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LtoR Neal Spielberg, Casey James, and Gene Dries

NASHVILLE — Casey James
signed with Spielberg/Dries Management for representation as he returns
to his roots and a blues album that is generating national attention.

was important for me to find genuine partners who have a passion for
this music and the conviction to support my vision as an artist,” said
James. “I’m an avid, dedicated fan of this genre with a deep respect for
the traditions and the musicianship that makes it great. Neal
[Spielberg] and Gene [Dries] are believers – and that is what I was
looking for in a management team.”

In 2010, Neal Spielberg and Gene Dries
combined their unique talents and extensive industry experience to
create Spielberg/Dries Management. In addition to James, they guide the
careers a diverse roster of clients including blues trailblazers Tracy
Nelson and Russell Morris.

worked for
Warner Bros. Records with Spielberg in sales and marketing and Dries in
rock radio promotion. After more than 20 years at Warner Bros., each in
their respective worlds, they began individually working with artists
and labels paving their path to eventually come together to manage
several artists in blues and country music.

co-managed 10-time Grammy winner Take 6, and is the creative director
for the Las Cruces Country Music Festival. Spielberg worked as a
consultant with Merle Haggard, Neal McCoy, Equity Records (Clint Black,
Little Big Town, Kevin Fowler), and Gloriana. Spielberg also works with
the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Az.

“We could not be more excited to be working with an artist like
Casey James,” said Spielberg and Dries. “His talent as an entertainer,
musician, and songwriter make him a triple threat and look forward to
working with him in the coming years.”  

musical journey has taken him from Cool, Texas, a dusty town 45 miles
west of Fort Worth, to network TV and the “American Idol” finals, to
opening shows for Taylor Swift, but it is now with the upcoming release
Strip It Down
– a soul-filled blues album with 14 songs written or co-written by James – that James has reconnected with his roots.

permeates every note is the conviction that comes from following your
personal path, not expectations. He delivers with a smoky, vocal quality
and a burning, lyrical skill with a guitar and what unfolds is a
variety of styles all connected directly to that blues base. James
funded it all through a one-month Kickstarter campaign, asking his fans
to invest in the next step. They came through in a big way and it served
as a reminder that even when his path had taken him down difficult
roads, he’d made a strong connection with an audience that understood
his creative ambitions.

Wendy Pearl Public Relations, LLC,
utilizes Pearl’s passion for music and her experience as a journalist
and public relations professional to help artists and brands meet their
communication needs with creative, strategic plans that engage, connect
music to values, and meet the client’s multi-tiered objectives. Visit www.WendyPearlPR.com. She can be reached at Wendy@WendyPearlPR.com.

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