Casey Kavanagh grew up in a small town in Minnesota. As a 3rd generation musician, music was a part of his soul from a very young age. As a child, while most of his friends were listening to AC/DC and Metallica, Casey was drawn towards the groove of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, the lyrics and melodies of James Taylor and Otis Redding, and the energy of James Brown and Maceo Parker. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a music degree, he left home and moved to the Twin Cities where he spent the next 6 years playing in one of Minneapolis’s premier soul/r&b bands. In 2011 Casey moved south to Springfield, Missouri, to start a family. He quickly plugged into the music scene and has since played in a few different projects around the Ozarks. It wasn’t until he posted an ad on Craigslist advertising “funky sax player looking for a new gig” that he found Papa Green Shoes. As a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and a lover of all things funky, it was a perfect fit. Don’t let his calm demeanor fool you. When he steps on stage, he doesn’t hold anything back and often brings the crowd to their feet. He wears his heart on his sleeve and blows it straight out of his horn.