Fort Worth/Cool singer-songwriter Casey James returned to American Idol, the show that helped launch his career, on Thursday night and -- after much results-show padding -- performed his new single, The Good Life.
Accompanied by his Fort Worth-based band -- guitarist David Kurrasch, drummer Blaine Crews, bass player Dino Villaneuva and keyboardist Juustin Barbee -- James looked comfortable on the Idol stage, and ended the song with a nice little bit of guitar fireworks. Having seen him to do this at Billy Bob's Texas, however, I felt like the song was a little out of its element -- it really takes off in a bar or club filled with whooping Casey James fans.
After the performance, host Ryan Seacrest chatted up James a little bit (I would have liked to have heard what Randy Jackson, the only current judge who was around when James took third in season nine, had to say about the performance). I've interviewed James several times, and he's always come off as a nice, modest guy -- which he underscored on Thursday's show by bringing gifts for this season's remaining contestants in an effort to alleviate any homesickness, since he missed home during his run on the show (now he tours so much, he seems to hardly ever be home). James did research on the contestants to find fitting gifts.
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Idol has been bringing back some of its more successful alumni to perform this season, and one of its most successful -- Carrie Underwood -- also performed Thursday night. Far be it from me not to include a clip of her as well. And another big success -- Kelly Clarkson, who, like James, has big DFW connections -- is scheduled to perform next week.