The 'Music Man' returns for Spencer show

Friday, December 28, 2012

'The Voice' contestant looking forward to home performance

Casey Muessigmann will perform from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Legends Events and Social Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 and $10 at the door.

For Casey Muessigmann, there's no place like home.

Saturday night, he will return to his roots, performing in front of some familiar faces when he takes the stage at Legends Social and Events Center at 8 p.m.

"It's going to be surreal," Muessigmann said of his return to Spencer. "All these faces I've always imagined seeing in the crowd are going to actually be there. It's my hometown. It's something to be proud of. I'm happier than heck that Legends is having me there."

Spencer native Casey Muessigmann, who earned a spot on NBC's "The Voice," will perform Saturday night at Legends Events and Social Center. (Photo submitted)

The former Spencer Tiger wrestler said it's been a while since he performed in town.

"I did a show in Emmetsburg after "The Voice," but this my first one in Spencer. I think it's my first show here since my senior choir concert," he laughed.

Fans will get a blend of country, soul and a little rock and roll according to the performer.

"They're going to get high energy," Muessigmann said. "When I sing, I don't just sing. Emotionally, I feel I have something invested in every concert I do."

This show, which is scheduled to last until 10:30 p.m., will include many of his original songs from his debut album, "Together We'll Ride." He shared that he has been working on new material as well. But that it's not ready to perform quite yet.

Muessigmann earned national recognition when his hiney-slapping performance of "Sweet Home Alabama" on NBC's popular singing contest show "The Voice" prompted both Blake Shelton and Cee-Lo Green to battle for the opportunity to coach him.

Shelton got the nod, and in the show's first battle, Muessigmann went head-to-head with Scottish rocker Terry McDermott as the duo performed Kansas rock classic "Carry on Wayward Son." Shelton chose McDermott, who went on to finish runner-up in the contest.

"The Voice" provided an opportunity for him to live out a part of his dream as a performer. It came at a time when he was getting his life sorted out.

After high school graduation in 2008, Muessigmann attended Morningside College where he wrestled before failing out of the Sioux City school.

"I just needed to get it together. ... There's a big transition from high school to college and it's self-driven. If you don't have the drive to motivate yourself, it's not going to work," he shared.

He returned to Spencer and reset. Determined to keep moving toward a degree, he enrolled at Iowa Lakes Community College.

"Going to Iowa Lakes allowed me to get re-focused and be around my family and friends so I could stay grounded," he explained.

During that time, he released his first album in 2010, "Together We'll Ride."

"I never actually toured or had a band together until after "The Voice." Most of my singing was actually just someone would call and I'd play where I could. Now, we're actually booking shows," Muessigmann said.

And he has a band comprised of two backup singers, a pair of guitarists, a bass player and a drummer from the Sioux Falls and Sioux City areas.

Muessigmann said he was able to take a lot away from his experience on "The Voice."

"I wasn't even supposed to be there. It was just a blessing from God I had the opportunity to be there," he said. "The thing I took away from "The Voice" was confidence. If you don't have confidence on stage people can tell. And if you're not feeling it, they're not going to feel it."

Performing on television and in front of a live audience, as well as four legends in the music business serving as coaches, helped him further understand the importance of connecting with the audience.

Muessigmann said Alan Jackson and George Strait can get away with standing behind a microphone and playing a guitar, but the new breed of country stars have to bring something more.

"The new generation of country singer, it's high energy or go home," he said.

For the local country musician, that comes from performing his own composition.

"The biggest thing for me, in a show like "The Voice," you're always singing someone else's songs. ... For me, it's not just singing someone's songs. Writing my own songs and signing them, that really comes through."

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