Ray Cashman

Gumbo Troubadour

 Some folks play the blues while some write about it and present it as their own because it is. Ray Cashman is the latter. This guy is the real deal. His songs are on the radio around the world and his European show date list alone would be the envy of anybody looking to expand internationally. Yet the man who had moved away to Austin and then on to Nashville returned to his roots in Southeastern Texas. The music down his way is referred to as gulf coast gumbo as it is made up of multiple regional influences both current and from the past.Cashman has had his music featured in NBC sitcom " Council Of Dads" and Tribeca production movie " The Good House" starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Cashman's  2007 release Texassippi Stomp which featured Jimbo Mathus,(Squirrel Nut Zippers, Buddy Guy) was widely praised and placed on a number of critics year end best of lists for blues recordings.  Cashman has toured England, Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary and the USA from the Gulf Coast to Canada and sea to shining sea. Cashman has performed at such notable festivals as SXSW- TX, Swing Wespelaar- BE, Drijf in Blues festival- NL, King Biscuit Blues Festival - AR, Le Blues Autour Du Zinc- FR, Juke Joint Festival-MS, Lucca Blues Festival- IT, Deep Blues festival-MS. Cashman has released 8 full albums with the latest being 2020's highly praised "Palmetto & Pine". After living for over 20 years in music cities such as Austin and Nashville, Cashman resides in the Sam Houston National Forest just outside of Montgomery, TX.


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Blues Blast Magazine

“ Featured Blues Review – 9 of 10  Ray Cashman – Houston Electric Self Release 11 songs – 42 minutes Houston Electric is Texas singer-guitarist-songwriter Ray Cashman’s seventh album and is a raucous collection of hard-driving blues-rock played with joyous abandon. Featuring 11 self-penned tracks, this is the sort of album that provides a perfect accompaniment to a long road trip. Opening with the mid-paced stomp of “Feet On The Ground”, Cashman’s gritty, overdriven slide guitar fits naturally with his weathered, almost gnarled voice. His band are first rate, with Manuel Perez in particular laying down an irresistible rhythm on drums, together with Patrick Neifert on bass and guitar and Gary Belin on backing vocals. In the upbeat primal rock’n’roll of “Good Times”, Cashman’s voice takes on some of the yodelling vulnerability of Phil Alvin, with some suitably wild guitar giving the song a hint of the Black Crowes as Cashman humorously warns about the dangers of hard living and how “the good times never last”. The pace slows slightly for “Devil’s Smile” where Cashman’s outstanding guitar slides just on and off the beat, giving the song real life, while the stuttering guitar riff of “Fire Dance” has echoes of the British blues-rock giants of the late 1960s. Produced by Belin and Cashman and engineered and mastered by Belin at the Rock Shed in Houston, Texas, the songs on Houston Electric are primarily based around guitar riffs, but invariably contain something unusual to retain the listener’s attention. On “Electric Pistol”, for example, Cashman pulls out a wildly arresting guitar solo mid-song. In “Domino”, the opening single notes of an acoustic guitar are rapidly overtaken by a single repeated echoed chord and there is an unexpected chordal middle-eight rather than a guitar solo. Cashman pulls out the slide guitar again for “Pickle Juice” and the slower “Full Moon Over Orlean” (which also includes some beautiful piano from guest Anderson Braun), while the Springsteen-esque “Hard Way” contains a lovely guitar solo that is striking for the cleanness of its tone, in contrast to Cashman’s tone on the other tracks. “Reefer Headed Woman” emphasizes Cashman’s clever lyrics as the protagonist wryly notes the physical benefits he gets from his mellow lady friend. The track also contains some more outstanding slide guitar. The closing track, “Millionaire”, is based around a strummed acoustic guitar over which an electric guitar picks out single note arpeggios. With its distorted guitars, riff-based songs and in-your-face attitude, Houston Electric is very much a blues-rock album rather than pure blues, but it is played with such technical facility, muscular confidence and unabashed joy that it is very hard not to enjoy it. And if your tastes lean towards the heavier side of blues-rock spectrum, you will definitely want to check it out. A rather impressive release. ” - Rhys Williams

