Cari Ray talks roots, music and cowboy boots


NASHVILLE, Ind. — Cari Ray belted out her first song when she was 3. In junior high, she wrote poetry. Now she spends her weeks performing at small, intimate venues, connecting with her audience and sharing her own story in lyrics.

Originally from Parke County, Ind., the Bluesy-Americana artist calls the village of Nashville home. She plays in cafes and wineries across the state with her next show set for 5:30 p.m. May 23 at Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville.

Take a peek at this conversation with Cari as she discusses how she got started, what venues she prefers to play and how she views music and life.

Her summer schedule includes:

June 4, 7 p.m., The Jailhouse Cafe, Rockville
June 12, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
June 16, 8 p.m., Clifton’s Pizza, Louisville, Ky.
June 19, 7 p.m., Central Park Plaza, Warsaw
July 4, 4 p.m., Oliver Winery, Bloomington
July 10, 9:30 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, Newport, Ky.
July 16, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
July 18, 6:30 p.m., Danville Summer Sounds on the Square, Danville
July 24, 7 p.m., Chateau Thomas Winery, Nashville
July 26, 6:30 p.m., Bryan Park, Bloomington
Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Foster Park, Kokomo
Aug. 29, 4 p.m., Creekbend Vineyard, Ellettsville

For more information, go to her website at