Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandCountryAmericana

Goin' to Fist City never hurt so good when Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers take the stage for a one-two with you! Her cleverly twanging originals, killer country vocals, and sparkin' take on shook-up and smoothly-poured classic country music gets you in the mood for love, whiskey, and trouble.

Biography

Dubbed "Austin's Honky Tonk Queen" by legendary music producer Kim Fowley, Caroline Casey has been renowned in international roots music circles for the past ten years.

As one half of the stalwart female rockabilly close-harmony duo, The Casey Sisters, she has released two full length LPs on Sweden’s Tail Records, and has appeared on several U.S. and European compilations as well. Rockabilly and country music enthusiasts worldwide praised the power, energy, and raw talent of the Casey Sisters as both singers and songwriters. Between 2000 and 2004, the Casey Sisters toured Europe and the U.S, and performed at nearly a dozen roots music festivals on both continents.

In 2003, Caroline Casey and the Stringslingers was born, which focuses on strong songwriting and a vocal style that is firmly rooted in Texas-style Americana, with emphasis on country music from the 1960s.

Drawing on influences such as Wynn Stewart, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Paycheck, Caroline Casey has demonstrated a thorough mastery of the genre that presents an humorous, yet soulful approach; an homage to music from a simpler time.

In 2007 Caroline traveled to Spain to record her newest release, "This Broken Crown," which is heralded as a transcontinental country music delight by radio personalities and various publications in Austin and beyond. Using some of the foremost musicians from Spain, the U.K., Nashville, and her hometown of Austin, Texas, “This Broken Crown” is newly released on Spain's El Toro Records, and is available worldwide.

Legendary music producer Kim Fowley highly recommends this album, heralding Caroline Casey as a talented songwriter with a long future in music.

"This Broken Crown" delves deeply into country music of the late 1950s to the late 1960s. 12 tracks create an irresistible blend of mostly original high-steppers, barstool tear-stirrers, and classic Texas two-steppers.

Several Texas talents have also made their mark on the album, including award-winning songwriter and ‘rockabilly legend’ Al Urban, who penned a previously unreleased waltz (“Used Wedding Rings”) back in 1965. This song can be heard for the first time on "This Broken Crown," much to the enjoyment of Al Urban fans everywhere. Al Urban has been writing songs since the mid 1940s, and wrote several hits for popular 1960s country singer Charley Pride.

Also featured on "This Broken Crown" is country music sensation Brennen Leigh, who duets with Caroline on the title track and shows her stellar mandolin skills on "Daddy's Girl", and acclaimed singer-songwriter Stephen Lee Canner, who contributed “Caffeine, Nicotine.”

Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers recently conducted a live performance and interview on Austin NPR affiliate KUT 90.5, as a guest on the "Folkways" show with host Kevin Connors. Caroline's music was also recently featured by host Laurie Gallardo on KUT 90.5's "Radio Without Borders!"

Just copy and paste the following address to listen: http://kut.org/items/show/12329

In addition to her performing career, Caroline Casey is interviewed in the Grammy-nominated PBS documentary “Welcome To the Club: Women of Rockabilly Music”, and has published numerous articles for several national magazines about some the greatest untold stories of mid-century American music.

Caroline has just returned from what proved to be a triumphant performance at France's premier country music festival. Currently she is booking shows, conducting interviews for publications and is featured on the radio following the release of "This Broken Crown." In her spare time, she's also working on a book about extinct Texas juke joints.

Lyrics

Threshold of Heartache

Written By: Caroline Casey (C. Gnagy)

Well something in this heart of mine
I cannot tell a lie
Wishes you were here with me Although I said goodbye
And even though that I'm the one Who shut our lovers' door
I keep openin' and hopin' you'll be standing there once more

CHORUS
On the threshold of heartache and pain
How much longer can these locks remain
On my heart with you on my brain? On the threshold of heartache and pain

Well, people talk, and now they say
I've found another love
They also say I broke your heart, What are they thinking of?
For just as sure as I broke yours, Well, mine's been splittin' too
We both stand here, two lonely fools
Both shiverin' and blue

CHORUS
On the threshold of heartache and pain
How much longer can these locks remain
On my heart with you on my brain? On the threshold of heartache and pain.

This Broken Crown

Written By: Caroline Gnagy

I stood tall and looked down
At my feet firm on the ground
And I knew I'd never fall, never fall again

Then you came along
With your sweet country song
And I knew I'd never be the same again

You made me your queen in a world I'd never seen
It's a world that I'll never see again
For now here I stand, this broken crown in hand
And I know I'll never love, never love again.

Blazin' A Champagne Trail

Written By: Caroline Gnagy

I'm the toast of the town, I can do no wrong
I'm a mover, I'm a shaker
And I get them little dogies along
I'm a movie star cowgirl
And let me tell you, I do it well
But what I'm best at in this world
Is blazin' a champagne trail.

With just a little spritz here, a little twist there, I'm shakin' my way into glory
Add a spritz and a cup, take a sip and yup, I'm sure you know the rest of the story
Can't no one douse this fire in me, they all tell me I'm goin' to hell
Well then, fill me up 'cause I'm goin' down drinkin' and blazin' a champagne trail.

There's a place down the road and they'll serve me all night
And I'm a-thinkin' of a-runnin' for the mayor of scotch on ice
'Cause my race with the devil was won a long time ago
With booze and blues, broken pool cues and hometiown Romeos.

With just a little spritz here, a little twist there, I'm shakin' my way into glory
Add a spritz and a cup, take a sip and yup, I'm sure you know the rest of the story
Can't no one douse this fire in me, they all tell me I'm goin' to hell
Well then, fill me up 'cause I'm goin' down drinkin' and blazin' a champagne trail.

