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A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful, four-octave voice is in large part what has caught the ears of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who lended their substantial musical expertise to studio sessions in Nashville in late 2015. “One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist, top flight studio musician, songwriter and member of New Grass Revival now sitting in the producer chair at Ray’s sessions. “He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel a cappella to straight-up bluegrass. I like the fact that Ray is able to embrace a lot of different styles...and pull them all off. His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

 

Cardwell has the kind of voice and stage presence that leaves an audience spell-bound and makes converts wherever he plays. As a band leader, music director or sideman, Ray has performed and toured extensively with bluegrass, Americana, country, jazz, reggae, blues, musical theater, rock, Motown, choral and rockabilly groups.

 

The Cardwell Family bluegrass band, from the Missouri Ozarks, performed in America’s heartland in the late 1970s. In the ‘80s Ray was into rock & reggae, followed by a move to Nashville as a member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group, the New Tradition in 1994. Then he returned to Missouri to raise a family, where he earned accolades as an award-winning vocal and instrumental music teacher with ensembles.

 

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Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon

Rose Music Hall

 

Exited to be playing in Columbia, MO

Nov 4

 

 

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon with Special Guest Mark Bilyeu

Lindberg's

 

Looking forward to being in Springfield, MO

Sept 10

 

 6:40 pm

Ray Cardwell Live on Nashville Today

Hosted by Devon O'Day

 

 

Sept 12

11 am

 

 

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Cardwell has the kind of voice and stage presence that leaves an audience spell-bound and makes converts wherever he plays. As a band leader, music director or sideman, Ray has performed and toured extensively with groups.

A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful, four-octave voice is in large part what has caught the ears of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who lended their substantial musical expertise to studio sessions in Nashville in late 2015. “One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist, top flight studio musician, songwriter and member of New Grass Revival now sitting in the producer chair at Ray’s sessions. “He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel a cappella to straight-up bluegrass. I like the fact that Ray is able to embrace a lot of different styles...and pull them all off. His vocals are very distinctive, as well as his bass playing; that sets the stage for us to do a lot of things acoustically with modern bluegrass as a base.”

 

Cardwell has the kind of voice and stage presence that leaves an audience spell-bound and makes converts wherever he plays. As a band leader, music director or sideman, Ray has performed and toured extensively with bluegrass, Americana, country, jazz, reggae, blues, musical theater, rock, Motown, choral and rockabilly groups.

 

The Cardwell Family bluegrass band, from the Missouri Ozarks, performed in America’s heartland in the late 1970s. In the ‘80s Ray was into rock & reggae, followed by a move to Nashville as a member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group, the New Tradition in 1994. Then he returned to Missouri to raise a family, where he earned accolades as an award-winning vocal and instrumental music teacher with ensembles.

 

September 10 • 6:40pm

   Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon

   with Special Guest Mark Bilyeu

     Lindberg's

 

Looking forward to being in Springfield, MO

 

September 12 • 11am

   Ray Cardwell Live on Nashville

   Today

    Hosted by Devon O'Day

 

November 4

   Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon

     Rose Music Hall

 

Exited to be playing in Columbia, MO