Casey James sat down with Taste of Country before his return trip to the Grand Ole Opry on March 16 and their interview ran the gamut from facial hair to romance to a certain reality TV show.
With Casey about to visit the Opry, after already playing the Ryman, the conversation started with that:
Is playing at the Grand Ole Opry like going to a party at someone wealthy’s house, where you try to take something small just to prove you were there?
[laughs] That’s awesome. Yeah definitely. Just like a nail sticking somewhere out of the floor, I’ll pull that thing out of there and keep it. Frame it on the wall. I think that’s a great idea actually. I wasn’t going to do that, but now if something is missing you’ve got me to blame.
Then the conversation turned to Casey’s upcoming debut album.
Last year, you said you had written songs with Randy Owen and Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and I noticed that none of those made the final cut. How did you choose and how did those ended up getting weeded out?
It was an absolute beating to try and choose the songs but it really boiled down to collective wisdom. Obviously there were certain songs that I really loved, and it came down to about 20 maybe that I really felt like were the songs I couldn’t take one away. And luckily everyone surrounding me that I depend on to go to for advice — and that’s including people at the label and friends and family — those 20 were pretty much the same choices throughout. And then it was just a matter of getting the most consistent feel for the album without being too much down one path, but also not being too all over the place.
Really I was just trying to make the best possible album and maybe sometimes — I know it sounds crazy — maybe the best song might not be on the album because you gotta think of the album as a whole. And that’s the hard part is picking and cutting. It was an excruciating process.
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