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Casey Black

Casey Black is a Nashville-born, Columbia-University-educated, gravel-voiced, literary singer-songwriter. He wrote his first song at twelve years old, released his first "record" (a cassette tape of songs recorded in his basement) three years later, and signed with EMI Music Publishing Nashville at nineteen, making him one of the youngest staff songwriters on Music Row.

There he wrote with some of the Row's greatest writers, including his father, Charlie Black, NSAI Hall of Fame songwriter of more than a dozen #1 country hits. He honed his craft for three years on the Row, until something told him he had to get out. And so, in order to "be as poor and lost as other people my age-to make sure I have something true to write about," Casey moved to Los Angeles.

In the next five years he made two records-Vacations, and The Glass is Half-the first of which KCRW deejay Tricia Halloran placed on her top 10 records of 2005; the second having songs placed on ABC's show Greek, and Lifetime's Army Wives. He also cut his live-show teeth, playing some of LA's great singer-songwriter venues, like the House of Blues and Hotel Cafe.

In 2008 Casey moved to New York in order to finish his degree at Columbia University, and after a school-induced music hiatus, he happened upon a show featuring Niall Connolly, the Irish-born figurehead of Brooklyn's Big City Folk scene. Inspired by the sincere approach to songwriting of the scene's players, he threw himself back into music and made his third record, It Shapes Me As It Goes, before touring in New England, the southern US, and Europe.

Drawing a close to a circular decade, Casey recently returned to Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and large dog in the country outside of Nashville. His latest record, Lay You In The Loam-recorded with CatBeach Music in LA and released in June 2013-saw high chart positions on US college radio and received spins on Irish radio. In the same year, Casey met and toured with Irish singer songwriter Mick Flannery. This past May Casey returned to Ireland to play support for Flannery's largely sold-out 'By the Rule' tour, during which the record was number one in Ireland, and to play his first headlining shows.

Casey, who owns more books than he does records, writes a literary lyric in a conversational, storytelling style. He covers the dark side of the psyche and delivers his findings with a deep voice tumbled with gravel.

Says Cause A Scene Music, Nashville: "Casey's songs have teeth to them, with enough grit and heart to keep you coming back to them again and again."

And KCRW Los Angeles' Tricia Halloran: "Casey Black has restored my faith in the lost art of damn fine songwriting."

Casey Black is currently working on his fifth record and will be touring in Germany and Ireland in late 2014.