Monday, December 27, 2010

Here's the story about Casey's surprise visit, w/a new picture, plus an article NOT on the internet!!

I found the story about Casey showing up at Buttons in Ft. Worth Christmas night!! Read on........

Guess who came down the chimney at Buttons for a surprise blues sit-in?
Heather Svokos


Casey James at Buttons Restaurant on Dec. 25, 2010.
Casey James Christmas surprise at Buttons

What a Christmas night delight: The Dave Millsap combo was playing along at Buttons restaurant and jazz emporium, doing its traditional Dec. 25 mini-bluesfest. Long about 10:30 or 11, in walked a familiar face -- though it was partly obscured by a pulled-down gimme cap: it was former American Idol contestant and local hero Casey James. "He got up there with them, and nobody does Casey like Casey," says Buttons owner Keith Hicks. "He did his thing for sure. It was awesome. We had all the blues cats there that night, the local legends." (In addition to Millsap, Buddy Whittington and James Hinkle were there as well.) Hicks isn't exactly sure how James ended up showing up, but he figures word got to him about the annual Christmas night blues romp. "He has played [Buttons] before," Hicks said, "but that was before he became the man the man the man!!"  Hicks said even though James kept his hat pulled way down over his eyes, and didn't make a ton of eye contact, the crowd still went a little nuts to see him. 

And now I've found a picture of Casey and the owners of Buttons, Herb and Keith!  So, here ya go, the latest pic of Casey enjoying his time at home!  He's looking very healthy and happy!!  What a smile.....gotta love it!!

I couldn't find this story earlier!  Every time I would click to 'read more' of the story, it would go to the pictures, and wouldn't go to the story!  Somebody got it to work, so I copied and pasted it here!  I love little stories like this!!  Just wish I would have known where he was last night.  Maybe one day I'll get lucky and catch him out jamming!!

I'll post again if anything comes through, so yall stay tuned..... :) 


I came across this cool article in the Fort Worth Destination Guide.  Someone gave me a copy and inside was this awesome Casey on:

An Idol Pleasure......

You won't hear Casey James griping about 3rd place.  In 2010 the Fort Worth based singer and guitarist was a contestant on the popular talent show American Idol.   With his chiseled from stone looks, small town charisma, and already seasoned stage presence leading the way, James finished the contest in third place.  In the world of American Idol this practically guarantees superstar status.

After a hero's return visit to Fort Worth, where he played at his old stomping grounds the Key's Lounge (5677 Westcreek, 817- 292-8627), James set sail on this life of an American Idol runner-up, from doing swarms of media interviews to having power lunches with record companies.  We managed to steal a few seconds of his now valuable time.

FW:  So, has it all sunk in yet?

CJ:  No, not really!  This has been so much more than I expected.  But my goal was to be seen, to better myself and my career....and boy, did I do that.

FW:  In what direction do you plan to take your music?

CJ:  Country is going to give me the biggest opportunity to do what I want to do, but not traditional country.  Texas country is sort of a rock-bluesy country.  When I talk about Texas music, a lot of people are like, huh?  But in Texas and Oklahoma and Louisiana and Arkansas, that's the kind of music that's going on and the kind of music I want to do.

FW:  You grew up in Cool and Weatherford but have lived in Fort Worth four years now.  How has living here affected your career?

Oh man, in unbelievable ways.  I've met so many musicians who have been supportive, like {local music staples} Bobby Counts and Neal Drennan, both good friends of mine.  They've helped shape me....sharing their wisdom with me, giving me a place to play, not being afraid to be honest with me.  Because of them, I am who I am.

FW:  When you're in Fort Worth, where can we find you?

CJ:  I'm at the Keys Lounge a lot, either playing or watching friends.  And the Cowtown Sports Bar & Grill (7108 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-570-7910).  They have killer food, really phenomenal burgers.  I love Fresco's Cocina Mexicana in Burleson.  I've played there a few times.....they pay me a little and feed me a lot!

Well....there you have article I knew nothing about until a couple days ago.  They also posted a picture of Casey standing through the top of the limo while he was at his Homecoming back in May.  