— Blues Blast Magazine

Blues Matters 

“CD REVIEWs: RAY CASHMAN SLOW DRAG Knick Knack Records Armed with a national steel guitar, stomp box and fender amp, Ray Cashman the blues singer song-writer normally performs solo. With years of experience touring and playing music in the United States and around Europe, Ray Cashman's music reflects the inspirations of southern gothic literature and a blues gumbo repertoire that conjures up the ghosts of the Mississippi delta. Growing up outside Conroe, Texas. Listening to older black men play guitar, sing and drink, Cashman lives the experiences in his music. “They would sell us BBQ sandwiches and Budweiser beer, we would sit around and listen to them play music and tell stories.” Now living in Nashville 'A gumbo troubadour' Cashman’s mastery of the Southern Cajun and blues styles are highlighted on his sixth album Slow Drag. Released on Knick Knack records, Having the launch party on Cashman’s own home porch, where Fame the opening track would not have been out of place with its relaxed stomp box and guitar. Along with Bleed the only two solo tracks on the recording. Spicing things up with backing from the rhythm section of blues-doom band Gravelroad, Joe Johnson bass and Marty Reinser drums on several of the tracks, The piercing slide guitar work of Nashville's Mark Robinson and the blues harmonica of Bob Bogdel. Some Delta blues With Nana's Diner About a living angel “she walks down the aisle like 12 bar blues" and the gothic Dead Man’s Cadillac. Taking the tempo up with a 12-bar blues groove on She's Just A Girl “she’s much too young to sing the blues." Baby has some understated harmonica playing. Thank God I Have You brings in some subtle slide guitar. The rhythm section is back with the driving Where The Blues Was Born before the heartbreak of lost love on Full Moon Over Orleans with its haunting slide guitar. changing track with the blues gospel of Rise Again. There are some finely crafted songs on this album with enough variation in style and tempo to keep it fresh interesting and enjoyable.  ” - Allen

— Blues Matters


No Country Nashville 

 Ray CashmanAcme Feed & Seed; Nashville, TNSeptember 29, 2015 Words by Jacob Ryan (@GonzoWithGusto). Photos by Mick Leonardy We would like to continue to welcome all of you reading this out there in Music City and beyond to Acme Feed & Seed every Tuesday night, for the weekly showcase from our live events wing, No Country Presents! This past Tuesday’s bill featured bluesman Ray Cashman, high energy indie rockers Waterfall Wash, and, in their final week of a September residency, All Deeds Done. Read on for a full recap, and for some great shots from staff photographer Mick Leonardy.   After a less than stellar weekend for my fantasy football teams, I was eager to get to Acme Tuesday to drown my sorrows in a pint or several. There are worst things in life than loosing at fake football of course, but it’s great to know there’s always a place to go for a drink or bit to eat downtown that won’t have the same ol’ same ol’ mundane honky tonk music. Like a trusted old friend, Feed & Seed is always there for you in a pinch. Ray Cashman. Photo by Mick Leonardy. Mixing up our weekly showcase a bit, I was stoked to see a real-life bluesman doing his thing in front of a good sized dinner crowd. Ray Cashman hails from Conroe, TX, outside Houston, and he has all the dirt and grit to him that you would expect form a Texas blues picker. His hands reminded me of bear paws, as he delicately picked out the notes on his weathered guitar, his rich and crackling voice barking out the lyrics. He had a resonator guitar player accompanying him, whom played with a slide skillfully. There was also an up-right electric bassist, something you definitely don’t see everyday. Together they all bellowed out the the deep blues. My favorite original track, “Feel No Pain,” came early in the set, and a Townes Van Zandt cover later gave me chills. All in all, he was a breath of fresh air and a resident blues practitioner you should get in your life ASAP. ” - Jacob Ryan

— No Country

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Bob Gottlieb.  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. This is Cashman's fifth album and it is filled with eleven songs that reflect on theme's important to him, and all were written by him. These are songs of the hardscrabble South; were there was sometimes not enough food, or love that was askew in one way or another, and always the illicit substances to talk about. It is also the first full disc he did with a band. He plays guitars and banjo as well as handling the vocals, Davis Coen lays down guitar on two tracks, Grace Askew contributes vocals on two tracks, Diego Vasquez tambourine on a track, John Estes bass and organ on a single track, and then Ollie Oshea, fiddle, and Adam Verone drums and washboard are constant throughout the disc. 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. Track List: The Food Song The Simple Life Nobody But You Feeling No Pain Mudbugs Moving Fast Evangeline Skin Holcolm Roll Devil & I Turn the Key Edited by: David N. Pyles ( Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society. This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution. ” - Bob Gottlieb

— Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

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