Flat12 Bierwerks Indianapolis Presents:
An Evening with Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs
(Bad & Better Angels - CD Release Show)
Doors at 8pm // Show at 9pm
$7 Advance // $10 Door
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 finger-style guitar, and a huge voice. Add the powerful harmony vocals of percussionist and long-time collaborator, Dionne Ward, and you have Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs. With a unique blend of heart and grit, this power 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.
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.