Hometown: nolensville, TN
Label: D Bomb Records
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.
“I just received the newest release, Rough and Tumble South, by Ray Cashman. This is a very enjoyable rural sounding release without a lot of the pretense often built into a super stud recording. Nice job!”
Charles LoBue - B Man Blues Report
“Ray Cashman’s fifth album Rough & Tumble South is a full-band journey into blistering juke joint music chock full of banjos, fiddles and grit, best played when cranked up to 11. Cashman reminds me of another excellent blues and jug band who were one of my favourites growing up, called the Tarbox Ramblers from Massachusetts (on Rounder Records). Both artists achieve a high-energy raw hillbilly roots sound that really captures the ear and gets the toe tapping. Rough & Tumble South is a genuine diamond in the blues world. This is a strong, strong recording. Listeners are encouraged to visit Cashman’s website and consider picking up a copy of Rough & Tumble South for themselves. Highly recommended.”
Paul Swashbuckl - Country Chorus
“Raw and rough in the very best uses of the words; it is primal and in a sense savage, coarse, unpolished, and yet sincere and honest. The music is a melting pot of swamp, Cajun, psychedelic, Preservation Hall jazz, some punk in there too for good measure. It is an interesting hodge-podge of music and the band behind Ray Cashman fits right in there. If you are looking for the polish and smoothness of a Lyle Lovett or Yvette Landry or even Steve Riley - no. This is the un-adulterated mash up of a man/band that plays with passion and feeling and honesty and subtly be damned. It is rural and it is unrefined and natural, and it is definitely a disc that should not be missed because in its unrefined rawness is its power.”
Bob Gottlieb - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Ray Cashman’s gritty baritone vocals stand out as well his bluesy guitar riffs. Banjos, horns and fiddles and some washboard thrown in for texture help give the album a true southern feel that anyone can move to. Rough and Tumble South is definitely an album to take notice of and is one that both long-time fans and newcomers to Cashman’s catalog can appreciate.”
Leslie Armstrong - Nashville Country Club
“When I’m feelin’ a little blue, a little pent up, I don’t wanna hear some wussie band trying to impress us with their latest artistic epiphany….I wanna hear a guy like Ray Cashman! Cashman takes all the best rock an’ roll sensibilities he grew up with and infuses them with his own deep roots/blues vision. This no-frills combination really works and there’s no mistaking the signature Cashman sound. This is the music that hits all the buttons to re-energize any fallen spirit. With a good dose of boogie thrown in, expect the dance floor to fill quickly too! This is high energy spirited music, and while I’ve never seen Ray live, I’ve got a feeling his shows are quite memorable. Clearly Ray enjoys what he does and does it well, and that comes through loud and clear. If you can’t catch Ray live, grab a copy of 2007’s Stomp or 2010’s Snake Feast. It’s the next best thing!
Elliott Morehardt - boston blues society
“Snake Feast "a successor from appreciated. Simultaneously with this release, we wonder how in heaven's possible that this band still does not take office at some festival in the Low Countries. This is a live band of choice!
The whole sounds is a bit rougher, than the previous release but this only demonstrates that one of their strengths is versatility. This is an absolutely top level and it is high time that this duo is known in Europe. Our deep admiration they already have, Cashman just waiting for your recognition!
Luc Meert - WWW.REVIEWTHEBLUES.COM
“This is for fans of blues right up front.
Ray Cashman (vocals, guitars) and Grant "Gabby" Brown (harmonica) together form the basis of the formidable, provocative blues duo Cashman.
Their second album "Texassippi Stomp" could obtain no better title, it perfectly expresses the content of this album. It drags you into a stunning strip of raw Mississippi juke-joint music. Cashman are masters at bringing catchy, dead honest, enthusiastic blues. In ten of the eleven self-written songs are the sleeves rolled up, and Cashman is released against a power that the sweat from our speakers was splashing. A fantastic album that we can not recommend enough.
Luc Meert - WWW.REVIEWTHEBLUES.COM
“Not for the faint of heart is Cashman, purveyor of full-frontal downhome blues, as subtle as a tornado funnel or an artillery blast.This is rude, raucous Mississippi juke-joint music, much less delta than hill country -- the sort of raw approach whose then-surviving (and some since-deceased) native practitioners (including T Model Ford, R.L. Burnside, Paul "Wine" Jones and Robert Belfour) the Oxford, Mississippi, label Fat Possum famously recorded and promoted. Cashman's uncompromising approach renders trivial, even absurd, conventional notions of "authenticity.
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Jerome Clark - rambles culture and art magazine
“Friday, April 03, 2009
Madison WI show review
Having the Cashman
duo in studio for the show with a sort of unplugged session was nothing
like hearing that raucous Mississippi juke-joint music, live in a tunnel like bar room setting. Ray and Todd
were making winds swirl and snakes get up and run….The rawness of these
kinds of blues slid off the git-tar in a serpentine dance mingling with
the dancing girls. We got a taste of some of the old and some brand new
unreleased material as well as some traditional blues sounds including
a kicking “In my Time of Dying”, which was one of those songs
you almost never want to hear end when in a live setting. I know the
guys made a good impact on the scene and I look forward to seeing them
back here in Madtown in July bending ears and stomping feet. MR G.
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