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article imageReview: Casey James bears his heart and soul at B.B. King Blues Club Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 24, 2017 in Music
New - On August 23, singer-songwriter Casey James (from "American Idol") performed at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, New York, for a very intimate group of fans and listeners.
James was backed by a talented three-piece band, and he played a lot of new songs from his latest studio album, the critically-acclaimed Strip It Down.
His voice was smooth as silk, and overall, it was a fun and upbeat 90-minute performance. The guitar slinger went into the crowd a few times, and he soared on such songs as the uptempo and bluesy "Makin' Up," and he spoke about the origin of the album's title [Strip It Down], prior to singing the sultry and seductive "Strip It All Down." Equally memorable was "Bulletproof," which he performed sans veteran singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton, as green lights shined from the stage.
James also shared that "Stupid Crazy" was a song that he wrote in the middle of the night in his head, and that was the tune that started the whole record. He noted that he was lucky enough to get a talented female vocalist, Bonnie Bishop, to come in the studio and sing it with him, and he delivered a sassy and mellow performance of the song, as red and green lights dimmed from the B.B. King Blues Club stage.
It was followed by the soulful "Different Kind of Love," which he dubbed as one of his personal favorites on the new album, and rightfully so. He dedicated it to all the ladies out there, and it garnered a loud round of applause. "Yeah!" James exclaimed. "I can do a whole set of that song. I can call it Casey James and a 'Different Kind of Love'."
After switching guitars, he closed his set with an "oldie but goodie," the song "Drive," which is a track featured on his eponymous debut studio album. He introduced the musicians in his band, and wished everybody a good night, prior to going to the merchandise table to pose for selfies and sign autographs for his fans.
The Verdict
Overall, Casey James rocked B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. It is evident that he was born the sing the blues. The songs on his new album fit his musical style perfectly. James is one vivacious live performer. Well done.
Strip It Down is available on Amazon.
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