Ray Cashman plays American music. Well, naw, really it's Cashman music. That's it. It's not just blues, or folk blues or country, or folk, or yr mama. It's the sound of what Ray has absorbed through life, it's the sound of his culture, the sound of his country-ness, if you will. It's as American as bacon wrapped around most anything. It's salty, crisp, hot and greasy with maybe some coarse ground pepper and a little sweetness. He's got a new album out called Rough And Tumble South. It's his story that he's telling. It might be yours, too.
"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 music and tell stories. I felt privileged to be sitting there among them.”
First and foremost, Cashman considers himself a songwriter. Guitar and singing follow in successive order. “I have written songs since I can remember. Once I moved to Austin, TX, I learned from seasoned pro's the dos and don'ts of songwriting.” 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. He has released 5 full-length albums. The latest being 2012’s Rough & 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. He resides in Nolensville, TN with his wife and son."
Here's Ray's Indiegogo video proposal for this album. I think he was more than successful in what he set out to do.