Casey James at The Loft at City Winery, NYC, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Casey James at The Loft at City Winery NYC - Photo by Luxury ExperienceBlues singer, songwriter, guitarist Casey James lit up the stage at The Loft at City Winery in New York City. Located at 155 Varick Street on the second floor above the parent venue, City Winery, The Loft at City Winery, is an intimate venue that opened in May 2018, and provided longtime, as well as first time, Casey James fans with the opportunity to experience his creative talent up-close and personal.

 

 

Casey James - photo by Luxury Experience
Casey James
Live at The Loft at City Winery, NYC

Having heard and loved Casey James' killer new release, Casey James - Strip It Down, on Friday, July 6, 2018, we went to The Loft at City Winery to experience Casey James live and were wowed by his talent and his generosity as a musician, taking time out before the show to do a meet and greet with VIP guests, and again after the show providing more fans the opportunity to come by and say hello. Blues fans are loyal fans, and if indicated by the number of fans who had traveled great distances from across the United States to hear him perform in New York City, Casey James has earned some very loyal, and well-deserved, fans.

 

Casey James - photo by Luxury Experience
Casey James

As a bit ofa backstory for those new to Casey James and his music, he grew up in Cool, Texas, started playing guitar at age 13, and was a finalist on the American television program, American Idol on Season 9. From there he launched his solo career, which has skyrocketed to great success. He and his wife Kelli and their two children now call Nashville, Tennessee home, where he has firmly secured his place in the Blues Rock genre.

 

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David Parks

Casey James, playing with Eric Glover on keys, Tommy Lee on bass, and David Parks on drums, opened the show with the song, Messin' Around, a cutoff his new 14-track release, Casey James - Strip ItDown, released in June 2017, which had the audience cheering.

 

Erick Glover and Tommy Lee - photo by Luxury Experience
Eric Glover and Tommy Lee

Next on the setlist was another great cut off the new release, All I Need., followed by Let's Don't Call It A Night, which Casey introduced as his first single, released in 2012, a Texas Blues, Rock, Country song that thrilled long time fans to hear onetheir old favorites. Casey and the band continued with two more cuts off the new release with Bullet proof and I Got To Go.

 

 

Casey James - photo by Luxury Experience
Casey James

 

A veteran performer who engages his audience, Casey introduced the next song, Hard Times, Heartaches & Scars, as when he was 21, he was in a motorcycle accident and almost died. He damaged his right leg and his left arm, and while in the hospital, the doctors wanted to fuse his left wrist, which would have left him without the opportunity to play guitar. His mother advocated for him not to have his wrist fused to his arm. Although his arm healed he has limited ability to rotate his arm, but rest assured, Casey James is a darn fine guitarist who has worked through the pain to get where he is today and played 6 different guitars during his performance to get the exact sound that he wanted for his well-crafted songs.

He explained that he wrote the song, as a redemptive song, about coming through the experience and appreciating what he has. The cut is one of our favorites on the release and hearing it performed live was fabulous.

Listen to a video clip of Hard Times, Heartaches & Scars - https://youtu.be/q9TRz8B6Vnc.

 

Casey James - photo by Luxury Experience
Casey James

Casey followed with Need Your Love So Bad, Different Kind of Love, and Stupid Crazy, which he introduced by explaining that after time with Sony, he started writing songs that he wanted to hear. He wrote Stupid Crazy in his head while he was in bed. The next day, he hummed it to his wife and asked her what she thought, ands he said it was okay, so he wrote it down. The result is a catchy song that once heard, keeps playing in your head long after the album, or in this case, the performance, ends.

Taking fans back to his first eponymous album, Casey James, he played the song, Drive, followed by a fabulous cover of the 1971 Bill Withers song, Ain't No Sunshine, which had the audience dancing in their seats. Casey and the band closed out the performance with a cover of one of his favorite artists, Tad Benoit, with Tad's 1992 song, So High, off Tab's Nice and Warm album.

 

Casey James and Debra C. Argen - photo by Luxury Experience

Casey James and Debra C. Argen

A meet and greet after the show completed the exceptional Casey James experience at The Loft at City Winery in New York City.

About The Loft at City Winery: "Introducing The Loft at City Winery: a new, even more intimate space featuring City Winery's signature sound, sightlines, and service! Located one floor up from our main venue, it promises guests more ways to indulge their senses with programming that ranges from City Winery favorites to up-and-coming acts to theatrical productions to talks, classes and more. A food menu with concert-friendly plates and full drink menu (with plenty of--you guessed it--wine that's made in house!) rounds out the offering. The Barrel Room Lounge is a natural extension of our Barrel Room restaurant, offering the same wine inspired, regionally influenced, and locally sourced cuisine that we've offered for a decade in a warm, casual setting. Guests are welcome join us in the Lounge prior to concerts for the best of both worlds. The Loft's Private Dining Room has room for up to 40 guests, with flexible configurations that make it ideal for everything from corporate presentations to multi-course meals. Collaborate with our private events team to craft the perfect experience."

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

Want to read more about Casey James? Read our interview with Casey James and our review of Casey James - Strip It Down.

If you want to catch one of Casey James upcoming shows, here's a sampling of some of the placeswhere he will be playing. To see the entire tour calendar, please visit: www.CaseyJamesOfficial.com

Casey James Tour Calendar

Back to Back Foundation, Ky, KY

July 28, 2018

The Griffin, El Dorado, AR

August 2, 2018

Verizon Theatre w/ Delbert McClinton, Grand Prairie, TX

August 3, 2018

Dosey Doe, Spring, TX

August 26, 2018

Mountain Heritage Festival, Whitesburg, KY

September 29, 2018

The Visualite, Charlotte, NC

September 30, 2018

Forgotten Music Festival, Mexico Beach, FL

November 2, 2018

903 Music Fest, Longview, TX

November 12, 2018

A sampling of upcoming shows at The Loft at City Winery. To see the entire calendar, please visit: www.CityWinery.com/TheLoft

The Loft at City Winery Upcoming Shows

Billy Strings

July 17, 2018

Michael McDermott & Jesse Terry

July 19, 2018

Corazon de Granada

July 27, 2018

Netherfriends

July 28, 2018

A Beautiful Celebration of Jazz Brunch

July 29, 2018

Alexis Suter Band

August 1, 2018

Buckwheat Zydeco Jr and The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

August 7, 2018

Bonomo & Strange Familia

August 8, 2018

Vanessa Collier

August 12, 2018

Popa Chubb

August 14, 2018

The Everly Brothers Experience

August 15, 2018

Chapell with American Nomads

August 16, 2018

Albert Cummings

August 19, 2018

Shawn Mullins

August 21, 2018

Alicia Witt

August 28, 2018

John Joegenson Quintet

September 12, 2018

Teitur

September 14, 2018

Darling West

September 16, 2018

Ana Popovic

September 17, 2018

Birds of Chicago CD Release

September 25, 2018

Stephane Wrembel

October 5, 2018

Alex Clare

October 6, 2018

Nobody's Girl

November 11, 2018

The Loft at City Winery, NYC

 

The Loft at City Winery

155 Varick Street, 2nd Floor (located between Spring and Vandam Streets)

New York, New York 10013

United States

Telephone: +1-212-608-0555

Website: www.CityWinery.com/TheLoft

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CityWineryNYC
Twitter: @CityWineryNYC

 

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