Help Ray Finish His CD!
Help Ray Finish His CD!
Help Ray Cardwell finish his debut album, "Tennessee Moon." If you like original bluegrass music with a bluesy edge, you'll love Ray!
Help Ray Cardwell finish his debut album, "Tennessee Moon." If you like original bluegrass music with a bluesy edge, you'll love Ray! Read more
This all started with a meeting with producer/newgrass guitar master Pat Flynn. My sister, who was running IBMA at the time, played a demo for Pat. He said he really liked what he heard, and he proposed that we work on a project together. During the fall and winter of 2015-16 the magic happened at Markus Stadler's Bumpin Heads studio in Madison, TN, just north of Nashville. (There's a low doorway when you walk in. Watch your head!) With Pat in the producer's chair we recorded 12 songs all together--nine that I either wrote or co-wrote; plus a song from one of my all time favorite bands, The Dillards; a brand new song never recorded previously from hit writer, Fred Koller; and a killer original from Tennessee Moon band member, Kyle Wood--who you will remember from the band, Crucial Smith. Stylistically, the songs range from straight ahead bluegrass and a capella gospel to rootsy blues, acoustic country, and a touch of reggae.
I was honored to record with a fantastic core band that Pat and I put together for the project. In addition to Pat on guitar and vocals, Scott Vestal played banjo, Danny Roberts played mandolin, Andy Leftwich played fiddle and mandolin, Rob Ickes played Dobro, and I played bass, sang lead and some harmony vocals. We brought in John Cowan to sing harmony on nine tracks. Claire Lynch and Ronnie Bowman also guest on one song each. Bluegrass Hall of Famer Jesse McReynolds (who I am honored to perform with currently on the Grand Ole Opry and on selected tour dates), plays mandolin on the title track, "Tennessee Moon." Jim and Jesse were a big influence on my family bluegrass band back in Missouri, and it means so much to me to have Jesse be a part of my first solo album. Actually, I'm thrilled to have ALL of these folks on board. (I can't wait for you to hear this album!)
The sessions were magical and exciting, inspiring, mind-blowing, challenging, surreal, and unbelievably fun. I smiled for the entire four months.I am so proud of and pleased with this project.
But financially, we've fallen a bit short of completing the album. With your help we can get the songs mastered, finish design and packaging, and get this music into your hands and ears. I can't wait for you to hear this. (Did I mention that before?)
I'm also incredibly excited to be launching a new band to tour in support of the new CD. My musical brothers in Tennessee Moon are Kyle Wood on mandolin and tenor vocals, Kelsey Crews on banjo and baritone vocals, Richard Starkey on guitar and vocals (yes, he does sing a Ringo song), and Michael Testagrossa on resophonic guitar and vocals. I sing and play the bass, as you might have guessed. We're starting to fill up our calendar for the upcoming year. Look for us Sept. 16-18, 2016 at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC Sept. 27 and Oct.1.
Thanks in advance for your help. I'll owe you one!
Risks and challenges
Our ducks are in a row. With Kickstarter help, we will be able to finish and release "Tennessee Moon" by July 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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