Casey Donahew Band perform songs about real life

The Casey Donahew Band play the Budweiser events Center in Loveland  on Sept. 19. (Courtesy photo)
The Casey Donahew Band play the Budweiser events Center in Loveland on Sept. 19. (Courtesy photo)

By Jessica Benes

If you want to know whether you should attend a Casey Donahew Band concert, simply ask Casey Donahew.

“Other than the fact we’re awesome, I hope people give us a chance, give us a listen, find something that you love,” Donahew said about his group’s music. “We’re boot-and-jeans kind of guys.”

The Casey Donahew will perform at The Ranch on Saturday, Sept. 19, as part of The Red Dirt Party. The Randy Rogers Band and Mo Pitney also are on the bill.

The Casey Donahew Band’s latest CD, Standoff, is a good example of Donahew’s mission to deliver honest music with a message to his fans.

“We’re big supporters of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms and standing up for what you believe in. We thought it was a great concept for the new album, hence the title,” Donahew said.

He’s a big fan of telling stories and using lyrics that explain an event.

“The stuff that lasts a long time grabs people’s attentions and tells a story they think could happen to them,” said Donahew, whose song “White Trash Story” is a tale of life in a trailer park.

The band has performed in Colorado often, including three appearances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Donahew said the band’s music is about real life, down to earth “country stuff,” which includes rodeo songs, cowboy songs and living in the country.

“We do our thing, and so far we’ve been able to find an audience that exemplifies what we do,” he said.

Donahew said he and his bandmates don’t take themselves too seriously, which has kept them grounded — and together.

The six-piece band has played together for 12 years, which makes Donahew feel very fortunate.

“We don’t stay away from home too long,” Donahew said. “Most of us are married with kids. We spend quality time with the family and that makes it easier to keep priorities where they should be.”

“We’ve had longevity and it’s been a fun ride. We have seen the country several times, met a lot of cool people. We have had a good run, but we’re not finished yet.”

He simply wants people to have a “good time.”

“That’s the whole point of everything we do. Come, have a good time, relax, forget about your problems and hopefully leave smiling,” Donahew said.

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If you go

What: K99’s Red Dirt Party, featuring the Casey Donahew Band, Randy Rogers Band and Mo Pitney

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Where: Budweiser Events Center, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland

Tickets: $25, $35 and $45.


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