Casey Wickstrom is a multi-instrumentalist and live looping artist, vocalist, music producer, writer, and film editor. He plays guitar, lap slide, cigar box guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, harmonica, and other percussion and stringed instruments. Wickstrom produces and writes all his own music, and now works in his home studio in Cupertino, California. He has played all over California, both solo and with various projects. Casey has recorded four full length studio albums, a three track EP, and several singles, all available online. He is currently working on his fifth album, set to be released next year.
Casey's shows have included the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, The Viper Room, Hotel Cafe, the LA Vegan Beer Festival (put on by the Roxy), and Lightning In A Bottle (with Random Acts of Blindness). He tours breweries, clubs, and college towns around California, also performing at private parties and social events, both as a solo artist and with his side project Funk & Wagnall: A Tribute To Simon & Garfunkel.
Wickstrom is also a writer, writing blogs and short stories on his website. His short story, "Jolene: A Ghost Story" has been published and is available on Amazon.
The Music of Casey Wickstrom: Death, Drugs, and Redemption
Casey Wickstrom was born in Mountain View, California, but grew up in the small isolated mountain town of Durango, Colorado. It was here that he began writing and playing music, inspired by artists like Paul Simon and Ben Harper. The prominent bluegrass scene in Durango influenced Wickstrom to pursue guitar, bass, and take up lap slide guitar, using an old acoustic that he converted into a lap slide. His Colorado band The Shoes! recorded two albums, It's the Shoes! and Dig This, with all songs mainly written by Wickstrom. After the dissipation of the band in 2008, Wickstrom moved back to Northern California, where he began his solo career with his self-titled album Casey Wickstrom.
In 2011, Casey moved to Los Angeles, and within the first week, disaster struck. He was hit head on by a drunk driver on a freeway offramp -- he broke his back, his right knee, his left arm, his spleen was removed, and his liver suffered extreme lacerations which nearly killed him. His face needed reconstructive surgery, and he would never be the same. In the aftermath of this horrendous event, Casey spiraled into four years of suicidal depression and heavy addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs. Still, during this time, he was able to record his three track EP 1984 Sessions, his concert album Live @ the Pocket, Santa Cruz, and his fourth studio album Desperate Times.
Moving back to Northern California in 2014, Casey recorded his hit single "Surf Zombies!" He then attempted suicide, overdosed, and eventually checked himself into Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where he was able to finally get clean and take control of his life. He began writing again, practicing yoga and meditation, and set up a recording studio in his house in Cupertino, California. Wickstrom's blog discusses his past in a deeply personal and honest way, giving intimate insight into his music and his life. His musical recordings and videos have been streamed and watched thousands of times, and his fifth studio album Bleed Out is set to be released April 2018. This dark, introspective album covers a wide range of experiences in the aftermath of Wickstrom's late twenties; from his drug use to his sobriety, from his depression and close calls with death to, ultimately, his redemption.