Nick Casey

Nick Casey

Ghosts Like Me

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Outlaw singer Nick Casey rides on during the pandemic

The first thing you hear is that voice. Deep and mysterious, a la Jamey Johnson, with flecks of outlaw twang, a dose of darkness, and a hint of mystery. His songs on Ghosts Like Me provide the perfect vehicle for that voice, as Casey begins to build his outlaw country persona.

It all started with Johnny Cash. “Whenever I play a show, I’ll start with a Johnny Cash cover,” says Casey. “That pretty much turns everyone’s heads. It’s fun to watch.”

Casey’s journey into country music began on his trips to school as a kid when his mom blasted the country sounds of Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Reba McEntire. “I caught on to that whole vibe,” he says. And as soon as he started playing the music he loved, that vibe blossomed and multiplied. He discovered the outlaw country of Willie Nelson and Johnny through a Texas-based relative, and he found that branch of the genre suited the darkness that came through in his voice.

One of Casey’s more memorable early performances was a four-hour time slot at a county fair in 2018. Four hours … Not an easy task for a band just starting. “I handed my guitar player 70 songs to learn over a weekend, and it was no problem!” he laughed. “We handled it all right. Took a couple of breaks. Played a lot of music that day.”

Ghosts Like Me has suffused mystery and great performances. Casey, joined by band members Ryan Tremblay (guitar), Olivia Baxter (fiddle), Ethan Lyons (drums) and Jarod Cournoyer  (bass), explores the shadows of those men dressed in black but also introduces himself as a talent that can hold his own. While they are hung on the sturdy supports of the outlaws, they are well-written, with sweet arrangements and genuinely good honky-tonk-styled performances.

While it’s been hard to turn heads these days as a live performer, Nick has some good memories and brighter hopes. “The last band show we played was at Foxwoods Theater,” he says, “where we closed for RascalFlatts. Wow, the crowd was crazy! Things were taking off. Then, before you know it, we’re stuck in our houses indefinitely.”

Not that the virus has completely slowed Casey and his band down. While they haven’t quite stormed out of the gate as they planned, Nick’s been able to showcase his songs and covers virtually. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing and it certainly staves off that stir-crazy feeling.

“We’ve got some big veterans benefits this winter which is cool,” he says. “I think when the world opens up again, we’re ready to go after it and see what we can do.”

While Rhode Island, the band’s home base, isn’t what you’d call a hotbed of outlaw country music or even roots rock, Casey and the band are ready to show the rest of the country what they can do. “We’ve had a good response from our performances so far, and I feel like all the pieces are in place. We have a product we can promote and songs we can play. I’m ready to play wherever and whenever someone will have us. Once the country opens, we’re all ready to get back to live music. I love Rhode Island as much as anywhere, but this brand of country music—like the music of Cody Jinks and Tyler Childers—plays better in different parts of this country with new audiences that are more accustomed to these kinds of sounds.”

With a new record, a band ready to roll, and an amazing voice ready to preach to new fans, Nick Casey’s future looks bright, once we emerge out from under the restrictions imposed by this virus. I just got bit by the bug,” he says. “You get addicted to performing. You just love the idea of entertaining people and creating a good time for them. I think a lot of folks react to my voice, too. That seems to be a thing, and that makes me happy.”

 

 

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Reggie Young/WCS

Reggie Young/WCS

 

Reggie Young

(1936-2019)

It is one of life’s great blessings to have known, albeit briefly, the wonderful person Reggie Young. You can read about his accomplishments – they were many and significant, particularly to those he helped become stars and chart-toppers – wherever you get your music news. What stood out to me is how humble, considerate and thoughtful he was in person. At a small CD release party for his first CD under his own name, Forever Young, in his home town of Leipers Fork, TN, many of his longtime cohorts and friends paid tribute to a person they respected not just for his unusual musical abilities, but also for the friend they had come to know well and love.

Reggie will be missed by many as one who lived his life as it should be lived, without ego and bluster, with a focused commitment to the musical task at hand and also to respecting and helping those he came to know.

Our condolences go out to Reggie’s family. His warmth and spirit continue to guide us.

Neal Weiss, president

Whaling City Sound

left to right: Tom Evered, Neal Weiss, Jenny Young, Reggie Young
photo credit Ginny Shea, July 18, 2016, Nashville 
Sad to report the passing of legendary session guitarist and Whaling City artist Reggie Young. He was one of the most recorded guitarists in the sixties, seventies and eighties playing on numerous legendary hits by Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and more.

Young was a member of the country supergroup The Highwaymen w/ Kris KristoffersonWillieNelsonJohnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He was also a founding member of the Bill Black Combo. In 1964, The Beatles requested the Combo open for them during their first U.S. tour and invited the group over to England for another month-long tour.

“The story of Reggie Young’s career is, in many ways, a miniature version of the story of Southern soul music.” – AllMusic

A compilation of his famous recordings “Session Guitar Star” is due out next week on Ace Records.

Reggie Young “Session Guitar Star” Ace CDHD1537 will be available in the UK and via importers here on January 25, 2019. Last year the UK based reissue label Ace released a 22 track collection of his finest session work here on Amazon.

He is the guitarist on Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto,” Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” among so many other legendary songs. His name is Reggie Young.

Reggie is now featured on a brand new album by an artist making his debut as a bandleader. That artist is—wait for it—Reggie Young! At 79, after six decades of stellar appearances, backing megastars and superstars alike, and receiving accolades from names like Clapton and George Harrison, Reggie is at last responsible for an album of his own material, the aptly titled Forever Young. 

Recorded primarily at La La Land Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Forever Young features seven instrumental tracks written and produced by Young. They showcase his unique and supremely soulful six-string sound. Not only that, the rest of the performers on the recording include mainstays of the Memphis, Nashville and Muscle Shoals eras of the ’60s and ’70s. Forever Young is excellent news for fans of tasty southern-style country-soul, and good news for Young, who finally gets to emerge from the shadows cast by some of the greatest performers in rock music history to stand on his own, at long last, in the spotlight.

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