“Casey’s stage persona is equal parts James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Bono…But then comes the surprise, etched in cursive on the head of a pin. Listen closely, and the songs are beautiful heartfelt, and wrenching.”
By the time Casey Shea turned up in New York City with a guitar case full of songs, he’d already spent a good chunk of time as the charismatic front man for bands in Tallahassee and Nashville. So it should come as no surprise that this uncommon singer-songwriter has applied what he knows to cobble together a five-piece band wherein each musician is more than astute in his own right, but as a whole they seem perfectly geared to highlight the undeniable talent of Mr. Shea and his shiny new solo material. This past November, Casey Shea and his brethren released the melodious In Your Head (Family Records), his third full-length album, which draws on influences as varied as the Beatles, Beck, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty. And on the track “Jennifer” (co-written by Kings of Leon Producer/co-writer Angelo Petraglia), you get the feeling Shea would have fit right in with the legendary Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young when they penned Déjà vu.
Stream/Download: Casey Shea – “Jennifer”
After dropping his self-recorded solo debut, Take the Bite, in 2010 he released Love is Here to Stay, all the while, honing his heartfelt song writing skills and building a loyal following aided by a stage presence that MTVNews.Com compared to legends like James Brown, Elvis Presley, and Bono. Not bad company to find yourself in if we do say so ourselves. Meanwhile, 2011 found Shea touring Canada and the UK with fellow Family Records cohorts Wakey!Wakey!, as well as teaming up with Tally Hall to record a peculiarly melodic and groovy rendition of Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me,” which MTV deemed a “buzzworthy” summer jam. Casey also had the pleasure of embarking on tour with Tally Hall, creating the perfect line-up.
While clearly he’s bearing his own mark, the songs on In Your Head fondly recall influences including Help! era Beatles, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, The Strokes, and even some good old Chuck Berry. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with this album. He recently delivered a killer performance at the Family Records Holiday Extravaganza in December at the Bowery Ballroom, and on 1/27 he’ll be playing the Rockwood Music Hall to complete a series of live recordings. We can’t wait to see what he does with them.