  It's a little blurry, but you can still definitely tell it's Casey!  I never knew he told where he hung out when he came home.....that gives me an advantage now!  I just want to visit with him for a minute, I don't even want to take up much of his time, just a quick picture and few words and I'm good!  If I catch up to him, I'll tell all of you about it, and post the picture!

I'll be back when there's more news, and I'm glad I was able to nab this before everybody actually knew about it..... :)

Until next time.......

Christmas is over, and Casey is still at home.

Hello Everybody!!  I hope all of you had a fabulous Christmas Holiday with family and friends, since thats what it all means to most of us!!  Actually the first meaning is the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is a known fact, but sometimes gets buried in all the commotion and stress associated with the holiday season!   But I always remember to say "Happy Birthday Jesus"!!  :)

The Christmas Card Exchange was the highlight of my holiday season, with cards and gifts coming in from all over the country and internationally as well!!  Every day of the past 3 weeks have been filled with the coolest creations from all of you!!  I want to personally thank each and every one of you who participated and really brightened my days leading up to Christmas....yall are all awesome!!

As most of you have heard, our sweet Casey was home for the holidays!  It looked as if he was having a great time too!  There has been one picture posted and he looks as if he's trying to operate a video camera as he reads the directions from a pamphlet his cousin Chad's son, Jaryn was holding!  Also in the picture you can see that he is wearing a Santa hat that says Texans on it, well, that was a gift from our girl Debi Adams and her friend Sheila!  She also sent me one!  Thanks again Debi!  And I must say, I'll bet both of them is sitting on cloud 9 right now after seeing this picture with the hat on!   And check out the Tide shirt!! LOL!!!  Love it!!  Thats my detergent too!!! :D

Thanks to Sara Poynter for this Casey Christmas Picture!

Maybe some more Christmas pictures of Casey at home will come through before long.  I sure hope so anyway!

Well, it seems Casey has tweeted a few times in the last few days, and for those of you who don't's what he had to say:

Casey Everett James
Hey everybody!! Merry Christmas!!! My Official website is up!! Check it out at !!! Love you all.

Casey Everett James
BTW, I will post a yellow note soon. I just cant think right now. Stayed up all night playing ping pong with some friends. Good times.

Casey Everett James
I will hang out and talk soon. Im off to bed. Hope everyone has a great Christmas!! ;)

It's always exciting to hear anything from Casey, and since he hasn't been tweeting very much, (because of his hectic work schedule in Nashville) this was a pleasant surprise to us all!  Well, I was about half way expecting to hear something from him on twitter and I'm glad my hunch was right!

I will be extremely elated the day that BNA posts a tour schedule for him!!!  That's what I'm totally anticipating!  When that happens I can see now all the chatter with all the fans forming groups and roadtrips to shows!!  And I will be one of them putting together my own group of Texas friends to travel to Casey's shows!!  This is going to be so exciting and I just can't wait till it all gets started!!  And I expect each of you to send me a detailed recap of your experiences, ok? lol!!  This is gonna be fun!!  We should be able to get Meet and Greets before long.  I guess they'll launch the Fan Club portion of his web site soon.  Then we will pay a yearly fee, (usually around 20 bucks or so) for all kinds of goodies and freebies and free meet and greet passes!  I don't know how they will work his fan club, but you can buy different levels of it usually, depending on what you want.  I want Full Access to everything I can get, so I'll be buying the biggest thing they offer!!  And hopefully they will have Members only Forum Boards where we can keep up with everything and post all the latest news and pictures!!  Don't let the Forums scare you off, because at first they seem so terribly difficult to understand and read and how to post things and all, but there's a trick to it, I will reveal when we get our members only Forum Boards, ok?  I'm getting excited just thinking about it!!!  It shouldn't be too long before we hear something about that first single.  I'm so hoping they release it in January!  The sooner the better, I want to hear it on the radio!!  And in the next few weeks I'll be posting more information about radio stations and their links and how to go about  requesting without irritating the DJ's.  I think I have already touched on this in an earler post, back during the summer, but I will be bringing it back again, so we can all get ready for the real work!! :) 

Here is a couple of awesome shots of our Casey boy I thought all of you might enjoy......he's such a doll.....with undoubtedly the sweetest face ever.....

