaven?”
That is what the fans at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines may have been wondering tonight when they were treated to a concert by Casey James, following the Iowa Energy basketball team’s home win over the Dakota Wizards. But, no, it was just Iowa. This was Casey’s second trip to the Hawkeye State’s capital city since he played this very same arena as part of the American Idol Season 9 Live Tour back in 2010.
Casey and his new drummer, Blaine Crews, entertained the enthusiastic crowd with 13 songs tonight, including the debut of “Workin’ On It,” which is included on Casey’s upcoming album. They also performed a cover that fans have not heard before, Tom Petty’s “The Apartment Song.”
Casey opened the show with the song that is also the first track on his debut album, “The Good Life.” Next was the first performance of “Workin’ On It.” Introducing the next song, Casey told the crowd how he’d spent years playing gigs at places that were the size of the stage he was sitting on tonight. He thanked the crowd for helping him get the chance to “make the music that I’ve been wanting to make for a really long time,” and then played his chart-climbing single “Let’s Don’t It a Night.” Casey followed that with the Tab Benoit song “So High.”
The set continued with a slowed-down version of “Love the Way You Miss Me,” an emotional song which Casey said speaks to those in the armed forces who are separated from their loved ones. The next song was “So Sweet.” “She’s Money” followed, and at the end of the song Casey realized that he hadn’t done the intro that he and Blaine had played in Wisconsin. He joked that they could do the intro then, but decided to continue the show with a cover of Tom Petty’s “The Apartment Song.” “Undone” was up next, followed by Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie” and Hal Ketchum’s “Small Town Saturday Night.”
Introducing the next song, “Why I’m Feeling Blue,” Casey mentioned that it’s one of his favorites and it was a tough decision not to include the song on his album. He joked that if fans buy his first album, maybe he’ll get the chance to do another one. Casey closed his set with “Drive.”
The Good Life
Workin’ On It
Let’s Don’t Call It a Night
Love the Way You Miss Me
The Apartment Song
Polk Salad Annie
Small Town Saturday Night
Why I’m Feeling Blue
Patty Cleghorn was kind enough to call in so that fans could listen live. Click below to listen to a recording of the concert.
Intro and The Good Life (thanks Donna Camarata)
The Good Life (thanks Patty Cleghorn)
Workin’ On It (thanks Donna Camarata)
Workin’ On It (thanks Patty Cleghorn)
Workin’ On It (thanks BxLxAxKxEx23)
Let’s Don’t Call it a Night (thanks Donna Camarata)
So High (thanks Donna Camarata)
Love the Way You Miss Me (thanks Donna Camarata)
The Apartment Song (thanks Lisa Gallery)
Undone (thanks Donna Camarata)
Polk Salad Annie (thanks Donna Camarata)
Small Town Saturday Night (thanks Donna Camarata)
Why I’m Feeling Blue (thanks Donna Camarata)
The introduction to the below video is cute in a make-fun-of-Casey sort of way. Casey mentions that he was impressed with how fast the streets were cleared after the heavy snow fell yesterday in Des Moines, and says that had that amount of snow fallen in Forth Worth, they would’ve been snowed in for three days. He calls the trucks that cleared the snow, “trucks with the four by four and the thing on the front” and says we have a lot of trucks in Texas, but none with the “tractor thing on the front.” Um, Casey, they’re called snow plows! You’re such a Texas boy, but that’s why we love you!
Drive (thanks Donna Camarata)
The photos below are courtesy of Donna Camarata. To see the rest of her photos from the concert, click here.
Eva Marie took these great photos:
Bonus Video: After the show, when Casey was meeting with fans and signing autographs, he took some video of a cute little fan, Laney, who was excited to get Blaine’s autograph.