Chicago has many nicknames, but my favorite comes from an early 20th Century poem by Carl Sandburg:
Hog butcher for the world,It makes it sound solid, dependable, yet free-wheeling. Texas-born Casey James seems to fit very nicely into that description. He hasn't missed a show, and from the video I've seen of last night, nary a beat either in putting it all out there for the fans.
Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
Player with railroads and the nation's freight handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the big shoulders.
I know the place with be packed with Mid-Westerners probably geared to support their local boy, but if they open their hearts -- and their ears -- they should join Team Casey by the end of the show.
Any of Casey's twitter fans who are going, make sure to be loud and proud for Casey tonight!
First Photos (courtesy of MJsBigBlog):
|Photo Credit DeWyzeDork|
Above 2 Photos Credit InvisiBel1
The first video is the first three songs of Casey's set including I Got Mine, Don't and HYERLAW
The second video is It's All Over Now
Group Finale (Don't usually include, but excellent quality and decent focus on Casey)
The Chicago Sun-Times reviewed the concert and while you might have expected it to be all-Lee, all the time, the reviewer actually seemed to utilize old-fashioned journalistic impartiality. He wrote, about Casey:
The most entertaining guy on stage, though, came in third. Casey James can sing and play the bejesus out of his guitar. He shredded a solo in the middle of his opener, the Black Keys’ “I Got Mine,” and again for his closer, the Rolling Stones’ “It’s All Over Now.” His ballads sagged, even the duet with Michael Lynche on “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?,” but his rakish grin and studied nonchalance made him fun to watch, not to mention that Eddie Vedder quiver in his purr.Let's just soak that in for a bit. How nice, and rare, when a paid professional reviewer sees it the same as us amateurs, who have nothing to go on but our ears and our hearts.
Oh, and while we're reading the review again, basking in its positivity, I have a question. For how long now have I been drawing comparisons with Casey and Eddie Vedder? Well, I won't make you go back and reread all my posts (though if you haven't, you should -- darn good stuff there!) -- it's been a very long time. I was not surprised to hear from BC what an influence Pearl Jam was on him and, being the good older brother, he introduced Casey to these guys who may have been placed under the "grunge" label, but were (and are) seriously fine musicians!
On Twitter, fans tweeted praise for Casey's performance.
Indigo_15 said: U are officially the best guitarist EVER on Idol--and your singing tonight in Chicago was just as great! Thanx 4 a great show!
raisen06 wrote: You were awesome tonight in Chicago! I sure wish I could of met you! I hope you will be here again when you do your own tour!
Love_LeeDeWyze offered: Omg! You ... did "Have You Really Ever Loved A Woman" so beautiful! Honestly better than the original! =]
ChevyBear tweeted Casey: u have fans in chicago!!(: I saw u perform tonight at united center. u were amazing, as always. come back again&again please!
Over at MJsBigBlog, one of her reviewers, WJMTV, wrote up an interesting recap of the night. Though not a typical narrative-driven review, it gives interesting tidbits about the night. It's clear that this concert-goer was impressed with Casey:
Band’s Favorite Song: “I Got Mine,” Casey James. They didn’t try to hide it either. I thought we might need an ambulance for one of the backup singers. Oh, and the bass player is really hot.That was my favorite line, "I knew him when." How many of his fans have thought that, each claiming to be the first to discover him and see his potential? What's interesting about this is I can see a time when we forget how we first were introduced to him, forget he was some guy on a TV show, and just think of him as an amazing performer who never disappoints.
I Can’t Believe I’m at a Cheesy American Idol Concert: Casey’s guitar solo during “It’s All Over Now.” I’m telling you, people, we’re gonna be saying, “I knew him when.”