May God Bless Casey, Debra, Billy and the entire James family as a New and Intriguing Year unfolds!  I wish ALL of them the very best that 2011 has to offer!!
And the same goes to all of you, my friends....because without you, Caseymania would be nothing!  Thanks for all of your savvy comments, suggestions and giggles and just flat out good conversation along the way and over these last few months!  It has been an awe-inspiring experience for me!!  I am looking forward to what the future holds for this little site, and hope many more Casey Fans join us here as we ALL walk with Casey through the most exciting experience of his life.....his first year as a recording artist!!!!
Many thanks and Great big hugs to all of you.....

How many of you are getting snow today??  Or better yet, how many of you had a White Christmas??  I've been watching the weather as many, many of you have been pelted with snow storm after snow storm!!  So if you are in that area with the bad weather, please be careful in it!  The snow is beautiful but scary when it's in a blizzard!  What is the real shocker is all the snow in all these southern states!  We didn't get any where I am, but there has been snow all over Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, you name it, they've been really getting some serious snowfall!!  I so wished we would have gotten some snow and had a White Christmas this year.....but it just wasn't in the cards, I guess.... :( 

I want to post for all of you, my all time favorite Christmas Song!  And I don't care who sings it, I LOVE it!!!  This is Charlotte Church, who I've loved ever since I first heard her sing, back when she was just a young girl.  Enjoy......

I'll check in with all of you soon, and hopefully with some more Casey at home for Christmas photos!!

Yall take care of yourselves and each other.....until next time......

This just in:  Casey James spotted at Buttons in Ft. Worth on Christmas night!  Looks as if it was a surprise visit and here are 3 pictures captured!!  Looks good to see him so happy and in his element!!!  Come on 1st single......drop already!!!  :)

Thanks to for these awesome shots!!

How adorable is this last picture?!?!  Too Cool......ya gotta love this guy!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas everybody!

Hey y'all!! I just wanted to pop in and wish everybody a very Merry Christmas!! I hope all your wishes and hopes were met!! I got so many cool things, so it was great for me!! Lots of family and friend time!! I also know that Casey was home for the holidays!! So far there's only been one picture posted that I know of and I'll get that to y'all either later tonight or tomorrow! The Christmas Card Exchange was a big hilight for me this season and I hope we can do it again next year!! Y'all take care, I'll be back later!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Casey James Band is Official!!

Hey Everybody!!  Great News has broke!!!!  Casey James is now OFFICIAL everywhere!!!  His official Website is up, his official Facebook is up, his official Myspace is up, his official You Tube is going, his twitter has been declaired official, and his ILike is up.  I know about every one of these except, iLike...Don't know a thing in the world about this social network.  But maybe I'll learn, because I want to be a part of everything he is!!  

I would have been on sooner this afternoon talking about this, but my niece and nephew were in an accident, (they are ok thank God)   He was hit in his driver door, T-boned, but walked away without as much as a headache.....the newer generic car, was totally mashed in the front and the passengers went to the hospital to be checked out.  It was obvious his old truck took good care of my family!!  I stand by those old vehicles.....they were made with steel and welds, not fiberglass and rivets!  The only reason his truck is totaled is because it slammed the frame and moved it, so it would cost a fortune to fix it, if it could even be fixed, (most of the time not) but not a huge dent in the door, just a small one compared to the car, and thats why they were safe!  Thank God for old trucks!!  Casey likes old trucks too, and I believe they are much safer than todays vehicles!  They just don't make 'em like they used to! :)

Ok, now on to the most fantastic news we've heard in quite some time!!!   How many of you are excited for Casey!?!?  I know I am, and this means that the ball is rolling and we better get ready cause the Casey news is about to start flowing!!

Here is Casey on his new You Tube channel and giving US our First message!!

I just love him to pieces!!!  What a sweet guy!!!  I absolutely LOVED the laugh at the beginning!!!  And he looks sooooo Happy and WELL!!!!

I'm going to post all the links now to all his new places, ok?  Yall check 'em all out and sign up to be a part of all of 'em so we can keep up with everything he's doing, so we don't miss anything!!

