Interview with Casey Donahew on His New Album “15 years. The Wild Ride” And Texas Food Favorites

Interview with Casey Donahew on His New Album “15 years. The Wild Ride” And Texas Food Favorites

Congrats on the new album that came out October 6th and for 15 years of making music!! Thats a long time, what made you want to become a musician in the first place?

I never set out to become a full time musician, it kind of evolved naturally. I loved music, playing guitar, writing songs, telling stories and I think that is what still drives me today.

You have met and worked with a lot of other musicians during your career. Who made the biggest impact on you and why?

I have met a lot of people that affect me in different ways and a lot of people that I consider to be friends that I have met in the music business like Pat Green and Kevin Fowler. I got the chance to meet Garth Brooks once and spend a few minutes with him and I was really shocked at how genuine he seemed and down to earth he was for being one of the biggest superstars on the planet.

We love that you have really done this album for the fans that have been with you all along the way. How hard was it picking the songs to re-record? Did you ask for fan input?

We did not really dive to far into asking fans for input on the songs we put on the record. I originally started out wanting to do a recording of the “Lost Days” record. I wanted to go back and rerecord our very first album and it got bigger as we got into it further. I knew what fans wanted to hear off of the first couple of records, so I did a bunch of those songs, and then I did some songs that are important to me that got swept under the rug as those other records came out.

How do you stay connected with your fans?

I like to stay connected to the fans as much as I can. Face to face is my favorite way, but social media gives you that chance to stay connected, answer questions, talk to them. I usually use twitter and instagram mainly for that.

Do you have a favorite song on “15 years. The Wild Ride.”

There are a lot that are my favorites. I am glad we finally got to record “3 A.M.” I think it turned out great. That’s a song we have played live for over a decade and a fan favorite. So I think that is something people are going to be excited about.

Now that the album done and about to come out, what can we expect on the back of it? A tour, video, writing for the next album?

We have already been writing stuff for a new album, we have already recorded a couple of singles, and I think we probably have enough music done to go back into the studio. I think that as soon as we get done with the whirlwind of this record coming out we will sit down and have a talk about when to get in the studio and put out a new record.

Is there anything left on your musical bucket list?

I still have the same kind of goals. Get our music out to as many people as possible. There are a few places I would still really like to play. I would love to get on a George Strait tour for sure. I would love to play The Royal Albert Hall in London. I have never played the Gorge either.

Now for the Food!!! What are your top three US cities for food?

Fort Worth, Texas to me is as good as it gets. That’s where I live so I am pretty familiar with where to go eat and the good food. But otherwise Las Vegas, New York City, and Chicago.

Drink of choice at a bar?

Vodka and ginger ale with lime or a simple beer

And, related: go-to hangover cure?

Mexican food and Pedialyte

Favorite food to cook with that comes in a can?

Campbell’s Tomato Soup

One junk food you know you could never give up?

Anything chocolate. I am a dessert guy, I love brownies and cupcakes.

They say Texas does food bigger and better than anywhere else, what was your favorite meal growing up?

Enchiladas with just rice and beans has always been my favorite since I was a youngster and is still hard for me to pass up.

Texans take their food seriously, especially when it comes to chicken fried steak—the blue plate of choice—are you a fan and what’s the secret behind a great chicken fried steak?

The secret behind great chicken fried steak is using quality steak. There are some places that will try to save and not use steak that’s up to par. I like a thick piece of steak. I don’t want a chicken fried steak that’s all batter.

You can’t forget the Texas Barbecue. What sets apart great barbecue from just okay barbecue?

The sauce. I am a big believer in good bbq sauce. I love ribs that are tender, juicy, and fall off the bone.

What’s the best thing to eat that’s deep fried?

I am not a huge deep fried kind of guy, but I did try some deep fried chicken noodle soup at the Texas State Fair and it was fantastic.

Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?

A beer with Elvis



Over the last 15 years, Casey Donahew has risen from being a favorite on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act who has racked up 14 No. 1 singles and consistently sells out venues across the country. Donahew has released four independent albums to critical and commercial acclaim. His 2011 release, DOUBLE WIDE DREAM, spawned three No. 1 singles: the title track, “Double Wide Dream,” “Let’s Not Say Goodbye Again,” and “One Star Flag.” Casey’s last CD, STANDOFF, quickly topped the iTunes Country Chart at No. 1, upon its release, and yielded five No. 1 radio singles “Whiskey Baby,” “Small Town Love,” “Lovin’ Out of Control,” which is Donahew’s fastest rising single to date, “Not Ready To Say Goodnight, and “Loser.” His first single “Feels This Right,” from his EP release PRE-PARTY also hit the #1 as a Texas radio hit. Donahew released his most recent studio album ALL NIGHT PARTY on August 19, 2016 and it immediately rocketed to 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. The hot project also took the No. 2 spot on the Internet Albums Chart and landed at Np. 3 on the Independent Albums Chart. Donahew’s single “Kiss Me,” from ALL NIGHT PARTY, finished 2016 in the #1 position on the Texas charts. Donahew is set to release a 15th Anniversary record on October 6th as a gift for the fans who come to his shows night after night and sing all of those lyrics back to him.

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