Melanie Wilson with Wilson Pickins Promotions is pleased to announce the addition of Pinecastle Records artist, Ray Cardwell to her diverse team of bluegrass and roots music artists.

Ray Cardwell brings to the table a progressive “newgrass” style, featuring his powerful vocals, accomplished bass playing and remarkable songwriting skills. His current project, Tennessee Moon, produced by New Grass Revival’s Pat Flynn, is due for release from Pinecastle on January 17, 2017.

“One of the most interesting things about Ray is his range. 
He has a very diverse musical background. We have a bluegrass
foundation, but we’re doing everything from blues and gospel
a cappella to straight-up bluegrass.”   -Pat Flynn

Radio programmers can currently download the Tennessee Moon title track, as well as three gospel singles from the album on Airplay Direct. In August 2016, Airplay Direct announced Ray Cardwell as an Artist Endorsee with their premiere digital delivery / distribution company.

Ray grew up in the ’70’s, performing with his family band which included his parents, Marvin and Wanda, sister Susan and sister Nancy Cardwell, who you may recognize as a former executive director for IBMA. During the ’80’s, he developed his craft by embracing a broad range of genres. Later, Ray went on to become a member of the renowned “New Tradition” bluegrass/gospel band in the 90’s, further honing his diverse skills on stages across the country. His impressive professional music career thus far has included extensive touring with bands that play not only bluegrass, gospel and Americana, but also blues, jazz, country, reggae, rock, rockabilly, musical theatre and more. Cardwell was also an award-winning high school bandleader and choir director.

“Playing bluegrass in Nashville again is something I have
dreamed about,” Cardwell said. “My time in the studio this past
fall is exceeding my wildest expectations. To be playing alongside
musicians I have admired for many years makes me feel as if life
really can come full circle. And following your heart can lead you
through open doors you never dreamed were possible.”

Wilson Pickins looks forward to bringing the bluegrass soul of Ray Cardwell and Tennessee Moon to stages across the United States and Canada and you can pre-order the upcoming release on popular download sites now.

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