I can only begin to imagine what it feels like for Burleson, Texas native, Casey Donahew to look back at his impressive 15 year career. While obviously filled with the ups and downs of any music career, what Casey and his band have accomplished in that time on their own independent label is nothing short of impressive. Like many of his Texas musical peers, they have all proven time and time again, that the big machine is not the only path to success. It’s the loyalty that gives way to a truly healthy growth in any business. For any consumer to pull out their wallet or pocketbook, they need to really want to and be persuaded and artists do that by putting forth good music. Donahew has certainly done that and is giving back to his fans by treating them to re-recordings of hit songs on their October 6th release, The Wild Ride.
Having listened to Casey Donahew for years, I never was able to see them perform due to being here in Massachusetts. I jumped at the opportunity this last March to attend the NYC Texas Independence Day show at Terminal Five and saw some the largest names in Texas Country. Josh Abbott could unfortunately not attend as he spent time with his father who passed away shortly after, but I saw Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew, William Clark Green and Randy Rogers. Talk about a hell of a trip. For this country boy, seeing them and experiencing NYC was incredible. Thanks to this show, I have an obsession with NYC that will result in many more visits haha.
Hearing Casey play his older songs like Stockyards in the flesh, was an incredible experience. The older recordings off the album, The Lost Years, were understandably not as full sounding and the production is not on par with his new material. It’s a testament to how far this band has come. You know, a bona fide overnight success story. From touring locally to now being a nationally touring act, they have built a brand and following that is simply amazing. I left that NYC show hoping to hear those very songs be remastered. I said that exact thing to my buddy who went with me. Sure enough, months later, Casey broke the news that he and the band would be releasing this album.
I expect this to be a huge deal for fans, new and old, that appreciate Casey’s brand of country music. It’s packed full of the songs we like and they are re-born at the band's current level of talent and ability. Years of refinement have led up to this, and you better believe I’ll be buying this. Here’s to another incredible 15 years!
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