As usual, as news, no matter how small, comes in, I'll update it here.
First, a tweet from USAToday's Brian Mansfield (who is based in Nashville, so likely to be a great source of info for months to come!). "Aimee Mayo told me Casey was at a guitar pull with her and Luke Laird here in town Saturday night. 'Course, they didn't invite me."
For those of you, like me, who have no clue was a "guitar pull" is, I asked @usatodayidol and he tweeted: "Guitar pull=Buncha songwriters sitting around, taking turns singing songs." So now you, and I, know.
As we wonder what kind of music Casey might make in Nashville, we can look for some hints at the music he grew up listening to. According to his mother, Debra "Bybee" James, growing up Casey liked Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, Jr. Another singer that the whole family loved, she said, was a new name for me, Vern Gosdin. Debra suggested I listen to "Is it Raining at Your House" where you can hear his voice "tapping into that human spirit and connecting with the audience." Here's that video:
It's funny, and coincidental, that the first comment attached a clip of Hank Williams, Jr. and "A Country Boy Can Survive." I mentioned this song to Debra and she told me that song was one of the first that Casey learned on the guitar!