Casey James (album)

Casey, an American Idol third-place finisher, garnered a following on the talent competition with his standout bluesy renditions of songs such as John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”

On his debut album, this Texas native brings more of the blues and Southern-rock vibe he displayed during his covers tunes by metal band Poison and suave pop-rocker John Mayer on American Idol. From his debut single, the sultry come-on “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” to the slow rocker “She’s Money,” this artist knows how to capitalize on his smooth voice with a cache of romantic-leaning tunes. He co-wrote all but two tracks on his debut album and he’s mastered the intense electric and acoustic guitar riffs that shine throughout the collection.

This well-rounded musician infuses blue-eyed soul into “So Sweet,” though he sounds most at home on a Southern-rock-tinged “Workin’ On It” that would make Lynyrd Skynyrd proud. The album closes with the sensual “Miss Your Fire,” which boasts a tender vocal à la Jonny Lang. Now if only he would have included that soulful version of “Jealous Guy.”

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