Ray Cardwell - Tennessee Moon
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McPherson 12 string acoustic guitar
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Tennessee Moon - CD release date 1/17/2017
Pinecastle Records

Produced and Arranged by Pat Flynn for Mea Culpa Music
(except for tracks 5 & 12)
Engineer: Markus Stadler at Bumpin' Heads Studio
Engineer: Steve Chandler, Hilltop Recording on tracks 5 & 12
Mastered by: David Glasser, Airshow

1) His Will (2:35) Gospel/Bluegrass
written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP)
Lead and Baritone Vocals-Ray Cardwell
low tenor-John Cowan

2) Tennessee Moon (3:00) written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP) arranged by Ray Cardwell and Pat Flynn
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan
Special guest Jesse McReynolds-mandolin

3) Whole World 'Round (2:52) written by Joe Stuart/Mitch Jayne; arranged by Pat Flynn and Ray Cardwell
Lead Vocals-Ray Cardwell
Harmony-Claire Lynch

4)Open Your Eyes (2:44) written by Billy Kirsch/Fred Koller; Door Number One Music, BMI; Plainclothes Music, BMI; Universal Music Careers, BMI; Polygram International, BMI
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

5) Sailin' For Glory (2:07) Gospel/a capella
written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP)
Lead Vocal-Ray Cardwell
Tenor-Scott Russell
Baritone-Eric Morris
Bass-Brad Reside

6) Cry (4:04) written by Kyle Wood, Mea Culpa Music
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

7) Stop, Look and Listen (3:09) written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP) and Pat Flynn, for Mea Culpa Music
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

8) Cedar Creek Pickaway (3:06) written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP); arranged by Pat Flynn & Ray Cardwell
Lead Vocals and tenor-Ray Cardwell
baritone-Ronnie Bowman

9) Sing it to the World (3:48) Americana
written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP)
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

10) My Heart Stays With You (2:37) Written by Ray Cardwell (RACMAC publishing, ASCAP) Danny Roberts, Richie Dotson, Ken White, and Pat Flynn (Mea Culpa Music)
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

11) Think About Me (3:43) written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP) & Pat Flynn, Mea Culpa Music
Lead Vocals and baritone-Ray Cardwell
tenor-John Cowan

12) New Jerusalem (2:02) Gospel a capella
written by Ray Cardwell(RACMAC publishing, ASCAP) & Danny Roberts
Lead Vocal-Ray Cardwell
Tenor-Scott Russell
Baritone-Eric Morris
Bass-Brad Reside


Ray Cardwell is one of the most diversely talented artists playing bluegrass music today, with a broad array of interests and influences.

He grew up in a family bluegrass band, and his father, Marvin Cardwell, was a talented multi-instrumentalist as well as a collector of vintage instruments. The senior Cardwell fronted one of the first live music shows in Branson, MO at Jesse James Confusion Hill in the 1960s as "Marvin Cardwell and the Country Boys." The group played a combination of traditional country music and bluegrass, performing at county fairs, town festivals, coon hunts, church events, and they even had their own live radio show every Saturday afternoon based in Aurora, MO.

Ray started singing at church and on his father's show at age three, and in sixth grade he started playing guitar and saxophone.

Around 1975-76, Ray and his two sisters, Susan and Nancy, were ready to form a family band with their parents. The Cardwell Family bluegrass band performed in the late 1970s - early '80s on a variety of stages, including the Mountain Folks Music Festival at Silver Dollar City, Fort of the Osage, Dogpatch USA, and various concerts hosted by Ozarks musicologist, Max Hunter.

In the ‘80s Ray was into rock & reggae, working out of Springfield, MO and in the Midwest as a musician and front man, keyboardist and sax player. He relocated for a time to Hollywood, CA with Springfield based band Resonance and played saxophone for celebrated songwriter Jack Lee (who penned songs for Blondie, Pat Benatar, and Neil Young).

In 1992 he met some bluegrass enthusiasts from Columbia, MO and started his return to bluegrass with the regional band, Slick Nickel. He moved to Nashville in 1994 as a member of the critically acclaimed, nationally touring bluegrass gospel band, New Tradition. He recorded two albums with the band--one for the Brentwood label (Old Time Gospel Jamboree) and one independently released (Following the Son).

In mid '96 Ray left Nashville to raise a family back in Missouri and returned to college to finish a degree in Music Education. While attending Lincoln University he performed with National Honor Choirs at both Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

As a band and choral director he led students to several national competitions with high markings.
While teaching he also played with an indie band called Squigglefish – a popular rock/blues/reggae power trio at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Rays return to bluegrass came when Producer/guitarist Pat Flynn heard a demo of his originals. After meeting with Pat, Ray decided that it was time to return to his roots.
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  • Members:
    Ray Cardwell-bass Lead vocals, Pat Flynn-guitar, Scott Vestal-Banjo, Rob Ickes-Resonator Guitar, Danny Roberts-mandolin, Andy Leftwich-fiddle, mandolin, Jesse McReynolds-mandolin, John Cowan-vocals, Claire Lynch-vocals, Ronnie Bowman-vocals
  • Sounds Like:
    New Tradition, New Grass Revival, Crucial Smith
  • Influences:
    Ralph and Carter Stanley, Bill Monroe,The Dillards, Robert Johnson, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Son House, New Grass Revival, Bob Marley
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    09/14/16
  • Profile Last Updated:
    10/22/17 18:59:12
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