Casey Donahew is a Texas native who has carved out a path in the country music scene. Donahew was born in Burleson and only left to attend college right out of high school. He started his college career at Texas A&M but finished at UT Arlington with a degree in finance.


It was when he was attending A&M that he was bitten by the music bug, he said.


“I didn’t start out wanting to be a singer,” Donahew said. “I have always loved music and started writing songs. So, it was a natural progression to start singing.”


With fifteen years and seven albums under his belt, Donahew said it is more than talent that has helped him get to where he is at now.


“I have been given the opportunity to do what I love for the past 15 years,” he said. “It is very rare for people to be able to do that. I consider myself very lucky and blessed.”


The University Star compared Donahew’s concert to the likes of country legend Garth Brooks, writing, “Donahew’s vibrancy and high energy concerts give the fans their money’s worth; like a Garth concert.”


Donahew said he was flattered by the comparison. “Putting me in the same category as Garth Brooks is humbling,” he said.


“I think I’m in pretty good company,” Donahew said. “I take pride in my performance. I want to give the fans a show, something they’ll enjoy. My goal is they’ll enjoy themselves so much that they’ll want to bring a friend to the next show.”


Donahew is playing in Madill at the Sandbass Festival on Saturday. Even though he has never played this venue before, Donahew is an old hand at playing festivals.


“I love doing festivals,” he said. “I love outside concerts, because there is no limit on what can be done. I love the big concerts with big crowds and lights.”


Just being able to play for the fans is his main purpose, Donahew said. “Anytime I have a chance to be around a bunch of people playing music and having fun, is what I live for.”


Donahew said he enjoys all the band’s songs, but there is one he loves to play. “Out of all of my songs, I enjoy when I am able to perform ‘Fallen.’ It is a personal song for me.”


The Sandbass Festival will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The schedule for the day includes a performance by Gorrell’s Bail Bonds and Martial Arts, King Sandie Kids Fishing Tournament, a 3K and 5K run, a horseshoe pitching contest, a cornhole tournament, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a book sale at the Madill Public Library, Madill Soccer Club Awards, Byron’s Bail Bonds turtle races, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, a baby crawl, a carnival, a performance by Logan Russell and the Young Guns, a performance by the first place talent contest winners and Casey Donahew will headline at 8:30 p.m.