Do you ever feel like you’ve been missing out on a great party?
You might know what I’m talking about. You realize one day that your friends have been hanging out for a long time doing cool things like listening to great music, drinking a few beers, and maybe watching some football. You realize that you’ve been missing out on everything and feel like an idiot for having know idea what was going on.
That’s how I feel today after just realizing that I’ve been missing out on the Casey Donahew Band for so long.
I had a chance to review the band’s latest album, Double-Wide Dream, recently. It was my first introduction to the band and I have to say I had that feeling of wondering where I’ve been for the last couple years. After looking back on the history of the Casey Donahew Band I realized that they’ve been building a huge fanbase down in Texas for years. The guys have been on the country album charts before and is still on their way to the mainstream country world.
There has been something big going on down in the Texas Country world and it looks like that something is the Casey Donahew Band. And the guys are ready for the big time.
Here are my thoughts on their most recent album release, Double-Wide Dream.
Casey Donahew Band – Double-Wide Dream Album Review
The title track of this album is pretty descriptive. When I think of country music and trailers I think of Sammy Kershaw and the queen of his double-wide trailer. Now I’ll have to include the memories of the great songs on this set as well. Casey Donahew and his band have put together 10 great tracks including the first song on the album that has become one of my most recent favorite songs. i can’t stop playing it. Check out my reviews of each of the songs on Double-Wide Dream.
1. Let You Go
The album gets off to the best start possible or a new album. The best song on the entire set is Let You Go. It’s a rollicking song about a guy that was in love with this girl. He’s kind of a roughneck with a streak of letting things go in his life. He let his woman go and now he’s doing anything he can to win her back. The chorus on this track is killer. I’ve been playing this song on repeat for the last few days. It’s incredibly catchy and needs to be on country radio…now.
2. Double-Wide Dream
Now we move onto the title track. Since this was my first introduction to the band I have to say I’m getting a pretty good idea of what they’re all about. They sing about the life and times of country boys from Texas. They live hard by working all week and having some fun on the weekends. They have their trouble with women, but in the end they’re all just trying to live out their own dreams. That’s about the best thing any of us can hope for – to live a good life in our own double-wide dream.
3. Give You A Ring
The first two tracks were on the fast side of things and really got your blood flowing. It felt like you were kicking off the set of a great live show. Now with Give You A Ring Casey and the band slow things down and get serious. When there is love you feel like the strongest man on the planet. You feel like you’ve found the one you want to be with the rest of your life. It’s a great feeling. This band knows how to nail the feeling of a young guy that’s just figuring out life. The guys can rock and they can tone things back for the softer side of country. I have to go back and rediscover their previous albums.
4. Running Through My Head
The speed picks back up for Running Through My Head. Casey mentioned in a few of his bios that he was inspired by the country songs of the ’80s and the ’90s. Those tracks were amazing and it’s easy to hear the influence in these songs. With this one you can hear the country sounds of the ’90s. This could have been a big hit back then and I think it should be now as well. It’s a simple song about a girl that you can’t get off your mind. It’s simple, but uptempo and catchy. There aren’t enough of these kinds of songs on the radio in 2011.
Here’s another example of the unique sound these guys have. You can definitely tell they’re from the Texas Country vein. Pat Green lives in their music a bit, but the Casey Donahew Band is all their own as well. This track is about having a few regrets in life with the biggest of those regrets being the one girl we have all probably let walk away. I know at least a few of us have let them get away from us and there is nothing we can do.
6. One Star Flag
I’m not sure where this song was inspired. It’s fast. It rips through the lyrics about a guy that’s living the fast life. I’m not sure where it came from…maybe the ’70s or maybe from the bluegrass roots of country music. It’s a great track and a great change of pace from CDB. I’m sure this one is rocking in the live show. I really need to get to see these guys live in concert.
7. I’d Give Anything
It’s hard to find an album these days where there are no songs you skip over. When Casey slows down the record for a few ballads you pay attention no matter what mood you’re in. There is just this special thing about these songs that changes your mood as you listen. Here we have the case of a guy losing his woman again and he’s wishing there was something he could do to change the coming situation. It’s a great song.
8. Let’s Not Say Goodbye Again
It’s hard not to see most of these songs on the record becoming singles. I’d have to pick this one for a single for sure. The melody is great. The story of a guy and a girl that keep fighting is universal. We all have fights and we all say things are over from time to time. Eventually we realize we’re just being a little silly. We belong together and there is no reason to fight it anymore.
9. Could Be My Time
Here’s a track for some slow dancing. I’m not sure if it’s the strongest cut on the record, but it’s still a good song. It’s got great imagery and there is just something about all of the lyrics on this record that hit home for a country guy that’s post-college and really trying to figure out life. We all stumble at some point in life and music like this lets us know we’re not alone.
10. White Trash Story – II (The Deuce)
Here is the wild card on the record. There is nothing to say really except that you have to hear this track live. I know that seeing the Casey Donahew Band is now something I know I have to do before I die and the sooner the better. These guys rock and they should be on country radio.
Do you hear that mainstream radio?
Play these guys.
They have nearly 200,000 fans on Facebook.
How did I know about them?