Sunday, February 5, 2012

Last Nights show in Des Moines, Iowa, Casey on the move, plus much more!

Last nights show at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa, took Casey and Blaine into colder territory, as there was snow everywhere when they arrived.  The look on his face in this picture, even though he's smiling, says...."We're not in Texas anymore buddy...."  lol....  
We Texans don't care for weather that puts a chill all the way through our  bones that stays all winter!  We're just not cut out for it! :) lol....

Thanks to tcjb for this photo

Blaine, (@blainecrews) Casey's new drummer, was with him for this 13 song show, where one of the 4 unheard songs on the album was debuted!  He tweeted this picture during their sound check.
Here is the setlist, which was nabbed by Iowa fan, Donna C.!!  Way to go girl!!  :)

The Good Life
Working on it (this is the new one he debuted)
Let's Don't Call It A Night
So High
Love the way you miss me (<3)
So Sweet
She's $$$
The Apartment Song (A new cover originally by Tom Petty)
Polk Salad Annie
Small Town Saturday Night
Why I'm feeling Blue

In true Casey fashion, he joked with the audience about playing in bars for years no bigger than the stage he was playing on right then!  I love his humor.....
When he and Blaine performed "She's Money", Casey forgot to do the awesome intro he had done at the recent Milwaukee show, and thought about doing it after he'd finished'm sure that got a belly laugh out of some!  But instead, he went into his next song.

 Thanks to Donna C for her great photo


                Thanks to Donna C. for all her incredible videos!!  Great job girl!!

"The Good Life"

"Working On It" (first time hearing this one from the album!!)


"Let's Don't Call It A Night"

"So High"


"Love The Way You Miss Me"


"The Apartment Song"
Thanks to lisagallery for her great video!



"Polk Salad Annie"


"Small Town Saturday Night"

"Why I'm Feeling Blue"



Woo that's what I call a fantastic show!!!!!  OMG....I felt like I was there on the front row just singing along to every song and stomping my feet and clapping my hands....or shedding tears.....depending on the song at the moment!!  That was a great group of videos, so crystal clear and audio to knock your socks off!!  I cannot wait to see him at Billy Bobs next month....oh and guess what??  The owner of all these videos, Donna, will also be doing her *thang* at that show as well!!!  I cannot wait!!!!!


Into The Circle, a blog covering the Opry happenings, did a nice interview with Casey.  Below, you will find their full interview....and I loved every bit of it!  :)  He talked about things like all the work involved in creating the perfect album, and being speechless about his debut on that famous Opry stage!

The Grand Ole Opry brings country music legends like Bill Anderson and Jimmy Dickens, today’s superstars like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, and up-and-coming artists together on one stage creating unforgettable shows every week. Into The Circle introduces the newest Opry performers as they make their Grand Ole Opry debut and step into the circle for the first time.

Casey James Almost Speechless After His Opry Debut

  Casey James

“I’m just so blown away by the whole thing. For the first time in my life, I don’t have anything to say. I’m just speechless,” Casey said backstage after his Opry debut on Friday night (Jan. 27) at the Ryman Auditorium.
Casey James first emerged on the national scene during his third-place run on Season 9 of TV show, American Idol. Having performed most of his life, Casey was encouraged by his mother to audition. As a native of Cool, TX, he grew up playing guitar and was almost always surrounded by music. Both of his parents played guitar and sang, as did other family members.
“This is the tip of the top,” Casey said of playing at the Opry. “I remember my family talking about this as long as I can remember. This is just a magical place. It’s a huge honor just to be a part of it. I’ve listened to so many things that were recorded here. It’s just amazing.”
Casey’s wide-ranging influences include such artists as Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and Bonnie Raitt, with a mix of ’70s rock, blues, and outlaw country are all helping to shape his style. Following his success on Idol, Casey began touring with Sugarland in early 2011 and playing his own shows while working on his upcoming album.
His debut single “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” provides a taste of what to expect on his self-titled debut album, set for release March 20. Casey had a hand in almost every part of making the album, which he says was important.
“I was there for every second of it,” Casey said. “There’s not anything that went on that I wasn’t a part of and that’s just because I wanted to be there. It’s important for other people to know how much I put into it because this is as close to my heart as it gets. This CD really came out sounding like I wanted it to sound.”
But the sound he was aiming for on the debut album didn’t just happen. It took long nights, a lot of stress, and hard work.

And the whole time, Casey tells us he never stopped learning.
“You learn a lot about the business. You’re learning the whole way. There’s nothing that you’ve known and unless you’re in show business, you don’t know anything. So, you learn everything – talking to cameras, interviewers, you learn how hard you have to work sometimes and how if it’s a 20-hour day, you might not get to eat or sleep and maybe you’ve got to go back to work the next day and do the same thing. If you’re paying attention, you learn a good work ethic. Really, it’s all new, so if you’ve got your eyes open and you are paying attention, you learn a million things.”
Casey performed his debut single during his Opry debut, which he co-wrote with Terry McBride and Brice Long. Believe it or not, the song was written in about an hour.
“It was the first time I had ever gotten with Terry and Brice,” Casey said. “I walked in, and we just hit it off. Terry’s from my hometown, so we’re just kindred spirits and we both kind of have that bluesy soul type thing. I think I played a lick, or he played a lick, or somebody played a lick. You know, when you’re writing a great song, when you’re both in it, nobody knows who does what. Somehow we got started and we wrote this song in probably an hour. It just kind of came out of us, and immediately became one that I really loved.”


Casey let his fans in on his recent move, his new bandmembers, his fans, and the a new Yellow Note......


Brian Mansfield, of USA Today did an interview with Casey before his Opry debut, and tweeted the photo below.  CMIL also caught up with Casey in a phone interview.

Casey has several new shows coming up in February and March, including Mt. Laurel, NJ on 3/3/12....Towson, Maryland on 3/4/12.....Indianapolis, Indiana on 2/12/12.....Romeo, Michigan on 2/16/12......Wichita, Kansas, date unknown as of post time. 

I will get these posted on the sidebar as soon as I can.  Don't forget to call your local radio station and request Casey's single...."Let's Don't Call It A Night", he's climbing the charts, but still needs our requests to break it into the Top 30!!
Also a reminder to vote for the video for the single on  CMT Pure 12 Pack and GAC.  On CMT you can watch Casey's video because they track the click on it and watch it a few times a day to  get those numbers up for him! :)

Ok's late, and I'm tired....yall have a great night....or day.... :)

Until then.....


  1. Great post, thanks Glenda!!

  2. Oh, Glenda! Love, love the new pic and the new colors and the spotlights. Fantastic!

  3. Glenda - you are the best - we love our Casey so much... and we love you!

  4. Great post! Great pictures:) Great everything :)Thank you!

  5. Love the new look Glenda !!! That picture is one of my favorites of him !! Gorgeous !!! Thanks!! Chris B.

  6. Thanks yall!! So glad yall like it!! I thought it looked good too! I started to leave the other picture, but it really didn't blend well with the color scheme, so I thought of this one, went and found it, and put it up to show his purdy face again! :)

  7. Thanks for the update. Great article!

  8. I really love the new look Glenda! Never hurts to see Casey's "purdy" face! :)
    Thanks for the great update and videos!

  9. Your welcome! So glad yall like it!!