Ray Cashman is an American roots musician. He plays guitar, sings and writes, usually about life’s struggles and challenges.
Cashman grew up outside of Conroe, TX, listening to older black men play guitar, sing and drink. “They would sell us BBQ sandwiches and Budweiser beer. We would sit around and listen to them play and tell stories. I felt privileged to be sitting where most white folks wouldn’t want to be.”
First and foremost, Cashman consider himself a songwriter, guitar and singing come in successive order. “I play the blues for the reason of purity. Pure unadulterated emotion is what I think our music is all about. It doesn’t matter about the crowd or money, as long as the emotion is at it’s highest levels, every thing will be alright“. Filled with experiences of his travels on the road and inspirations of Southern Gothic literature his songs get straight to the point.
Cashman’s 2007 release Texassippi Stomp, which featured Grant “Gabby’ Brown on harmonica and Jimbo Mathus on a variety of instruments, was placed on the nominated ballot for best traditional blues album of 2007 Grammy Awards. Since 2001, Cashman has played an average of 150 shows a year in North America and Europe. Cashman has released five full length albums. The latest being 2013’s Rough And Tumble South.
After a 3 year stint in the Army cashman has worked as a carpenter, forklift driver, mystery shopper, field hand, fry cook, car salesman, long distance driver, bartender, store clerk, plumber, handyman, roofer, and a stay at home dad.