Casey James Band Official Facebook Page

Casey James Band Official Website

Casey James Band Official Myspace Page

Casey James Band Official You Tube

Casey James Official Twitter

Casey James Band Official iLike Page

Ok, there you have it......ALL of Casey's official sites, all in one little spot!!  Lets all sign up and friend and be a productive part all this Casey stuff!!  His twitter is actually the original twitter, looks like it hasn't been changed at all.  So most of us are already a part of that!!

Here is a WoW picture of our boy back during the Idol Tour last summer!!  I will be so glad when his official site posts some new photos of him from the brand new photo shoot I know he's already done!!  And when I see a schedule......I will be elated!!!  Can't wait to post that schedule here and keep everybody up on what show is next and see videos and pics from fans of the shows just finished!!!  It's gonna be like in the summer all over again, that is.....if the fans do videos and pictures and post them everywhere, like before.....  I'm not even gonna worry about it, because Casey DOES have some very dedicated fans and yall WILL make sure videos and pics are posted.....everywhere!!!  Right???  Yall don't let me down now!!!

Thanks to Jenn Johnston for this awesome shot!

I'm not sure that *WOW* is a good enough description for this shot........I can almost See him "Feeling" his music....if that makes sense to yall.  He's there........he's feeling everything he's doing and when I watch him......I go there with him!!!  I know I'm not the only one either, because Casey has a way of bringing us right into the music with him!!  He's fantabulous!!! :D  I will support him till my dying day, the guy deserves the best, because he gives HIS best, to us!!! :)

Before I go, I wanted to give a VERY GREAT BIG THANK YOU to every one of you, who have sent me the coolest Christmas Cards ever!!!  And your welcome to each of you who have been having a blast with this too and thanking me!!  I love this!!!  I've heard people talking about it, so I am going to do something too.....when I have all my cards, I'll take a picture of the door I have them hung on and post it here for all of you to see!!  
I'm also going to be making some appearance changes on here as I'm adding new links to the now 1 side bar, so yall bear with me and we get dressed for the future!! :)

And if Casey by some small chance reads this......I want to thank him and BNA and Sony Nashville for giving us ALL a very special early Christmas present by making The Casey James Band official in every way!!!  I just can't hardly wait to get started on what happens next!!!  It's going to be an awesome ride yall, so put your seat belts on and get ready to be ROCKED by The Casey James Band!!!

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!!!!!!!   Love and Hugs to all of you!!!

Until next time...........

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

First Casey Christmas Card Exchange is a hit.....and a few seasonal videos!

Well.....hello everybody!!!  Are we getting lots and lots of awesome Christmas Cards from all over the U.S. and abroad??  I've been getting tons of them, not any international ones yet, but I'm sure they're coming!  People are telling me every day "thank you" for putting this together!!  And I thank all of YOU for joining in to make this happen!!  I know, being the first time there were some flaws.....but hey, at least those same mistakes won't happen next year, I hope!!  I'm going to create a new email address next year that will be recognizable to everyone and easy for me to send out group emails.  I'm having a hard time doing that with Gmail for some reason!   But I'm going with aol next year, and it should be much easier, for everybody!!

I want to Thank everybody who is sending out the cards, it's so awesome to go to the mailbox and see all these unique cards from all these great people!!  I will take the time to Thank everyone I can on Facebook, personally by a message, and for those not on FB, well, Thank You right now!!!   I love this!!

My blues are long gone and I'm having fun getting and sending out the cards!!  Thank you to all of you, who took the time to talk me through some rough days, I don't know what I'd do without you!!  At the end of the day I'm a real human with real emotions and have only talked openly about my feelings here once before.    I thank all of you for urging me on and staying connected to Caseymania even in the slowest time we'll ever see here!  I promise you it will not be this slow again, once that single hits the radio stations!  And I am so looking forward to a busy blog that knows no end to the Casey news!!

 Well, my creative side has reared it's head again, and having a subject cool as Casey to work with, the options are endless as what to come up with!  So I played around with a popular picture that probably everybody has seen and came up with this little doozy!!

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

This picture almost looks like he's holding the package in his hands!!  :)  Just pretend he's giving each one of you this lovely gift.......from him!

