Yeah, he knows it. That look on the face of a high school age Al Casey tells you that this guy knows his shit is hot, and it was. Casey had already been playing pedal steel for ten years and in just a couple more would find himself playing with Duane Eddy, Jody Reynolds, and later as a studio musician in the Wrecking Crew backing..., well you know about the Wrecking Crew, right? They backed everybody. He was also in a bunch of faceless instrumental surf-ploitation bands, the sort of which that put out LP after LP to cash in on the surf music craze. Dude was one red hot hired gun.
I've posted some of these before, but, thanks to the Dad's 45s (and 78s), there's a couple more that I hadn't heard. You really ought to check out Dad's 45s, it's a guy who posts records from his dad's record collection and his dad had some kinda taste. Really. I'm adding him to my links tonight kinda taste.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Al Casey - The Stinger mp3 (via DivShare*) at Dad's 45s (and 78s)
Al Casey - Night Beat mp3 (via DivShare*) at Dad's 45s (and 78s)
Al Casey - Teenage Blues mp3 at Rocky-52.net
Jody Reynolds (Al Casey: guitar) - Daisy Mae mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Jody Reynolds (Al Casey: Guitar) - The Fire of Love mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Al Casey - Baja mp3 at Probe Is Turning-On the People
Al Casey & the K.C.-ettes - Surfin' Hootnanny at Rocky-52.net
*Once you get to DivShare, click on the green Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds. When the button reappears, you're good to go.
More on the Wrecking Crew here