Sweet Tea Trio + Audrey Ray + Cash O’Riley
Sweet Tea Trio‘s Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker, Kate Falcon hail from Alabama. These ladies have “joined forces to give country music fans their first taste of an all-female trio since groups like the Dixie Chicks and the Pistol Annies. Their trademark is their harmonies and collectively they sing with a beautiful blend of southern charm and a little bit of country twang! They are all singer/songwriters and musicians, but most importantly, you will see true entertainers in the making!”
The trio was first discovered by Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) on YouTube. Ritchie has since taken the girls under his wing; having them open shows at nine arena dates, including six sold-out shows when Kid kicked off the Little Caesars Arena grand opening last fall. Most recently they were invited to perform on Kids’ Chillin The Most Cruise.
Tonight fans we entertained with “Needle in a Haystack“,
“Time Machine“, “When Will I Be Loved“, “Hangovers“, “Boondocks“, “Little White Church“, “Sold“, “Tresspassin‘”, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!“, “7 Bridges Road“, “Summer of ’69“, “Better Man“, “Treat Me Like Your Truck“, “Pour Me“, “Honeysuckle Saturday Night“,
“Fishin’ Condition“, “Rebel Romance“, “The Chain“,
“Hell on Heels“, “Fishin’ in the Dark“/”Long Time Gone”
Audrey Ray brings her sass and style to the stage of The Machine Shop once again! Audrey Ray (lead vox, acoustic guitar), John Massey (bass, vox), Ken Kudsin (drums), Tommy Furbacher (lead guitar), Michael Martin (rhythm guitar, keys, harmonica, vox) performed a 7-song set that included hits and covers – “Hell to Pay“, “Last Goodbye“,
“Cowboy Up & Kiss Me“, “Who’s Sorry Now“, “Back Road Memories“, “Be Honest“, “Any Man“/”Sugar”
Sweet Tea Trio, Audrey Ray, and Cash O’Riley left it all on the stage at The Machine Shop tonight. Fans certainly got their money’s worth!
Stay tuned for:
05/12/18 – Sweet Tea Trio @ Dowagiac Middle School, Dowagiac, MI coverage by John Reasoner!
An interview and album review of Cash O’Riley!
Even more Audrey Ray!
Sweet Tea Trio:
Photographer: Thom Seling
Journalist: Mary Elliott
Sweet Tea Trio – Alabama natives and rising country group Sweet Tea Trio began 2018 with a bang opening for the iconic Kid Rock on January 19th playing to a packed house at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena. What would be truly unforgettable, was that earlier that evening Savannah Coker, Kate Falcon and Victoria Camp, (ages 18-20), better known as Sweet Tea Trio, would add their signatures to a joint venture management agreement between Robert Ritchie (aka Kid Rock) and Ken Levitan (founder and head of the powerhouse Vector Management).
Ritchie/Kid Rock explains, “These young ladies are some of the most talented, kind hearted and hard working singers and players I have ever met. At their young ages they are already becoming fast scholars of the road and writing songs. In my opinion they pick up where the Dixie Chicks and Pistol Annies meet. They are 100% country and I look forward to sharing my 30 years in this business to get them an honest shot at the big time.“
Interestingly, Levitan managed Kid Rock at the beginning of the artist’s career right through his meteoric rise. They parted ways professionally after five years, but they remained friends and were always open to working together again. Kid Rock discovered the girls through an internet video of the Trio singing a song they had written for the annual Deer Expo called Hunt’n is Good. He extended an invitation to them to join him as a guest and performer on last year’s eighth annual Chillin the Most Cruise, where his fans fell in love with the group.
Sweet Tea Trio completed an impressive 2017 with nine arena dates opening for, and performing with, Kid Rock in Michigan and Indiana. They were also chosen by LiveNation to be the opener for Bon Jovi in Birmingham, AL and wowed fans at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville.
“The three of us feel so honored that Kid Rock and Ken (Levitan) have given us this incredible opportunity. The entire team at Vector and Lost Highway feels like a family and we cannot wait to see what the future holds. We give all the glory to God and we are so excited! We love our country music family and are looking forward to making music, hitting the road, and hopefully giving country music a sugar rush!”, says Sweet Tea Trio.
The Trio’s self titled EP debuted on the i-Tunes Country Chart at number 11 this past June and has delighted audiences and impressed the country music industry alike. The EP was produced by Jason Wyatt (former lead singer of The Lost Trailers) with Executive Producer Matt Rovey (Craig Campbell, Dean Brody). The Trio have two original songs on the six-song project; the other songs are written by top Nashville writers including Josh Kear, Mark Irwin, Brandi Clark, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Sweet Tea Trio have set their sights on California, opening for the legendary country group Alabama later this month in Ontario, CA and will be performing several dates with Kid Rock on his current tour.
-More- Originally from Alabama, the now Nashville-based trio met in 2013 through a Birmingham artist development program called Nashville Bound. Each artist sang individually when they initially entered the program but quickly felt an instant vocal connection once they sang together. The Trio has been performing together ever since.