Ok....back to reality!  I think it's high time for some Christmas Music, and since Casey don't have any Christmas Music out yet, I'm gonna give yall some from my other Idol boy, Bucky Covington!  I particularly love his version of this Christmas Classic, and the spin he puts on'll see what I mean when you watch the video!!  This is my personal video from a show just before Christmas I was at in Greenville, Mississippi last year.  Yall enjoy!!

And this is another of my favorites, and Lady A delivers it so playfully!  I just LOVE their version of this great song!!  :)

And of course.....who could get through Christmas without Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From the Family"   This has to be the funniest Redneck Texas Country Christmas Song ever recorded!  Remember yall, this video is all in fun, so I hope no one is offended.  Many of you, not being familiar with Country music for very long, may not have ever heard it!!  And I hope there's some of my readers who hasn't, because I guarantee you a belly laugh!!  Enjoy!!  Yall leave me some comments and let me know what you think of my choice of Christmas songs!!

Oh, what the heck, that last one got me to laughing so much, I thought, "I can't close this post without some Bill Engvall......'here's your sign' humor"!!   So here's some Christmas time song humor from one of my favorite comedians!!  For some reason the embedded link was diabled so I had to just post the link, so click on it and get ready to roar with laughter!! 

"Bill Engvall's 'Here's Your Sign' Christmas Song"

A great big Thank You to all these fine folks for their awesome videos! danburst12~barrettdalton31~warnerbrosrecords

Before I go, I wanted to Thank everybody for all the thoughts and prayers and well wishes during my sick spell!  All of you are just incredible, loving and caring people and I wished I could thank each of you in person one day!!
Thanks for being a Casey fan and Thanks for reading Caseymania.....

Until next time......yall stay warm and stay well!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's nearing everybody ready?

Hello everybody!  Well, I'm  back, but I'm still not up to par just yet.  I actually feel a little better, but I'm still stopped up....not all the time, just several times a day....and at night!  Just wanted to touch base and see if everything is going good with everybody.  I am starting to get so many Christmas cards, and it's awesome!!  I had a problem with my order so it's gonna be a little late getting out.  As soon as I have them in my hand I will be getting them ready to mail out!  The cards I'm getting from everybody are so nice and unique!!  I'm loving every bit of this!!

Well, there was only one picture that surfaced that I could find during Casey's visit home for Thanksgiving.  This one was taken the last night he was in town down at the Key's Lounge, where he had sang a few songs and talked with a bunch of folks and signed autographs.  I just wish I could have made it down there.  He was there till about 3am and when he was leaving he was headed to the airport to catch his flight back to Nashville.  But this one picture did make it to me, and it was Casey playing pool!  So I guess he was relaxing and having a nice visit with old friends and new at his old gigging place.  I'm glad he was able to do that.  Life is getting hectic, I'm sure, for him.  Ok, here's the picture......

As most of you know by now, it has been confirmed that Billy James is headed to Nashville to be with his brother and play Bass in the Casey James Band!!  I'm so thrilled about this news!  But, as of right now there has been no news on whether Jacy has gotten a spot in the CJB or not!  We are all still hoping and praying he gets to go as well!!  I got the pleasure of meeting Jacy once and he is just the nicest guy ever!  Very personable and chatty!  I like that in a person.... :)  Keeping my fingers crossed for him!!

Well, is it nearly Christmas already?  And has it nearly been a year since we all laid eyes on Casey James as American Idol televised his audition in Denver?  Yes and Yes!!  This has been the fastest passing year I think I ever remember!!  Oh well, you know what they say......time flies when your having fun.....and that comment has never been more true than the passing of 2010!  It really has been one of the most fun years I've ever had, except for the fact that I lost my mom.  Like I told all of you was really a blessing.....because the amount of pain and suffering she was enduring.  I was relieved when she didn't have to hurt anymore, and I am at peace with her passing.  Miss her every day, and I'm sure I always will, but life has to move forward after a loss of this standing still, that's when you fall time for it.  I've been having a little bit of the Blues lately, but I have very faithful friends who always know exactly what to say to get me back peddling again.  Now I'm getting back in the Christmas Spirit and moving forward!  Thank you my little know who you are!!

