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Tamarack Country Music Festival
Hailing from the state of Rhode Island, Nick Casey and the Whole Damn Band have been performing regularly throughout the North East region. "Back in 2018, the timing felt right to get a band together. It's been nonstop since then." The band features Ryan Tremblay on lead guitar, Uncle Jarod Cournoyer on bass and Ethan "Big Dog" Lyons on the drums. They have played through the Midwest and opened for various national acts. Their sound is inspired by the more traditional styles of country music. "I always connected most with artists such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. From there, I tried to create my own, unique style."
"Bruce Springsteen inspired me to pick up a guitar. Something about his style and live performance sparked a fire to want to do that exact thing." Nick began his musical career playing in coffee shops, open mics and busking on local streets. His family has always been involved in music. Mary Ellen Casey, his mother, is a local folk singer/songwriter who performs around Rhode Island. "Music has always been a part of my life and now, I can't see myself doing anything else. Country music is not the most prominent genre in town, but with the help of some other great bands, we've built up a really cool scene."
Released in 2020, "Ghosts Like Me" features nine original songs written by Nick and arranged by the band. The album theme focuses on storytelling songs in a more traditional style. "The 'Ghost' represents country artists who can feel lost with the looming and popular mainstream sound. It's easy to seem hidden from the big radio hits but, there seems to be a longing for that old school sound again. I try to write from my own personal experiences and what I know. The band brings the music to a different level." You can get the album wherever you listen to music.
Find Nick and the band headlining clubs in New England. Be sure to come to a show near you!