That Kiss Is There

Written By: Caroline Casey

Where can that rascal be, he hides so cleverly
Behind a word or sparkle in your eye
And sly though he may, he can't stand up to me
And he'll be my little captive by and by

That kiss is there somewhere
And I'm gonna find it, dear
That kiss is there somewhere
It's in your smile
And when I find that kiss, I'm gonna make him pay for all the kissin' I've been missin' all the while.

Ain't he a stubborn one, never one to let on
That he's just beggin' me to set him free
Behind your lips he lies, he's got me paralyzed, but I can have that bugger tauntin' me

That kiss is there somewhere
And I'm gonna find it, dear
That kiss is there somewhere
It's in your smile
And when I find that kiss, I'm gonna make him pay for all the kissin' I've been missin' all the while.

The Dark of Night

Written By: Caroline Gnagy

The dark of night, the dark of night, The dark of night, ooooh
The dark of night, praise the lord that there's no light
Oh dark of night, oh please take me home. (CHORUS)

Well I can live and I can breathe, and I can smile in the sun
But for me, darkness is my precious one
Something happens in the night, sharpening my sight
When it falls I'm a woman falling in love.

(CHORUS)

That melancholy gray tear underneath my lids
It cries, it cries for its somber friend
And when the sun goes down, tear's happy as a clown
Bittersweetness coming to an end

(CHORUS)

Well, the dark is the cover under which I play
The dark of night is the bed on which I lay
And though I wake every morning
With the dawning sun's soft ray
The dark of night is gonna carry me away

(CHORUS)

It's Later Now

Written By: Caroline Gnagy

Got them sittin' round blues
Waiting for the news
And I'm hoping that the news won't make me cry
Got them living room lights low
Nowhere else to go
And I'm trying to recall our last goodbye

Did I kiss you, and tell you that I love you?
Did I laugh and rifle fingers through your hair?
Did I smile at you and say I'll see you later?
'Cause it's later now, you're gone, and it's not fair. (CHORUS)

Your best friend, he told me
He's headed west, you see
Radio on, singing to a song
But how am I to know
If it's just his time to go?
And I'm sorry that you're sitting there alone.

But did you kiss him, and tell you that you love him?
Did you laugh and rifle fingers through his hair?
Did you smile at him and say I'll see you later?
'Cause it's later now, he's gone, and it's not fair. (CHORUS)

Got them weepin' widow blues
'Cause I watched the news
Heard the sirens, saw the lights from here
Gotta turn off that ol' TV
Staring, disbelieving
But I remember how it used to be

When I'd kiss you, and tell you that I loved you
When I'd laugh and run my fingers through your hair
When I'd smile at you and say, I'll see you later, darlin'
'Cause it's later now, you're gone, and I'm still here.

Yes it's later now, you're gone, and I'm still here.

Daddy's Girl

Written By: Caroline Gnagy

She's a playgirl and gay girl
Who always has to win
She's a devil and a sweetheart
Who chose a life of sin
In the barroom lights she glitters bright
But she's thinkin' just of him
Daddy's girl is coming home again

To that quiet beck and call
Oh, how his words still fall
Give her strength to carry on
Like life's no trouble at all
And she hears the guitar playin'
And it's a song she knew back when
Oh, Daddy's girl is coming home again

She's got lots of fading memories
Of a life long past
But when a tear creeps out her eye
It gets wiped away real fast
Them barroom lights can't hide the fact she's lonely for a friend
Oh, daddy's girl is coming home again.

To that quiet beck and call
Oh, how his words still fall
Give her strength to carry on
Like life's no trouble at all
And she hears the guitar playin'
And it's a song she knew back when
Oh, Daddy's girl is coming home again

Oh, Daddy's girl is coming home again

Oh, Daddy's girl is coming home again

Discography

Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers--"This Broken Crown"
El Toro Records, 2008 (full-length CD)

Casey Sisters--"Who's Crying Now?"
Tail Records, 2000 (full-length, LP & CD)

Casey Sisters--"Crazy Spree"
Tail Records, 2002 (full-length CD)

Casey Sisters--"Crimson & Clover: A Tribute to Tommy James & the Shondells"--V/A,
Wildebeest Records, 2004

Casey Sisters ("Grizzly Bear Stomp")--Bärenstark/ Bear Essentials 25th Anniversary Collection--V/A,
Bear Family Records, 2000

Set List

Caroline Casey's set lists are often organized as 45-60 minute sets. Her mostly original repertoire generally consists of classic (yet original) 1960s country music. Her style relies heavily on a meticulous and full-bodied vocal style, yet she is capable of doing up to a four-hour set with appropriate 15-minute breaks.

A sample 45-60 minute set would look similar to the following:

Same Old Me (Ray Price)
That Kiss Is There (orig.)
Blazin' a Champagne Trail (orig.)
Demon Lover (Bob & Lucille)
Texas Boogie (Gene O'Quinn, Dale Watson)
Six Empty Bottles (orig.)
It's Later Now (orig.)
Used Wedding Rings (Al Urban, songwriter for Charley Pride-- prev. unreleased)
Threshold of Heartache (orig.)
Broken Crown (orig.)
Daddy's Girl (orig.)
Don't Start Countin' On Me (Johnny Paycheck)
Empty Mansions (Maddox Bros. & Rose)
Wasted Life (Helen Hall)
The Dark of Night (original)
Little Pink Mack (Kay Adams)
Caffeine, Nicotine (Stephen Lee Canner, prev. unreleased)
I'll Find So