The free spirit feeling that Casey Ahern embodies is taken on the road in her latest release. With its upbeat tempo and infectious rhythm, ‘Sunday Driver’ narrates Casey’s road trips with her dad, when she was younger.
Opening on a stylish country-pop flavoured melody, ‘Sunday Driver’ rides a contagious rhythm made up of a fat bassline and crisp percussion. The rolling undulation of the music imbues the tune with a velvety flow, as Casey’s delicious tones infuse the lyrics with vibrant timbres. There’s a wide-open warm and breezy feel to the track.
A vibrant free spirit who approaches every opportunity and challenge that comes her way fearlessly, Casey Ahern’s life is by design one of perpetual forward motion. Still only 21, the Nashville based singer songwriter chose, ‘Where I Run’ as the title of her latest EP, not simply because the theme of quick, energizing movement inhabits most of the five tracks, but to reflect the exciting reality that, in her own words, “I’m a runner.”
Casey returned to her old stomping grounds in Nashville to record at Sound Emporium Studios with a powerhouse ensemble of veteran Music City musicians – guitarists Tim Galloway (Josh Turner, Luke Bryan) and Kris Donegan (Brett Eldredge, Shania Twain), bassist Lee Hendricks (Eric Church), keyboardist David Dorn (Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini), drummer Matt King (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne) and two time Grammy nominated violinist Eamon McLoughlin (Rodney Crowell, The Band Perry). Where I Run was produced by the veteran production team of Nathan Meckel and Mark Niemiec, collectively known as The Buzz Brothers.
“This was my first time recording in Nashville, and it was an exciting, inspiring experience,” Casey says. “We’re staying in the mainstream country vein while incorporating influences from other genres I love, including pop and folk and blues on the song ‘Heartbreak Radio.’ Nathan and Mark have incredible instincts and ears and immediately knew what they were listening for and what they wanted to hear from me. Before the sessions, I sent them work tapes with just acoustic guitar and vocals, with the chords, lyrics and melody there in raw form. They crafted the songs into tracks beyond anything I could have imagined.”
“As the title of ‘Where I Run’ hints at, I am definitely constantly on the go, pursuing my dream and all the musical and other adventures that come my way,” Casey says. “Yet I am also very grounded in the sense that I have a strong sense of who I am as a person and artist, have a strong moral compass and am in tune with what I want to achieve in life and music. I strongly believe that life is what you make it, and where there’s determination, great things can happen. I am a spontaneous person by nature and love change, so embracing the unknown and seeing where the journey takes me from here is really exciting.”
At 17, the fast-emerging indie singer-songwriter moved on a whim to study for a semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She headed back to California for a few months, then hightailed it for a four month stay in Nashville, where she played open mics at the Bluebird Café and Douglas Corner Café as well as co-wrote songs with various Music City musicians. Casey’s multitude of Instagram followers also look forward to her adventures in the sky and the sense of freedom and escape that entails. In early 2019, she earned her pilot’s license and is now a private pilot engaged in instrument training.
Casey, who has been performing consistently with her band since she was 16, defines herself as a contemporary country artist. Yet her stylistically varied songs and intimate yet quirky vocal style tap into an inviting throwback vibe that incorporates sparkling touches of the early 70s Laurel Canyon style – a little Joni Mitchell, a twist of Jackson Browne and the classic Cali country vibe of the Eagles. Where I Run’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to Casey’s 2018 EP, ‘He Was Summer’, whose track ‘Indio’ has over 136,000 streams on Spotify; the title track has over 50,000. The new EP’s lead single, ‘Just A Dance’, was released in September 2019. ‘”Sunday Driver’, the next single off ‘Where I Run’ is out now, and you can watch the official video below: