My first introduction the Casey Daniels Band came about a month ago after I heard their single, “Party Girl.” While I’m a fan of outlaw and traditional artists like Cody Jinks and Chris Stapleton, I always enjoy see the different styles that other artists have to offer. I found myself drawn to Casey Daniels’ country voice. You can hear his drawl pretty clearly and while there are times he talks in his music, it is far from what Sam Hunt does.
In the past week, I have spent a good deal of time going through their music, including their new album “Bible on the Dash.” The album begins with a little intro from Casey Daniels telling the listener how each song is personal to him and tells a little story. It’s a touch I don’t hear as much anymore - the last one being the intro on Rich O’Toole’s “American Kid.” I really enjoyed the story behind “Bible on the Dash” as it talks about his grandmother passing away from cancer. I reached out to Daniels and he explained how the bible is “a reminder of who I am and keeping my faith in the lord.” Having lost my own grandmother to breast cancer as well, I really relate to this song. My Grandmother was an incredible lady and she is dearly missed. Life is something many of us take for granted and we don’t realize it until it becomes to late. We try to take back what we said or wish we had said “I Love you” more often. This to me is one of the best songs on the album and it really hits you when you hear it.
“Bound for Colorado” is another song that makes you feel his pain as his lover is leaving him because “she could no longer handle my night life and my music career.” I find this to be a cold hard reality to many musicians as it is a very demanding lifestyle. She wanted to accomplish things in life and she decided to do that regardless of her love for him. She left a note on the table with a six pack of beer saying how she loves him but has to leave. He drowns his sorrows “at the bottom of a bottle” because she left and there was nothing he could do as she decided to move on with her life. He had brought flowers but she had already made up her mind and left. He haunts you with saying how he is “stuck here in Texas at the bottom of a bottle.”
“W.T.P.” is another favorite of mine on the album, especially with the intro - it’s so catchy. It stands for “White Trash Pimp” and he sings how his “grandfather’s son” is the only person he trusts. The song ends up changing in the second half and he followed in his father’s footsteps. I found it to be a fun song to listen to and Daniels pointed out to me it is just meant to be fun and it represents “like father, like son.”
Some other notable songs I enjoyed were: “Highway 19”, “A Song for Mama”, and “I Broke a Promise.” This album is available for streaming and download so be sure to give it a listen!
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