All Access Media Group (Jim Asker)
“Crying On A Suitcase,”is the 2nd BNA single for this Texas native. The debut, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night,”did extremely well for him, especially when you consider the volume of new material out there. This one, will do even better–it should–it’s a great single, especially for radio, especially for summer. The song doesn’t waste any time before it hits the hooks, and the hooks don’t quit–throw in a powerful vocal performance and a blistering guitar solo or two, and you have the perfect single. This one doesn’t go for adds until June 18th, you’ll be blasting it loud way before then.
The Texas native’s second single, “Cryin’ On A Suitcase” is a solid piece of modern country. Chugging electric guitars, a nut-and-bolt tight rhythm section and swirling B-3 organ compliment James’ bluesy voice. Fans of Tim McGraw should gravitate towards James; “Cryin’ On a Suitcase” sounds like it could have been on one of McGraw’s albums. The ladies will love James for his looks, but guys will dig his country-rock-blues sound.
GAC-TV (Daryl Addison)
On the steady-rollin’ “Crying on a Suitcase,” Casey’s rhythmic vocal is methodical during the verse before opening into a big radio-ready chorus of open guitars and slicing pedal steel. Here … Casey enjoys the freedom of loose musical arrangements that allow for his fluid guitar leads.
Roughstock (Matt Bjorke)
He got into the Top 20 with “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and comes back strong with this, his follow-up single. One of the few songs he didn’t co-write on the album, “Crying On The Suitcase” has a boppy melody driving the song along (the bass line feels a little “every breath you take” like) as the fast yet clearly enunciated lyrics are performed with soulful and vibrato-filled charm by Casey James, a guy who came to be signed because of his 2010 Top 3 performance on American Idol but clearly the winner of that dreadful season and an artist who took the time to develop his self-titled album instead of rushing it out to middling results.
‘Crying on a Suitcase’ is … a more straightforward, mainstream country song than his previous single ‘Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,’ which leaned more toward soul or blues. James’ delivery here is appropriately urgent. … [It] is a difficult song to get into, but there’s something to be appreciated once one approaches the chorus for the first time.