Cari Ray and The Shaky Legs
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Cari Ray and The Shaky Legs

Nashville, IN | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Nashville, IN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Duo Americana Folk




"Cari Ray, A Life-Altering Experience"

There’s music you love to dance to, music you love to work out with, music you just love to love and then, there’s Cari that moves your soul.

- Indy Magazine

"Cari Ray Releases Her Debut Album Titled Always On"

The first thing that grabs me is the lyrics.Cari Ray writes all of her own lyrics andyou can tell that she has lived through them
too. Her lyrics are deep, vested in the soulof a woman who has lived, loved, laughed,and shared just about every other human
emotion with her pen and paper -

"The Year in Local Music: Folk, etc."

Singer-songwriter Cari Ray seemingly came out of nowhere
in October of this year with her debut album, Always On,
garnering well-deserved praise and filling seats wherever
she played. - Nuvo Newsweekly

"Ray's Writing Shines on Debut CD"

Every once in a while, I’ll get a CD in the mail that I can listen to, start to finish,without pausing or stopping. Jamie Johnson’s was the last one, until I got a hold of local singer/songwriter Cari Ray’s debut
CD, Always On - Indy Metromix

"Always On — Her Mind"

Many more enjoyed the sound of her pitch-perfect, Gibraltar-solid, alto-soprano voice and guitar work…Ray’s polished performance impressed the crowd. - Terre Haute Tribune Star

"Hot Spots: Catch This Ray"

Cari Ray is an amazing singer/songwriter who blends Americana with blues, folk-rock and a sprinkle of old-time country. In 2015, she won the blues songwriting competition at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. She’ll perform Friday night at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. - Bloomington Herald Times

"Tonic Ball 14: Scenes from the Tina Turner stage"

Sparkly gorgeousness from Andy D and Anna Vision, rocking sets from Kate Lamont and Cari Ray, more good vibes than you can handle. This is the Tonic Ball Tina Turner stage. - Nuvo Newsweekly


Always On

Modern Relic


Bad & Better Angels



Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs have played blues, roots and folk festivals across the country including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Woodstock Folk Festival, Central Ohio Folk Festival, Riverroots Festival, and the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival as well as being awarded official showcases at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest and Southwest Folk Alliance Conferences. Additionally, Cari was a 2018 Grassy Hill New Folk Finalist at Kerrville. Their style, humor, and ability to connect with an audience combine in a way that has them appeal to a broad range of ages and backgrounds and secures them rave reviews from promoters and audiences alike.

Cari Ray is an award-winning songwriter and storyteller that can transport you a back alley juke joint around the early part of the last century. Cari’s influences as a writer and performer are clear and present in her original material…a helping of acoustic blues, a little folk, a rasher of ragtime, and a slight flavor of old-time country. Her live show serves it up handily with quick wit, tasty fingerstyle guitar, and a huge voice. Add the powerful harmony vocals and tasteful percussion of Dionne Ward, and you have Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs. With a smile and a wink, this talented duo will have your heart breaking one minute and your hips shaking the next, all while wondering where they’re hiding the rest of band.

The duo chose country blues master Reverend Peyton, known for his skill of creating a huge sound from simple instrumentation, to produce “Bad & Better Angels,” a record that they hoped would capture the full sound that is the Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs’ live show. One spin of the record will explain what all the fuss is about. This is Ray’s fourh full-length recording, and the first to have the duo’s powerful vocals and instrumentation front and center. As a tip of the hat to some of the early recordings of the last century, the project was recorded with vintage, analog gear in the sanctuary of a former church. The result is a compelling mix of songwriting and sound. In the more than six years since the pair teamed up, Ray and Ward have combined to create a sound that is not only distinctly theirs but one that feels simultaneously vintage and contemporary. 

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