Ray has returned to pursue a career in our music following a layoff of several years, after having dedicated much of his youth to performing. He is a powerhouse vocalist in the new grass style who regularly draws comparisons to the great John Cowan. In fact his upcoming album, Tennessee Moon, was produced by former New Grass Revival guitarist, Pat Flynn.
Now Ray has his own group, and will be working with Melanie and the Wilson Pickins staff and their booking and publicity services. Other talent with the agency include Edgar Loudermilk, Kim Robins, Kristi Stanley Randall Hibbitts, The Bluegrass Outlaws, Grasstowne, Cumberland Gap Connection, and several others.
Cardwell had been working with his sister, former IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, who served as his manager and booking representative until she took on full time responsibilities with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee a few weeks ago. Nancy tells us that she is delighted to see Ray in such capable hands with Wilson Pickins.
Tennessee Moon is set for a mid-January release on Pinecastle Records. It is available now to radio programmers at Airplay Direct.