Cory Wong performing “The Optimist” and “Pleasin'” [audio]


Cory Wong joined Casey in the ONErpm studio this Thursday ahead of his show at City Winery and after the release of his album The Optimist. After getting off the road with Vulfpeck, Cory felt energized by the creativity of the tour and gathered friends to record some sessions. Going off of voice memos and instincts, the resulting funky, joyful, and fun party music represents a year of growth. Cory played the title track off his new album, “The Optimist,” as well as “Pleasin’” off of his last record. Catch Cory back on the road with Vulfpack and buy his new record The Optimist.

Casey is that rarest of creatures…a Native Tennesseean. His love of music can be traced to the day his dad sat him down and played him Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?” Everything pretty much changed after that. He began his broadcasting career at the age of 14 at an AM station in Northern Middle Tennessee. It was there he learned how to cue vinyl records, splice tape with razor blades, and other skills that no longer serve any purpose. In the late nineties, he was the host of our evening show until management decided that probably wasn’t a good idea anymore. Casey returned to Nashville airwaves in 2016. When he isn’t on the air, he spends his time with his wife and son. He would also appreciate it if you’d get offa his lawn.