Band/Artist: Casey Hurt
Album: Half as much as Love
Genera: Alternative Rock, Singer-Songwriter
NOT BAD/GOOD/REALLY GOOD/AMAZING
Casey Hurt is a fascinating artist from Hollywood California who has been making quite a name for himself both regionally and internationally. He has received critical acclaim for his amazing songwriting and is clearly doing all the right things as an up and coming artist. Citing his bio: Casey Lee Hurt is the only son to a rebellious, God fearing ex-preacher. A bit about Casey: At an early age he was handed a pawn shop guitar and an old hymnal and they haven’t left his side since. He’s black coffee honest from the history in his voice to the heart on his sleeve and his music reflects that. Artists like Van Morrison, Ryan Adams and Ray Lamontagne resonate in his soul and have uniquely shaped the sound and story that is Casey Hurt. Casey spent most of 2010/2011 either on the road touring or in the recording studio. His last album “Mended Souls” debuted in the top 25 on the iTunes singer songwriter charts. Also, Casey’s song “Come To Me” was featured on the CW’s “One Tree Hill” alongside of artists like Ray Lamontagne, The Black Keys and The Carey Brothers. Casey has also had music featured on shows like Bar Karma and Current TV. While on tour last year, Casey created quite the buzz for himself. He played a sold out show at the legendary Hotel Cafe’ with Tyrone Wells. He also sold out shows in Santa Monica and Santa Cruz California as well a Corvallis and Portland, Oregon. His music has also been featured on radio stations up and down the west coast like Seattle’s KEXP and Los Angeles’s KCRW. Hurt calls his music Pawn Shop Gospel and I like the moniker. This latest CD “Half as Much as Love” has everything the title implies and the result is an elegiac artistic statement from start to finish. This is not your overly predictable singer/songwriter, in-fact Hurt could be classed as a 4 genre artist: Alternative Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter and even Americana. Hurt has way too much precision and clarity to live in the shadows of Radio Pop. Indeed this is clearly evident in songs like “Mary Mary”, “Two Masters” and “Trouble,” which methodically up the ante to a very respectable level of catchy musical expression and craftsmanship that transcends typical pigeonholing. The music is also extremely commercially viable with a fresh earthy yet entertaining vibe that will make a real connection with listeners. Hurt coves a lot of ground and delivers a little something for Pop fans and a little something for Folk/Americana fans as well. He ever sails into Jam Band, Alternative Rock territory and even brief splashes of Saloon Jazz. Hurt will remind you of Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Dave Matthews Band and Joe Purdy. The 10 song line-up comes emotionally charged and appeals to many different listeners and fans with a wide variety of musical styles to choose from.
Favorite Pieces: Mary Mary, Two Masters, Trouble.
I would imagine in time we will hear more from this amazing artist in the near future. I would not be surprised to hear his music featured in a major Motion Picture, Prime Time Radio or even in a popular TV Series one day. But for now I can honestly say this is one artist that clearly gives you a musical snapshot that is highly original, uplifting and dare I say brilliant in scope.
Written by Michael Rand edited by Heather Savage
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