Blues Magazine (Netherlands) Reviews B&BA

By Fons Delemarre of BLUES MAGAZINE
Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs have made a new album: ‘Bad & Better Angels’. Looking for info about the unknown Cari Ray I found comparisons with musicians like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, The White Stripes, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and George Jones.

Listening to her new album, I have to conclude that – however improbable it sounds at such a list – those references are correct. In her music you can hear acoustic blues, folk, ragtime and ‘old-time country’ sounding well together. View more →

The Making of “Bad & Better Angels”

Looks like a heavy-duty planning session. That guy on the right is Jake Belser, owner of Primary Sounds Studios. It was a rare treat to actually have him at the board.

Cari sat down recently to talk a little about the making of “Bad & Better Angels.” This record is decidedly raw and stripped down when compared to her earlier recordings. “I felt like this book of songs was the most exposed, intimate set I had ever put together, and I wanted there to be as little as possible between the listener and the vocal delivery of melody and lyric. These songs are not Continue reading →

Preorder Bad & Better Angels Now! Out April 27

Hi ya’ll! We are happy to announce that our much-anticipated new project will release on April 27. Make sure to check out the new Shaky Shop. All preorders will be autographed, and we’ve also put together some cool preorder packages so you’ll have all the swag…music, shirts, koozies, guitar picks and more! Preorders will ship out Monday, April 23 to arrive on or before the official release date!


Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs

Musical partnerships come in many forms and achieve different levels of success. You work with other musicians, and the whole you create from your individual parts feels like it moves the material along in a way you couldn’t on your own. But once in a while, there’s a pairing that rises to achieve something special, almost magical.

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“Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch someone [like Cari Ray] who can nail them both.” – Donovan Wheeler, National Road Magazine
“The result is a wonderful combination of skillfully written songs that are bare, yet full-sounding.” – Blues Magazine

Cari Ray is a storyteller who who tells her tales through song; songs that manifest themselves in one’s mind in a way that transports you to somewhere in the early 20th Century.

Her influences as a writer and performer are front and center 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, evocative voice.

She continues to draw accolades for songwriting, most recently with her track “It’s About Me” winning the blues songwriting competition at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival and selection to the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. Solo or with her band, playing for 20 or 2000, Cari finds a way to strike a perfect balance between energy and intimacy. With a unique blend of heart and grit, this powerhouse entertainer just doesn’t miss.


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