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Quick to mention the Rolling Stones, Rob Thomas, and Garth Brooks as influences, Casey Donahew started out as a favorite on the Texas bar circuit, but those years of steady gigging paid off on a national level in 2009 when one of his self-released albums cracked the country Top 30 album chart in Billboard magazine. Born and raised in Burleson, TX, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Donahew started playing local bars in 2002. His live show would evolve into a Springsteen-like event for Texas' younger bar crowd, maintaining a high energy level throughout an extra long set, a set that would be broken up with playful diversions like country-rock covers "Ice Ice Baby" or 50 Cent's "In da Club." Pam Minick from Texas' famed club Billy Bob's took notice, and when she hired Donahew for a headlining spot, the college-age crowd came with. This demographic was a perfect fit for the singer's indie, "Donahew-It-Yourself" attitude, and when he released the album Lost Days in 2005, he sold as many on the Internet as he did at shows. Mentioning all his favorite places in Fort Worth, a track from the album called "Stockyards" would become the theme for the city's Brahmas hockey franchise. With guitarist Brent Wall, bass player Steve Stone, and drummer Taz now acting as his band, his 2006 release would be simply titled The Casey Donahew Band. The rowdy live album Live-Raw-Real, in the Ville followed in 2008, then a year later, with many of the sales coming from digital download services, he broke the Billboard charts with his album Moving On.