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Casey Turner on forthcoming Hawaiian Tour and Mainland Invaders
On October 14, singer-songwriter Casey Turner heads to Hawaii for a tour of Hawaii, with over a dozen gigs booked. He’ll be playing the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai, taking time to do a bit of surfing between shows. Originally from Florida, having previously played with punk band Liquid Image, Turner arrived in San Diego in 2002. “I originally came out here for an engineering job,” Turner said. “I worked as a test engineer at a hydrogen fuel cell company out in Poway. We were developing H2 fuel cell cars and buses. I helped develop the 1st ever H2 vehicles for Ford, Chrysler, and Nissan. It was so awesome to be a part of it. The vehicles run on H2 and air and the bi-product is water and some heat. How awesome is that?” Unfortunately his stay in the automobile business was short lived. “The company closed down, go figure. So now I play my guitar and ukulele. Definitely less stress that’s for sure, hence the title of my new CD, No Stress Express.”
A regular at such local venues as the PB Bar & Grill, Turner has been frequenting Hawaii for the surf over the past decade and added music to his trip due to support from Hawaiian radio. “I decided to set up the Hawaii Tour after getting airplay on Hawaiian radio stations,” Turner said. “Some stations out there have been really awesome and supportive of new music, my favorite station being Q103. A DJ named Shaggy brought me in for an interview in late May this year. He is a super cool guy and contacted me saying,"Hey, we are diggin these new songs and we are jammin them out here on the rock!" So I went out two weeks later for the interview.” He’s since received additional airplay on Maui FM and Kong Radio 93.5FM, Kauai.
He plans to incorporate some Hawaiian music into his set, but will keep to his own music for the most part. “Covers are fun,” he acknowledged. “But for every cover song you play, that’s one less original song that someone gets to hear. So I like to keep it original for the most part.”
Turner notes that playing the islands is a bit tougher than a typical gig on the mainland. “Getting around the islands with your PA system and gear can be difficult,” he said. “You have to take a plane to get to each island so it can be a hassle at times.” He acknowledges that even booking the shows was difficult, though not for the usual reasons of draw and sound. “Booking shows from the mainland isn't the easiest,” Turner remarked. “It’s an island and the Hawaiians have got those gigs locked down. And they should have it locked down. It’s their island. I’m just a guest. Hopefully, a welcomed one. If you look back on history, the mainland people invaded that place enough already,” he said.