I hope everyone will send out a Christmas Card to the James Family and wish them a Happy Holiday Season!  I certainly am!  And one more thing to address, while I'm at it.....Someone put a suggestion on my Wall on Facebook, and I think it is a fantastic Idea.  Read about it:

When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it
to this address: 

A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army
Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001. 

If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful people who have sacrificed so much would get!  Please try to do this, and make an  injured or sick soldier smile!  :)  It's a small price to pay for the security they give us every day!  

If any of you can spare an extra card or two this year, please do this, for them and for yourself.....I guarantee it'll make you smile!  :)

While I was looking around on the Key's Lounge site earlier, I came across some Casey Pictures I had not seen!!  (Imagine that!)  They were taken during the Homecoming Visit!!  So, I'll post 'em here for yall to see!!  Enjoy!!


Woo Hoooo!!!  That last one just blows my socks off!!!  He was really giving it his all that day, I remember it so well, and I am so fortunate to have been there to see this in person!!!  It was a great day in 'Cowtown'!!
I want to thank the Key's Lounge Page on Facebook for posting these awesome shots of Casey during his visit there on May 14th!  Also, thanks going out to K.Roundtree, S. Poynter, and L.Moody

Before I go, I want to Thank everybody who took part in the 1st Casey Fans Christmas Card Exchange!!  We had a total of 41....I were a few changes here and there, but I think the grand total was close to that!  Yall are all awesome, thanks for letting me speak from my heart!  All of you have a special place in my heart!  Always!

I'll be back when I can find some more breaking news!! 

Until next time.....

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm almost well, new stuff coming soon!

Hey y'all, just wanted to pop in and let y'all know I've been pretty sickly for over a week now. I've never been so stopped up in my life! Still not breathing good yet, but I'm
better! I'm gonna try to get a good post up for y'all in a day or so. I'm just having trouble getting in my writers mode not feeling good.
So y'all check back in a day or two and I should have something put together for ya! Take care of yourselves...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Today's the deadline for the Christmas Card Exchange

Hey everybody..... this is gonna be short today, because I'm sick and feeling awful.  But I had to get on here and post a couple things.   First, the link I put on here the other day for the Casey James Band Facebook is a FAKE!!  Someone made it look like Sony Nashville had started him a Facebook page and IT'S NOT TRUE!!!  It seems to me, there ought to be a LAW against someone impersonating a Record Company!!  And hopefully the person who did this will be found and punished!  So if you are on Facebook, and you pressed the LIKE option at the top of the page, just scroll down to the bottom and to the left you will see the UNLIKE option, just click it and you will be out of it.  This fraudulent site was verified to be a fraud by Billy C James, Debra James, & Casey's Manager among others.  So the best thing you can do is get away from that site.

Today is the LAST day you can take part in the Christmas Card Exchange.  If you would like to join in, just get an email to me with your MAILING ADDRESS INCLUDED.  So many people have sent me the email, but forgot to put the mailing if you did it, don't worry, you are not the only one!  Haha!  To be a part of it, just send me an email to:

and remember to add your mailing address!!  Thats the most important part! :)  Tomorrow afternoon I will be sending out a group email to everyone on the list with all the names and addresses listed. 
When you get this email, look down through all the names and find YOURS..... make sure everything is RIGHT..... if it is NOT right, please send me a new email with the word CORRECTION in the Subject line and I'll correct it and send out another email to everyone with the correct address on it.  So everybody, please hold off at least one (1) day to allow for any corrections, then start sending everyone on the list a Card from you.  You can get creative and do whatever you like.  I made my Casey Card last night and now all I have to do is order it through Snapfish and pick up the order of Cards at Walgreens.  I think Wal Mart might do someting like this too, I just know for a fact, I've done this many times through Snapfish and they send the order to The Walgreens of your choice and you can pick them up in about an hour or so!!  I will also send a copy of my favorite Casey moment!  If I had a picture with him, I would send out one of them, but I don't, and not sure how to make one of those face in the holes things.  But I have the software either here or on my phone, maybe I'll try to make a pic of me and him......maybe not!  It'll be a surprise!!  

Ok, yall have a good one, I'm going to hold my head over a pot of boiling water and see if I can unstop my head!  Take care.....until next time........