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Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Preparing Debut Album

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Ray Cardwell & Tennessee MoonAfter several months in the studio with guitar legend/producer Pat Flynn, Ray’s debut solo album,Tennessee Moon, is almost done and ready to be mastered. To help wrap things up, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. For info on the project and a list of fabulous perks for supporters, please visit the “Help Ray Finish His CD” page here. There are only eight days remaining in the campaign!

This all started with a meeting with producer/newgrass guitar master Pat Flynn. Ray's sister, Nancy, who was running IBMA at the time, played a demo for Pat. He said he really liked what he heard, and he proposed that they 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 they recorded 12 songs all together--nine that Ray either wrote or co-wrote; plus a song from one of Ray's 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 an A Capella gospel to rootsy blues, acoustic country, and a touch of reggae.

Ray and his band are polishing up four sets of new material in preparation for shows during the summer and fall in Tennessee, Kansas and North Carolina, and we’re currently booking for 2017. Watch for more details at

Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon are looking forward to playing the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas Sept. 16-18, 2016, with special guest Pat Flynn. “Words can’t describe how excited I am about playing this festival,” Ray says. “The Winfield audience was always very supportive and enthusiastic about the music I played there with the New Tradition a few years ago, and I can’t wait to introduce them to my new band.”

During World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh, NC, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike and Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon will appear at a Sept. 27 showcase for BuckleDown Production artists, presented by the Bell Buckle Café, of Bell Buckle, TN.

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