Watch Out, Jonas Bros!

July 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Music, Reviews

Is he the next rising teen star?

Is he the next rising teen star?

A friend of mine recently sang at the infamous open mic night at BlueBird Cafe in Nashville, TN.  While there, he met many musicians, wanna-bes, producers and agents.  One person that struck a chord was 16-year old Casey Lee Smith who came down from Arizona to sing at the BlueBird.  While my friend claimed Casey was amazing, I was skeptical being that he is 16.

Always looking for the opportunity to review, I paid a visit to Casey’s web site, www.caseyleesmith.com.  The second I clicked on his music, I was touched.  In fact, it’s playing in the background as I blog and four of his songs are already on my ITunes (and I’m a discerning downloader).  Heartfelt lyrics, friendly vocals, and harmonious instruments leave your toes tapping and heart smiling.  Casey’s style is part country, rock, blues all fused into one unique sound.   But don’t let his age fool you – he appeals to teens, adults and everyone in between!  The younger crowd will appreciate his blue-eyed, curly -haired charm and the more mature audience will connect with his spot-on lyrics.

My favorite song is “Losing You,” a song about a broken relationship.  As Casey writes:  “When you’ve screwed up your relationship, there’s nothing to do but point to where the blame belongs. Me.”  “Losing You” is a ballad for anyone who’s felt that regret after a hard-to-get-over break up.  Grading Girl predicts this will be number one on the charts someday soon!!  “Chasin’ Tin Cans” is a fun, raucous, rock song written about, of all things, running barrels.  Any woman, however, will feel empowered singing along to the lyrics “She’s moving like a rocket ship, blood surging through her vains.”  A country “Barracuda” song!  “Never Stood Taller” is a celebratory song about his grandfather being baptized as an adult and proclaims “He never stood taller than when he’s on his knees. He never was stronger than when his head is bowed.”  Very spiritually powerful . . . and what a beautiful subject to write about.  That’s what is amazing about Casey’s songs – the maturity in his lyrics shine through so that we learn something after listening.  His songs help us reflect on our own experiences, misgivings, and triumphs.

According to his site, Casey has been singing and playing instruments at a very early age . . . piano, banjo, guitar are among those he brings to life.  He attends the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics.  It takes dedication, persistence, and discipline to harbor your talent from very young on.   Grading Girl gives Casey Lee Smith an A for remarkable early talent and an undoubtedly bright future.  Sounding this polished at age 16, I dare imagine what he will sound like in a few years.  Casey Lee Smith –  memorize that name.  You’ll be hearing it again.

October 26th update:  Grading Girl just received word that Casey Lee Smith won the Colgate County Showdown.  Now it’s on to Regionals and then Grand Ole Opry, here he comes!   Like I said, “Watch out, Jonas Bros!”

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5 Responses to “Watch Out, Jonas Bros!”
  1. Tammy Smith says:

    Grading Girl, I don’t know what to say. I’m sitting here just bawling my eyes out from your comments. I’m so touched, words leave me in my attempt to thank you.

    Casey is my middle son of 3 children and your comments make me just that more proud of all of them. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

    Proud mommy.

    God Bless You.

    Tammy

    • GradingGirl says:

      It was my sincere pleasure, Tammy. You have a very gifted, talented son (as I’m sure your other sons are as well 🙂 ). It was very easy to write this review and I’m so glad Darryl introduced him to me! I’m positive this won’t be the last review written on Casey, by any means.

  2. henry neuman says:

    Grading Girl,

    Just read your review on Casey, then went to his myspace page. Darryl posted a comment there indication Casey did not play the Bluebird that night, so I am confused. Please enlighten me.

    • GradingGirl says:

      Sure, Henry. You’ll notice I state that Darryl met Casey at the Bluebird but don’t indicate anything about Casey’s performance there. That is because Darryl met Casey in line and Casey received a “raincheck” to return to the Bluebird on a different night of his choice. I understand this is standard procedure at the Bluebird as it is one of the most famous open mic nights (if not THE most). Whoever will be there to see Casey live that night will be very lucky!

  3. Julia Salazar says:

    I agree! Watch out for Casey Lee Smith! He will be at the Colgate Country Showdown next week in Nashville. I am one of his biggest fans! He is an amazing young man and musician! I hope he wins!

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