Live Country Blues featuring… CARI RAY & THE SHAKY LEGS!
Cari Ray is a storyteller who tells her tales through song; songs that manifest themselves in ones’ mind, transporting them to somewhere in the early part of the last century…perhaps sitting at the back table or out on the dance floor of a back alley juke joint. Cari’s influences as a writer and performer are clear and present in her original material, spanning a wide range of early American music…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 of percussionist and long-time collaborator, Dionne War, and you have Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs. With a unique blend of hear and grit, this power duo will have your heart breaking one minue and your hips shaking the next…all while wondering where they’re hiding the rest of the band.
One spin of Bad & Better Angels will explain what all the fuss is about. This is Ray’s 4th full-length recording, but the first to have the duo’s powerful vocals and sparse instrumentation front and center. The duo chose country blues master Reverend Peyton, known for his skill of creating a huge sound from simple instrumentation, to produce a record that they hoped would capture the full sound that is the Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs’ live show. 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.
Paradiddle Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album, “Foothill Freeway,” explores the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his work with his former band. Mancini was inspired to release Foothill Freeway after hearing the story songs of artists like Guy Clark and Bruce Springsteen. This storytelling influence is on full display throughout the title track, which features a sparse arrangement reminiscent of Jason Isbell and Jackson Browne. In addition to the original songs on the album, Mancini tackled renditions of songs by Russ Seeger, Wes Houston, and Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention, Plainsong), who is a guest vocalist on “Cartwheel Avenue.”
Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Steve Forbert and Iain Matthews.