Press Quotes on Randy Casey
A well-worn sideman for the likes of Shannon Curfman, Peter Himmelman and (for one unrehearsed gig only) Paul Westerberg, Randy Casey steps up to the mike on a rollicking new CD, “Late Bloomer.” As the title suggests, the disc is full of fun, middle-aged-rocker and/or middle-aged-romancer anthems reminiscent of early Wilco, including “All I Ever Wanted” and “The Denial Song.” (Chris Reimenschneider/ Minneaolis Star Tribune)
“In a car, or, better yet, a Greyhound, Say No More does for passing scenery what Ry Cooder did for Paris, Texas.” (Bill Snyder/No Depression)
“Randy Casey introduces his new one, “Late Bloomer,” on Saturday at the Varsity. It’s an instantly likable slice of rabble-rousing Americana that’s part early Wilco (but much more fun) and part Rolling Stones (back when they were pals with Gram Parsons)”. Ross Raihala/ St.Paul Pioneer Press.
“The intricate, heart-felt country-blues pickin’ and genuine musical camaraderie embedded in “Late Bloomer” makes it one of those rare ‘white boy blues’ albums that actually WORKS — from the music to the mixing to the mind-blowing, unforgettable lyrics.” (Tom Hallet/Reveille Magazine)
“With Casey playing mandolin, harmonica, National steel, lap steel and other guitars, Say No More suggests a slide-happy, Southern-fried Leo Kottke gone ambient.” (Jon Bream/Star Tribune).
“Hypnotic, mood-altering and wholly original, Say No More plays like a vintage Leo Kottke record as channeled through a Martian jug-band, and its reliance on sounds rather than words is a welcome hymn to the silence in this era of over-communication.” (Jim Walsh/ St. Paul Pioneer Press)
“Casey has described the sound of his new album, “Late Bloomer” as something like “Andy Griffith jamming with the Stones.” Versatility, crackerjack playing, and top notch song-writing are all over this bluesy country-rock album.” (David DeYoung/ How Was The Show)
For those hillbillies out there who want to dig a little deeper into music and who aren’t afraid of a record that mixes country music with triphop and ambient, Randy Casey’s ‘Say No More’ seems to be an excellent choice. Casey’s music walks the line that stretches between different styles, influences, and all kinds of genres. All of this has been carefully brought together with some incredible playing on six- and twelve-string National steel guitars. ‘Say No More’ is an ambitious work of art. (KindaMusik/ Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
On “Late Bloomer”, Randy Casey has a laconic style to his country Blues picking that puts you in mind of Ry Cooder and JJ Cale in places, but when he straps on his mandolin, National steel, lap steel, twelve string, you name it he’s playing it guitar, then he’s very much his own man. He has a pleasant, easy on the ear voice and a splendid way with words, which makes the likes of ‘The Denial Song’, ‘Thinking Hollywood’ and ‘Lovely Bride’ a sheer delight. (Zeitgest/UK)