CASEY DANIELS BAND - HIGHWAY 19
CASEY DANIELS BAND - MODERN DAY COWBOY
BIBLE ON THE DASH (ALBUM REVIEW)
PIT STOP FOR COUNTRY (CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REVIEW)
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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PARTY GIRL (SINGLE REVIEW)
We all have that spot that we like go to on a Friday night to throw a few back while we catch up with our buddies about everything going on in our lives.
In the case of “Party Girl,” the debut single from the Casey Daniels Band, we are taken directly into the middle of a conversation between friends about the new love in his life that he can’t get enough of.
We’re pulled in with a swooping steel guitar that laces over a mostly acoustic instrumentation, allowing the vocals and very descriptive lyrics to be the centerpiece.
He paints the picture of what this girl is all about in several different ways; in the chorus, by comparing her personality to different alcohol traits:
“She’s bold like bourbon”
“Smooth like Crown”
“She gets Wild like the Turkey I drink”
But he also gives us a much more vivid picture of her when he sings of her habits, which includes painting the town, breaking hearts, smoking like an old hippie, and drinking moonshine until the jar is empty.
However, where Daniels shifts this song to the next level comes in the final verse when he confesses, “Damn I turned a good girl wild, she’s like me and I love her style.”
Originally on their Wild Saturday demo album, the re-recorded version of the song is the lead single for their forthcoming September release Backroads & Moonshine.
The already proven hit with their strong Texas following gives this a strong edge at radio.
The catchy melody wraps around red-dirt modern instrumentation, but also fuses in small touches of traditional to give a respectful nod to the roots of the genre.
The lyrics are built to reach the younger 20-something demographic, which gives this a major shot at becoming a smash hit in Texas, but also busting them out on the national scene.