Casey James

Casey James at the Wolf’s Den

Saturday night Casey James returned to the Wolf’s Den. Mohegan Sun had a giveaway for 4 reserved seats for the show (normally first come first serve) and a signed poster.  At first someone else had won but then Mohegan contacted me and said that the winner had declined the prize and that I was the next in line to win!  I obviously accepted the prize and was told that the poster needed to be picked up at the hotel concierge.  When I arrived I figured that I would grab the poster, roll it up and carry it with me to the show.  Except that when I picked it up… it was a LOT bigger than I was expecting (not that it was a bad thing!) and it was on posterboard so I couldn’t roll it.  It was one of the ads for Casey’s signing the last time he was at the casino last year that they hang up around the casino to promote it. Very cool!

I dropped it off at the car and waited for my friends to arrive and we headed inside.  We were one of the last tables in the back which gave us a nice view of the stage.  He said that he was working on a new album and hoped it would be out soon and that he was kind of growing tired of the old stuff – not in bad way but he was just looking forward to adding some new material into his sets and giving us something new to listen to!  He also kept teasing that we were asleep because the clapping and cheering was minimal at times.  But he got us doing a call and response and trying to beat out one side versus the other.  In the end, I think it was a tie 😉

He played just over an hour set and then said that he’d be signing and doing pics at merch which I was excited about.  I’d met Casey before but never got a photo with him! (Last year at the casino I couldn’t stay for his signing)  It seemed like it took FOREVER for him to come out (it probably was only 10 minutes) and he chatted signed and took pics with whoever waited.  We were near the front of the line, but it was pretty long when I had looked back to see how many people were behind us! He was nothing but sweet and asked if I had seen him before because he recognized my face.  I was surprised because it was a while ago when I had last met him – but he did tell me at that time I was the first person who told him I had pre-ordered his CD, so I guess I was memorable!

I’m not sure how accurate this setlist is w/ the new song titles (I guessed, mostly) but here goes nothing:

She’s Money
Let’s Don’t Call It a Night
Nothing Like You
The Good Life
Get On The Roll
Woman’s Touch
So Sweet
Workin On It
Cover – So High
Too Sweet For Me
Cryin’ On A Suitcase
Need Your Love So Bad
Get Over It


Casey James @ Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den

Thursday night Casey James performed at the Wolf’s Den in Mohegan Sun.  This was also my 300th concert!  The show started at 8 and he played for roughly an hour and a half.  The setlist was a mix of songs off his debut album as well as a few covers.  He mentioned how on one of his songs, the guy who played steel guitar on it also played on James Taylor’s record and he did the same chord progression in his song as he did in James’ so sometimes Casey would sit in his car and listen to them back to back. (Of course I can’t remember now which song that was – so if you know comment!)

Casey shows are always a ton of fun – at one point he asked if the drinks had valium in them because the crowd wasn’t too rowdy.  Another time he shh’ed everyone and then was surprised at how quiet it got!  A girl in the front asked for a pick early on and he said he needed to use them and asked if he ran out if she would give it back for him to use.  She said yes so he gave her one.  He didn’t end up running out of picks and tossed 3 or 4 of them out in to the crowd after his last song.

He also told a story – and I hope I can do it justice because I just wrote down some basic notes about it – if it’s not totally correct I’m sorry.  But the Wolf’s Den has a screen behind the performers and I guess Casey didn’t notice it until a few songs in and wasn’t sure what was going on.  He told us about this and then said the other day he was somewhere and there was a mirror but it was angled and he didn’t realize it was a mirror.  He looked over and was like… hey that guy looks a lot like me.. and he’s staring at me!  And then he realized it was a mirror.  He teased about how he’s not so good lookin’ now, right?

After his set he did a signing in the shops.  I unfortunately couldn’t attend, but I hope he had a good turn out and sold a lot of CDs! (You had to buy his debut album to get a wristband for the signing)  I’m looking forward to Mohegan hopefully posting some photos :)

Since this was my 300th concert look for some fun ConcertKatie giveaways coming up in the next week to get every one in on the celebration.

Setlist under the cut :)

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Country 92.5 Concert For Kids

Tuesday night Country 92.5 took over the Cadillac Ranch in Southington, CT for their annual “Concert For Kids”.  All the proceeds would go to St. Jude’s.  Tickets were $35 and posters were $25.  A purchase of a poster meant that you got to meet all the acts after the show.

Performing were Courtney Drummey (a local CT talent), Casey James, Gloriana, Lee Brice, Neal McCoy and Uncle Kracker.  Courtney opened the show with a 4 song set.

Then it was the interesting part, at least for me.  Apparently the set up of “guitar pull” is pretty popular in the country community – but since I woudn’t call myself a country fan I’d never heard of it.  All the performers are on stage at the same time so they can interact with each other, play with each other, etc.  It also leaves more time for the show and less for set up, since as soon as one act ends the next can start up.  The order was Casey, Gloriana, Lee, Neal and then Uncle Kracker.  Each sang 4 songs which took about 2 hours.  Then at the end they all jammed together for a few songs.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but it ended up being a really great show and a lot of fun!  I especially liked at the end when they were all performing together they sang “hey jude” but instead of saying “hey” they said “st” for St Jude’s, since that’s what it was the fundraiser for. Really cool.

Once the show ended, we waited about half an hour for all the acts to come out for t signing.  Casey was first so I told him he was the reason I was there and that I was a fan from Idol.  He told me his CD is coming out March 20th and I told him that I already had it preordered through Walmart.  He seemed surprised and said I was the first person who told him that!  I said quick hellos to the other acts as the line started moving at that point (perfect timing that I was “stuck” in front of Casey though so we got to chat a bit longer) and made my way home.  It was so great to meet Casey, I only wish I could have gotten a photo with him – but hopefully he’ll be back promoting the album!

Pictures are going to have to be posted a bit later – I did a really bad job scheduling posts this week! I was in Albany last night and got home and went right to bed – no time to post photos even though I had them uploaded. (Can’t sneak it from work at lunch because I upload to Facebook and that is blocked!) Hopefully this weekend (at the latest!) I’ll have some posted.

Setlist under the cut – but I can’t remember for the life of me what Lee’s first song was! I think I’ve got everything else figured out though 🙂

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