Casey Donahew

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Casey Donahew Band
Origin Burleson, Texas, USA
Genres Country music, Texas Country
Years active 2002-present
Labels Almost Country Entertainment
Website Official website
Members Casey Donahew
John Newsome
Donte "Taz" Gates
Steve Stone
Josh Moore
Aaron "A.C." Copeland

Casey Donahew (born April 21, 1977 in Burleson, Texas) is a Texas country music singer in the band Casey Donahew Band. Starting off playing local bars in 2002 they soon became a favorite on the Texas bar circuit eventually working their way to national level in 2009 when one of the bands self-released albums hit the country Top 30 album chart in Billboard magazine. The bands high energy level, throughout extra long live sets, started to attract Texas' younger bar crowd, when Pam Minick, from Texas' famed club Billy Bob's took notice, and she hired the Casey Donahew Band for a headlining spot and the college-age crowd came with. When the band released the album Lost Days in 2005, selling as many on the Internet as they did at shows. With guitarist Brent Wall, bass player Steve Stone, and drummer Taz, the band released their 2006 album simply titled "The Casey Donahew Band" and then in 2008 releasing the rowdy live album, "Live-Raw-Real, in the Ville". With many of the sales coming from digital download services, they broke the Billboard charts with their album "Moving On". Despite the bands growing national reputation, The Casey Donahew Band still keeps true to the Texas County standards. Keeping their marketing on a low key level, with a website, YouTube page, Facebook page and continuing to play the local Texas bar scene." [1]

Early life[edit]

Donahew grew up in Burleson, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, where he was active in the Texas rodeo scene as well as his father's greyhound dog racing career. He started songwriting in high school, but it wasn't until he attended Texas A&M that he started playing guitar for the first time. He later transferred to UT Arlington where he went on to graduate with a finance degree.

Career[edit]

Donahew began writing songs in high school, and credits past relationships as inspiration behind much of his early work, stating:

"Once you get your heart broken for the first time, you've got a lot to say, I guess.[2]"

Eventually, he broke into the world of Texas Country, which was gaining popularity with Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen and Randy Rogers. Casey's approach to songwriting is different from typical country music artists, as he often writes about heartbreak with a unique twist on the subject, as well as his experiences in different locations across the state, most notably the Stockyards of Fort Worth.

Donahew began playing professionally in 2002 by booking mostly bar gigs and building a dedicated fanbase among younger crowds.[3] He gained notoriety online and on airwaves throughout Texas, and reached the Top 30 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the album Moving On, released in 2009.[4]

On October 24, 2011, the Casey Donahew Band released their fourth studio album titled Double-Wide Dream exclusively on iTunes.[5] The album was officially released on CD, available at retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Hastings on October 25, 2011. From this album, their single, "One Star Flag", held the number one spot on Texas Music Chart.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US US Heat US Indie
Lost Days
  • Release date: August 15, 2006
  • Label: self-released
Casey Donahew Band
  • Release date: December 20, 2006
  • Label: self-released
Moving On
  • Release date: September 1, 2009
  • Label: Almost Country Entertainment
28 126 3 19
Double-Wide Dream
  • Release date: October 25, 2011
  • Label: Almost Country Entertainment
10 32 8
StandOff
  • Release date: April 16, 2013
  • Label: Almost Country Entertainment
7 32 7
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Raw - Real in the Ville
  • Release date: March 20, 2008
  • Label: self-released

Singles[edit]

  • "Let Me Love You" (2011)
  • "Double-Wide Dream" (2011)
  • "Whiskey Baby" (2013)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Nowhere Fast" Randall Alexander
2012 "Double-Wide Dream" Evan Kaufmann
"One Star Flag"
2013 "Whiskey Baby"[7]
2014 "Lovin' Out of Control"[8]

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