Casey performs an eclectic mix of high-energy folk and various other musics. His songs range from the personal-sensitive-guy-process ballad, to earthy songs about home and politics, to the more enigmatic, existential fare. He combines intricate, rhythmic guitar playing with a flexible voice. Raised in Ohio, he learned to sing and to play guitar by memorizing Indigo Girls song books. A strange mix of embarrassing influences, years of a cappella group performance, subsequent travel, and study of the sitar with Ustad Imrat Khan in Calcutta all seasoned his musical world with eclectic flavor. Currently based in Bellingham, Washington, he has recently recorded, mixed, and released the album Blind Lover, a crazy layered extravaganza of bedroom-studio magic. Previously he released Close Whisper, a fully-instrumentalized selection of original songs, and Chasing our Tail, a collection of live recordings from the Pacific Northwest. He earned an Honorable Mention in the 2004 Telluride Troubadore contest. His music has been played on the national radio program Democracy Now! And appears on various compilation CDs. Currently you can bet he is working on show dates and getting the albums out into the cruel world. Casey has played openers/shows at: Mississippi Pizza - Portland OR, The Voodoo Lounge - Astoria OR, The Hopvine Pub - Seattle WA, Tractor Tavern - Seattle, The Matrix Coffeehouse - Chehalis WA, The Upstage Restuarant - Port Townsend WA, Temple Bar - Santa Monica CA, The Islamabad Club - Islamabad, Pakistan, Pine Mountain Music Festival - Atascadero CA, Willamette Valley Folk Festival - Eugene OR, Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle WA, Whole Earth Festival - Davis CA, and numerous li'l coffee houses on the west coast. Radio airplay/in-studio: KMUD - Garberville CA, KHSU - Arcata CA, KHUM - Ferndale CA, KUGS - Bellingham WA, KLCC - Eugene OR, KMUN - Astoria OR, KZYX - Ukiah CA, KPIG - Freedom CA, KDVS - Davis CA, KRCL - Salt Lake City UT, KZSC - Santa Cruz CA, KZMU - Moab UT, Democracy Now! Honorable Mention, 2004 Telluride Troubadore contest 'Casey Connor is a talented young songsmith/multi-instrumentalist who has the ability to create a unique mood and rhythm for his listeners. Every time I hear him play, be it a new original song or one of the many instruments that he is well versed in, I always walk away more impressed by his genuine sound. Casey has some fine recordings out there and a strong live performance that he uses to connect with the audience and brings them into his world full of wonder.' - Cornelius, host of KDVS show Cool as Folk, Davis, CA 'Casey's warm personality, beautiful voice and lyrics were delightful and made for a great radio interview! I would love to have him back.' - Heidie Johnson, KMUN, Astoria, OR 'Casey's smart songwriting and considerable guitar handiwork is not to be missed. KHUM has been playing his latest CD regularly for months. The lyrical depth and intricate melodies improve with each listen. Each time I hear it, something new jumps out of the mix. Casey's definitely somebody to keep your eye on.' - Mike Dronkers, KHUM, Ferndale, CA.
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