While we like to introduce NEW music for our MP3 Leak each Week, we thought we’d bring a timeless tune back courtesy of Cas Haley with his song “Release Me” from his last album Connection…
Cas Haley -“Release Me”
This was the first song off his debut release under Easy Star Records from his album Connection. In regards to the song, Cas said “This song is about one of the darkest moments in my life, and dealing with the fear it caused. I co-produced this tune with a great friend of mine David Willingham . David’s touch really gave the song that strong roots reggae vibe.”
The album was released in 2010 and since then, Cas Haley has also dished out a special Christmas EP in November of 2011. “I have wanted to make a Christmas album for a long, long time,” Cas told The Pier last November. “But, I always felt that if I was going to, I needed to write at least one original song to make my own mark and that’s where I have been stuck. What can I say about Christmas that hasn’t been said?” Cas Haley will be going back into the studio this May to work on his next album.
He will also be featured on the upcoming Lance Sitton & The Seed release titled “Spread The Word” that is due out April 22nd under GanJah Records, owned by Cas Haley’s good friend and long time collaborator, Josh Heinrichs.
Cas Haley Bio/Background:
Raised by musician parents, Cas grew up surrounded by the sounds of blues and 60s-70s rock. He got serious about the guitar at age 12 and was “taught by the tribe” of musicians passing through the house. “The kitchen would be turned into the practice room or for jam sessions, so I was pretty much born into that lifestyle,” he says. And from the very beginning he was more inclined to create his own music than to slavishly learn covers.
Also prominent at home were the Bob Marley records his mother would play, which made a profound impression. After a period of heavy immersion in the sounds of the ska/punk/skateboard culture, Cas was blown away by the classic reggae-pop of bands like UB40 and Sublime, and his mature style began to take shape.
It’s the journey that matters; Cas is aiming for success on his own terms. “If I’m not doing it authentically then I don’t want it,” he says. His only goal: “To authentically express myself and help others do the same. Because it’s a sweet life to be able to do that.”
Cas is back on the road. He is back out with his good friend Trevor Hall for more shows through March and April, plus, he’ll be playing four shows with JJ Grey and MOFRO in April around Kansas and Missouri.
Cas Haley Tour Dates:
March 14th @ Exit/In. Nashville, TN
March 15th @ Workplay Theatre. Birmingham, AL
March 16th @ Masquerade Hell Stage. Atlanta, GA
March 21st @ Culture Room. Fort Lauderdale, FL
March 22nd @ The Social. Orlando, FL
March 24th @ Pourhouse. Charleston, SC
March 28th @ Jewish Mother. Virginia Beach, VA
March 29th @ Balt. Soundstage. Baltimore, MD
March 30th @ The Blockley. Philadelphia, PA
April 1st @ High Ground. South Burlington, VT
April 4th @ Cambridge Room. Cleveland, OH
April 5th @ Envent Event Space. Chicago, IL
April 5th @ SPace. Evanston, IL
April 11th @ Blue Note. Columbia, MO
April 12th @ Abode. Wichita, KS
April 13th @ Tin Roof. Nashville, TN
April 14th @ Tin Roof. Birmingham, AL
April 18th @ The Gillioz Theatre. Springfield, MO
April 19th @ Knuckleheads. Kansas City, MO
April 22nd @ Austin Reggae Fest. Austin, TX
June 1st @ The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint. Destin, FL
June 2nd @ The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint. Mobile, AL
June 3rd @ The Hangout. Gulf Shores, AL
Cas Haley Links
Cas Haley Website
Cas Haley Facebook