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Cash O'Riley / Press

"Cash has been playing music since he could walk. "Maybe before," he laughs. Born into a family where everyone played an instrument of some sort, it was natural to him. "It was just what you did." Since that modest beginning, Cash has gotten to eat dinner and talk about Elvis with Wanda Jackson when he opened for her in Cleveland, he's opened for Jerry Lee Lewis in Green Bay, and he was invited to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame induction for Ricky Nelson in Memphis where he played old tunes backstage with Barbara Pittman and W.S. Holland. He's toured from New York to L.A., played the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this past spring and will return there next spring, and he plays regularly in Mid-Michigan. But when asked what his favorite show has been, he doesn't have an answer. "I love every show I do. I am one of the luckiest people alive because I get to do what I love for a living. Every show is my favorite." "...does admit to one downfall to this lifestyle:..."You can't play..."

"I can't help but admire Cash O'Riley..." "I booked Cash at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Stage show at Viva Las Vegas V in 2002. Something funny happened to the group on the way to Las Vegas: they lost a lead guitarist. But that is not the kind of catastrophe that will stop the irrepressible Cash O'Riley: he simply went on with the show without a lead guitarist, although Cash handled some melody chords from his own guitar, but usually played rhythm. The audience feedback was so good from his shows that Tom Ingram booked Cash O'Riley and the Downright Daddies for the Main Stage at Viva Las Vegas VI..." " It just goes to show that talent, ambition, tenacity and the determination of a bull in heat will eventually lead to success" "Cash O'Riley is the kind of guy who will get things done no matter what, and that attitude shows up in this CD, and I have no doubt his show in Viva Las Vegas will further augment his rising reputation, and that is destined to happen..."

" The music is honest to the core and absolutely corrupt. It’s anchored in deep-rooted southern spirituality and at the very same moment it is sinister and frightening. It’s real. This is what I feel whenever I’m lucky enough to catch a show by Cash O’ Riley & the Downright Daddies. They got the spirit like it’s a new religion. They reveal the true country-punk nature of rockabilly and re-interpret the best tendencies of our forefathers while they were on their worst behavior. Cash O’ Riley’s music is transcendent as it illuminates the wisdom of the uneducated – the “damn-right truth that looks pain and sorrow right in the eye, without flinching. Listening to Cash O’ Riley is like scarfin’ down a big stack of pancakes dripping in butter and soaked with a half jar of pure maple syrup…mmm, so good. Only later your stomach is rumbling and all you got to ease the pain is a long neck PBR and a coupla a Jag-bombs. Damn right! Just take a listen to the new cd by the pe

"Meanwhile, back at Purcell's Lounge at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. Cash O'Riley announced that his drummer had just quit, and he started the set playing standup drums instead of his usual guitar, literally not missing a beat and singing the songs like nothing was wrong. After a microphone went bad and Cash quickly put another one in front of him, he told the audience, "We're the Spinal Tap of rockabilly!" Well, I have lots of witnesses that night from Purcell's Lounge who saw the show, and I could honestly say Cash O'Riley & The Downright Daddies did one heck of an animated, rockin', diverse and entertaining set! Cash moved back and forth between stand-up drums and guitar. Their guitarist is a good harmonica player also, and Jonny was playing the saxophone in addition to his usual bass. It wasn't unusual to hear a rockabilly band play "Baby Let's Play House" this week, but Cash really outdid himself on this one. The next time Phil Doran puts on a Rockin' 50's Fest..."

"...strong effort and one that I recommend. It’s especially good while driving in the car, but keep your eye on the speedometer. You're liable to be going a few miles faster when a some of these get cued up. There is another CD available, titled Booze, Lust, Lies and Heartache (which I'd buy just for the title!), and from all accounts that one rocks, too. My recommendation is that, if you get the chance, check out Cash O'Riley. The reviews for the live shows are exuberant, and I really liked one of the comments posted: first time listener, lifetime fan. My recommendation is that you put your money down and let it ride until it comes time for Volume 2."

"Now here’s where I fell in love with this performance. It’s quite a novelty as a burlesque dancer to have a live band rockin’ it as your DJ. And Eve’s Parlor had the guts— and made it glorious— with the Rockabilly band Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies supplying their music for the evening. I’m telling you right now, they were absolutely swoon-worthy. Cash, with his devilishly good looks and sideburns, crooned endlessly into the mic with the classy, sassy style of all that is punk and rock. There was even an upright bass! Timeless."