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Donahew album features fan favorites

Odessa American oanews@oaoa.com | Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 3:00 am

A Saturday concert in Midland will feature two country stars – Casey Donahew and the Randy Rogers Band.

Donahew has risen from a favorite on the local Texas music scene, racking up 18 No. 1 singles, to a nationally hot touring act who consistently sells out venues all across the country during the last 15 years.

Donahew has more than 70 million on-demand digital music streams through Spotify and Apple and more than 268 million streams on Pandora, his press materials detailed.

He has more than half a million followers on his social platforms and has released eight independent albums to critical and commercial acclaim.

Donahew’s “Standoff,” quickly topped the iTunes Country Chart at No. 1, upon its release, and his follow-up album “All Night Party” in 2016 hit No. 3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, No. 13 on the Top Album Sales Chart and Top Current Album Sales Chart and No. 40 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

His most recent project, a 15th anniversary record titled, “15 Years, The Wild Ride,” is a collection of Donahew’s most popular songs.

Donahew is well reviewed around the country.

“Considering buying a ticket for a Casey Donahew Band show? Strap yourself into your boots. For an act that doesn’t have the production that master showman Garth Brooks had, the Texas six-piece manages to whip their audience into a frenzy that parallels any that greeted Garth in his heyday,” reviewed Country Weekly Magazine.

Via his website, Donahew, who is a Burleson native, talked about his love for the live show and his career.

“Hopefully I’ve grown as a songwriter over the past few years, but I don’t try to get too carried away with it, I don’t want to try to be too serious about everything,” he said on his website.

He grew up on a farm the first few years of his life and quickly grew to love riding and team roping, a sport he still enjoys today. His grandfather, who loved to play and sing, gave him his first guitar growing up, but it wasn’t until college at Texas A&M that he first began to teach himself to play and really focused on writing songs. A big fan of 80s and 90s country, he had always admired the storytelling in the songs of that period, and when a wild-eyed Oklahoma boy named Garth Brooks began swinging from the rafters and employing all sorts of crazy, rock show antics during his concerts, Casey was immediately hooked.

“I’ve just always liked the country songs from the 80’s,” he said. “It seems like a time when there was a lot of great songwriting going on, and I just enjoy people who can tell a story with a song. And I’ve always been a big Garth Brooks fan, since the beginning. First there was George Strait, and then here came this guy from Oklahoma, Garth Brooks. And you’d see George standing there playing guitar, but then Garth comes along running all over the stage, playing guitar and singing all these songs that he wrote. And the thing I was always most enamored with about Garth was that he wrote most of those songs. He was just one of those guys who did it all. And he started in Stillwater, not too far from the Red Dirt scene. You could really take a lot of Garth Brooks songs and put ‘em on a record of mine, and I think it would fit right in.”