Casey co-penned the tune with pro country songsmiths Brice Young (Gary Allan, Randy Houser, Randy Travis, Josh Turner) and Terry McBride (Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Josh Gracin)...but it sounds like he collaborated with Bob Seger, Steve Miller, and the bearded dudes from ZZ Top. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Quite the contrary. It just has a very old-school, old-soul feel to it, which will likely appeal to fans of classic AOR rock, even if Casey's trademark blistering guitar is disappointingly buried in the mix here.
With a Sony Nashville contract and a recent tour with Sugarland, Casey is clearly also trying to court a country audience. Honestly, I don't know if "Let's Don't Call It A Night" will be accepted at pop-crossover modern country radio. But considering that this year "Idol" fans mass-voted for Scotty McCreery, a country singer with vintage country influences, and that Casey's Season 9 castmate Crystal Bowersox has been embraced by the country music community, the single might stand a good chance. It actually sounds more country than what usually passes for "country" nowadays.
What do you think of Casey's new song? I actually prefer it live, when Casey is in his element: the lights turned down low (no, that's not a McCreery pun), the guitars cranked up, and the beer and good vibes flowing. Check out Casey's performance of the tune at L.A.'s rock joint the Mint this week to see what I mean:
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