Casey Saba and The Beanstalks:

"LIVE: The One-Take Wonders"

Recorded LIVE on February 21st, 2015.

This album was recorded LIVE in one take (no overdubs) by Casey Saba and The Beanstalks. Mixed and Mastered by Dan Caro in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

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Casey Saba

Casey Saba

[Lead Vocals, Guitar]

Casey Saba is from New Orleans, Louisiana and he has been singing and performing since he was a very young lad. He was born into a very interestingly odd musical family. For instance, “House of the Rising Sun” is considered a Christmas song in the Saba family. His Grandfather played mandolin and harmonica and often sent live cassette recordings to loved ones in lieu of letters.

As a child, Casey had a sweet angelic voice but puberty hit him like a ton of bricks! Now his signature vocal tone is deep, gravelly, and powerful although he can still hit a few pretty high notes. As a teen, Casey gravitated toward the stage and studied theatre and vocal performance. He had been singing all his life but finally picked up a guitar at 16 years old. He fronted a rock band called “Pieces of Mind” in high school and later formed a psychedelic-metal band called “In Medias Res” in college. Casey graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006 with two degrees, one for English Education and one for Theatre Education. When “In Medias Res” disbanded in 2006, Casey was playing a solo show in 2007 where he was double booked with a new, up and coming brass band. The venue owner was going to tell the brass band to leave but Casey invited them all to sit in with him and thus The ‘Bout It Brass Band was formed!!! It was in ‘Bout It Brass Band that Casey met Scott Inman (sousaphone) and Wade Hymel (drums). The ‘Bout It Brass Band played shows all around southeastern Louisiana with such bands as Louisiana LeRoux, Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Soul Rebels Brass Band. When ‘Bout It Brass Band disbanded in 2011, Casey played many solo shows while always wanting to form a unique and special band. One day Casey and Scott were talking and they decided to start a new project together with a truly exceptional instrumentation and sound. It would feature Casey’s raspy voice with no bass guitar but instead sousaphone, no lead guitar but instead violin. Andrew (violin) and Wade (drums) were contacted and were excited about the new vision. At the first rehearsal for “Casey Saba and The Beanstalks” the members were not even sure if the sound combination would work! But after that first rehearsal they knew they were on to something unusually extraordinary. Casey Saba also performs stand up comedy and has been the Creative Director and Instructor for several Improv Comedy Troupes as well as hosting various Open Mic Music and Comedy Showcases all around Louisiana.

Scott Inman

Scott Inman

[Sousaphone]

Scott Inman: I was born in Morgan City, Louisiana on May 17th 1987. I grew up with music all around me, being interested and influenced from the start. Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and many more artists filled my childhood. I also grew up listening to my dad, uncle, and grandpa play Bluegrass and eventually joining in on Bass. I first dabbled in piano at a friend’s house and later took guitar lessons.

Then I picked up the Tuba when I was 12, at the start of the 6th grade and never looked back. I continue to love and follow my passion for playing music. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. I became a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity in 2006. I was a founding member of the Bout It Brass Band (2007-2011), in our four year span "Bout It" played shows around southeast Louisiana; opening for bands such as Louisiana Leroux, Rebirth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band. I was a member of Africa Brass in New Orleans from 2012-2013. Also, I am a freelance musician, having played with various bands around southeast Louisiana. Towards the end of 2013, I helped form Casey Saba and the Beanstalks. It’s truly been a blessing being able to make music with great friends, men, and musicians in Casey, Andrew, and Wade.

Andrew Robin

Andrew Robin

[Violin]

Drew Robin—or at least that’s who he claims to be—is the man casting a long shadow and necking a violin. At a prepubescent and impressionable age, Drew began romancing the strings under the instruction of former Soviet spies. But one day, this Beanstalk heard Mark O’Connor's Nashville Cats and finally rebelled against Mozart concerti and Russian bow holds. That’s when Drew became a man.

In the years after his rebellion, Drew commandeered a private aircraft at 15, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Music Performance, and exerted an extraordinary amount of effort into his career as a professional clam diver. Alas, 10 years ago Drew met a sassy waitress named Wade Hymel. Since Wade had a penchant for banging on things with sticks, the two musicians found their common ground: creating sweet baby makin' melodies. While Drew is well versed in the marimba and violin, he is also a Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey expert marksman. Since joining the inseminating forces of Casey Saba and the Beanstalks back in October 2013, Drew has fiddled his way into the hearts and minds of many, only to leave a trail of broken bow hairs and melted faces. Be sure to buy him a beer and ask about what all he did in the name of classical percussive studies--it's a tragically humorous story.

Wade Hymel

Wade Hymel

[Vocals, Drums]

Wade Hymel is a drummer by trade, an alchemist at heart, and a waitress by moonlight. He has been playing drums ever since he upset the crawfish pot at a boil deep in the Acadian wilderness and executed a seamless transition from potential disaster to John Bonham's Moby Dick in a matter of seconds. An orphan taken in by the spirits of the blues, he lives, breathes, and sings tragically, all the while riding life's rusty rail to oblivion.

As an original member of the 'Bout It Brass Band, Wade was on the fateful double-booking that once and forever united five music-major weirdos and Casey Saba. Wade works with a number of notable locals and lends his percussive abilities to a variety of original projects, such as The Shiz and Better By Design. He has been making music with Drew Robin and Scott Inman for 10 and 15 years, respectively, and joined forces with The Beanstalks in the summer of 2014. In his spare time, Wade also practices guitar, bass, piano, cowbell, spoons, and driving his CR-V into the ground. His favorite color is sound, and his favorite food is travel.