Hello again yall! I thought if I stayed gone a few days there would be a bunch of Casey news to share with ya, but no.... After the media craze in Nashville during the CMA's everything just came to a screeching halt. I guess that's to be expected though. All the artists and writers go back to their usual routines after the big events just like us normal folks do after something big and exciting in our lives. So I think I'll take this time to talk about a few of the 'groups' in Country Music that have grabbed my attention more than once.
But first.....I want to repost a beautiful and very well put together video of a montage of Casey pictures pre-Idol, during Idol and after. All of it is set to his music from different occasions. So settle in......grab you some coffee or whatever your choice of drink is....and be prepared to be *WoWed*!! Even if you've already seen this......watch it again and again......it is just beautiful!! Brings tears to my eyes every time! I want to extend a hearty Thank You to my friend Jan for her awesome work on this 15 minute tribute to our Casey!! I know for a fact it was not easy to do, but she worked on it until she had it perfect! Thank you so much girl.....Yall Enjoy.....
Beautiful Casey Montage of Pictures and Music
As I mentioned above....I want to turn some of you on to some really good musicians in Country Music that you may or may not have ever heard of. Some are new some are not, but they are very good in my personal opinion and they are groups, the same thing Casey is going to be in. So when next years Awards come around, these are the people who will be in similar categories with him if he's nominated for something. I don't want to use the word 'competition'.....but in a way it is the ones he'll be competing against in his category.
Up first is a group from Denton, Texas by the name of "The Eli Young Band". They are all young men, around Casey's age and younger. Their sound is so different from anybody's I ever heard. The lead singer has a very natural sound to his voice,with a beautiful falsetto almost like a pop sound, but it flows so effortlessly and sounds great with every song he sings. I love all of their songs, but this particular song just grabs me at the beginning and holds on and I have chills most of the way through it. It is just the most beautiful melody and the lyrics are so catchy.....you will find yourself wanting to know what happens next....
So, give it a listen.....and let me know what you think. Here is...."Guinevere"
"Guinevere" by Eli Young Band
And while I'm on their page, I'll go ahead and paste a link to another of their songs that is my favorite! I used to listen to this one on a radio station that played Texas musicians and they were not even signed with a label yet, and that's how I heard about them. Next thing I know....they were playing on the bigger radio stations! I knew they had been signed when I heard this song on the big Dallas stations!
"Always the Love Songs" by Eli Young Band
Next up.... a group that I discovered in February of this year at a theater/bar in Birmingham Alabama. They were opening for Bucky! Thats the reason I was there. So they stepped out on the stage, and immediately I loved their look! They were 'pretty' people! The main singers were a female lead singer and her two younger brothers.........and they called themselves.........."The Band Perry," Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry. These kids are going places and they are going fast! They have a bit of a rock/bluegrass/pop/country sound! I love their sound! I had never heard of them and just assumed they were a house band, or a local band. They were neither, they were from Greenville, Tn. and they had just signed their record deal earlier and were out doing their radio tour! At that time, I had not heard their song on the radio, but after that show, it wasn't long at all till I heard their first single. I was yelling and telling my husband....there's that group of kids we saw in Alabama....the Band Perry! He listened for a second, and said "It sure is"!! I recognized the song they were singing, cause they sung it there at the show I saw! So here is their first single from their self titled debut album......
"Hip to My Heart" by The Band Perry
And here is their 2nd single that was released, and this one is headed for #1 if it's not already there! I was keeping up with it for awhile, but got busy and didn't get to check where they were on the billboard countdown. They were at #8, I think, last I heard. But I love this song and I think America loves it too!!
"If I Die Young" by The Band Perry
This next group needs no introduction, they've been around a while and dominating the Country Charts and taking home the highest awards for many years in a row! And they are known as....Rascal Flatts!! Most people, no matter what music they listen to, have heard of Rascal Flatts, they are just huge! Here is one of their earlier hits, and a very cool movie soundtrack... "Cars"!!
"Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts
Just watching that video makes me want to go watch the movie again!!!! Love it!!!
And this next one is the first single off of their album called "Unstoppable". This song is co-written by an Idol alumn.....yall know who it is??? It's Chris Sligh from season 6! He co-wrote this beautiful tear jerker of a song and RF took it to #1 and put his name out there! The song is....."Here Comes Goodbye" and I cry every time....every time.... Its just one of those songs that touches the depths of your soul
"Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts
This next group has just grown by leaps and bounds in the last 3 years! They have probably the weirdest name of any of the Country Groups....and this trio is known as....Lady Antebellum. They are the Vocal Group of the Year, so The Casey James Band has their work cut out for them if they are going to beat out these three! But I have faith and I believe they will!! This song, "Need You Now" was the most played song on the radio ever in the history of radio! So here it is now.....
"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
This next group came on the country scene a couple years ago and has taken the Country Music scene by storm! They have a bluegrass/country/ type sound with some very good acoustic guitar picking and some awesome vocals and harmonies! And their music is getting recognized more every day! It's the "Zac Brown Band" and here is their 1st chart topper...."Chicken Fried".
"Chicken Fried" by The Zac Brown Band
And last but not least, a group thats been around a few years, but I know very little about. I like their sound but they never really made me sit up and listen till I heard their newest song...."Little White Church" I really like this song better than any of their others.
"The Little White Church" by Little Big Town
There are more groups in Nashville singing Country Music, but these are just a few of my favorites and Casey's Band will be up against these artists in the Vocal Group Catagories....I know, I already said that didn't I?? I'm bad about repeating myself....lol....forgive me! :)
Anyway, I'm gonna take off for tonight and be looking for more news to post, and until then, yall have a safe and happy week, and I'll be back soon! I'll leave ya with a nice shot of Casey sometime during the show! :)