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Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon Debut at Station Inn

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Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon at Station InnNashville, TN -- One of the most exciting and unique bluegrass artists to emerge on the national scene in years, Ray Cardwell, announces his debut performance at the World-famous Station Inn, Thursday, July 28th. Bassist Cardwell, with a powerhouse four-octave vocal range, will showcase a wealth of his original material that is soon to be released on his first album, produced by the legendary Pat Flynn, formerly of New Grass Revival. The cover for Thursday’s event is $12 at the door and begins at 9 pm at the Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue, Nashville, TN.

Flynn will sit in on guitar with Cardwell’s band, Tennessee Moon, made up of musicians and artists well known in Nashville bluegrass circles: Kyle Wood (former lead vocalist/songwriter with Crucial Smith) on mandolin and tenor/lead vocals; Kelsey Crews on banjo and baritone vocals, Michael Testagrossa on resonator guitar, and Theo MacMillan on fiddle and bass vocals.

Live Audience to Hear Original “Bluegrass Soul” Prior to CD Release

Ray Cardwell is a Nashville-based artist from the Missouri Ozarks who sings original, roots-based bluegrass music with a contemporary twist and a hard blues edge, cranked to 11. Fans describe his signature style as “Bluegrass Soul.” Ray will tell you he has spent his life forging a diverse musical path built on the bedrock of a bluegrass rhythm section. A prolific songwriter, Cardwell’s powerful voice has caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most respected bluegrass musicians, several who are lending their substantial musical expertise to his recent efforts. Stay tuned for more news soon on Ray’s debut album, which will feature an impressive musical guest list: John Cowan, Scott Vestal, Andy Leftwich, Danny Roberts, Rob Ickes, Jesse McReynolds, Clair Lynch and Ronnie Bowman, to name a few.

“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range,” said Pat Flynn, the highly respected guitar stylist and producer of the upcoming Ray Cardwell Tennessee Moon CD. “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.”

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