Casey Hurt is a complicated man singing songs from a simpler time. His melodies reveal the emotions that most of us keep hidden, and that other songwriters might shy away from. He’s black coffee honest from the history in his voice to the heart on his sleeve. His music has been shaped by artists like Van Morrison, Tracy Chapman, Al Green and Jackson Browne. We recently had the chance to chat with Casey about his start in music, his favorite gig, and where you can see him next.
When/How did you first start playing music?
I’ve always been surrounded by music but I first really started taking it seriously when I was about 13. Like most 13 year olds I was looking for a way to express myself and vent out a little bit of frustration. I also looked up to my father and great grandfather who are amazing musicians and I wanted a little bit of what they had. My great grandfather played music on the radio during the great depression. I used to hear all kinds of stories about how a simple song at the right time could change a person’s life. All of those stories ignited a flame inside me for music and I haven’t been able to put it out since.
What’s the best gig you ever played?
I preformed at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City Utah opening for Alex Boye. I think there were about 5000 people there. I also preformed at a three-day conference in Portland for about 3000 people.
How has social media effected the way you market/promote your music?
It’s been huge. It allows people to fall in love and spread the word about music so quickly and seamlessly. It also gives me the chance to interact with fans and make some real connections with music lovers from all over the world. I don’t know where I’d be without it.
What’s your prediction for the next big advancement in how we find/listen to/share music?
Wow, that’s a hard one. I’m sure there is something big on the horizon but nothing will ever beat good old word of mouth. A great music recommendation from a friend is priceless.
What’s your next big gig coming up? When/Where?
I’m actually going to be touring most of the summer. I’m leaving for a weeklong writing session in Ashland, Oregon on May 27th. I’ll be back home in LA for a few weeks and then I’ll leave again with Socks and Chimes and The Brian Buckley Band for a west coast tour. It’s going be a really full summer and fall. Hoping to make it out to the east coast in early fall for a tour back that way as well.