They made their national television debut singing at the Talladega Superspeedway, and have shared the stage with acts such as Lonestar, Tracy Lawrence, Scotty McCreery, Diamond Rio, Drake White, Shenandoah and others. The trio were named Alabama’s Country Female Artist of the Year for 2016. In 2017, they were chosen by LiveNation to be the opener for Bon Jovi in Birmingham, and they performed six shows as a special guest of Kid Rock on his eighth annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise.
In July of 2013, the trio had an opportunity to sing at the World Deer Expo in Birmingham, AL. They entered a vocal competition and won the “Do You Have the C Factor?” – a spin off of X-Factor but related to country music. This first place win gave them the opportunity to compete at the Midsouth Fair, one of the largest and longest running talent competitions in the world. Past winners and finalists of this event include most notably Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and Justin Timberlake. After only singing together for a few months, Sweet Tea Trio came away from the Midsouth Fair with First Place Sweepstakes Winner in September 2013.
During their exposure at the World Deer Expo, the trio was asked to write a song for the company, Huntin’ is Good. This was their first song to garner major attention from the hunting industry. Their performance and professional skills landed them the chance to sing at the annual Country Goes Hunting event, in Blakely, Georgia in March 2014 and 2015 which includes national country artists and songwriters.
2014 became a very fast paced performance and songwriting year for the trio. They were gathering fans everywhere they went. They performed at festivals, fundraisers and locations around the state of Alabama as well as in Nashville and were the featured music artists on a television show, Cookin’ it Wyld Style, on the Discovery network channel, Destination America.
A major achievement for the trio that year was winning the largest and longest running country music talent search in the nation – the 33rd annual Country Music Showdown for the state of Alabama and Georgia.
Their influence soon spread to Music City. They have performed in Nashville at Rippy’s, the Bluebird Café, The Tin Roof and are frequent performers at The Row. Mike Peck, the booking agent for The Row, has said, “They are the best I’ve seen in a long time and should be on a fast track for much bigger things.”
Sweet Tea Trio has always believed in the power of their fans to help share their story. They appeal to the very young, littlest fans to those that are still young at heart, who know a good thing when they see it. Their fans and promoters not only love the music but always have a complimentary word to say about the amazing energy and enthusiasm that Sweet Tea Trio brings to the stage. They also share how kind and authentic the trio is, noting how they take the time to meet their fans, sign autographs and share stories. Sweet Tea Trio knows that it’s these moments that make them feel blessed to get to do what they love.
Audrey Ray – Growing up in the small town of Highland, Michigan country music singer-songwriter Audrey Ray made her move to the bright lights. Country music was always playing in her home and she was always encouraged to sing everywhere she went. Early on, Audrey was influenced by a wide variety of music from her father. She was very much influenced by tunes of Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Patty Griffin and Steve Earle. After learning piano and playing for a number of years, Audrey found a new inspiration with the guitar. Thanks to her father, he taught her three chords and Audrey taught herself the rest.
“I guess you can say the music I play really comes down to: three chords and the truth.” – Audrey Ray
In 2012, Audrey released her first single “Reckless” to iTunes which was co-written by Audrey and producer Shane D. Grush. “Reckless” became a very important song to Audrey and she was able to perform live at 99.5 WYCD Studios with Rob Stone. Later that night in the studio, “Reckless” was played over the airwaves for the first time August 12, 2012 during the live in studio event, “Thursday Night Live with Rob Stone” thanks to 99.5 WYCD. Audrey was also honored to perform a showcase at BB Kings in Nashville, Tennessee where she performed her debut single “Reckless” to a full-room of country music fans. Audrey has also opened up for local hometown Michigan country rockers: Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, in her hometown filled local bar and never will forget that moment. Audrey Ray has also shared the stage with Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys multiple times throughout the years at Quake on the Lake, in Waterford, MI, (2015) and at The Shelter, in Detroit Michigan (2015).
In 2013, Ray released “Hell to Pay” to iTunes, written by Audrey Ray and co-written with Shane D. Grush, and spent time in the studio creating new material and performing. Audrey has also performed at 99.5 WYCD’s Nashville in the Neighborhood Concert Series in Downtown Mt. Clemens in 2013.
Country music singer-songwriter, Audrey Ray, is quickly becoming a household name. Just at 25 years old, Audrey Ray has performed numerous concerts throughout her hometown state of Michigan, and has even made a name for herself performing outside of Michigan as well. 2015 marked one of the best years yet for Audrey Ray, as she and her band made her first appearance at 99.5 WYCD’s Downtown Hoedown, Friday, June 5th as the first act to open up the Hoedown, including other stars: Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses, Cam and more. Audrey Ray was also featured onWDIV Channel 4’s Live In The D, to kick off the Hoedown, with a live in studio performance, opened up for CMA New Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee, Kelsea Ballerini to a crowd of 20,000+ at AquaPalooza on Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan, brought to you by, NASH FM 93.1 Detroit, and Colony Marine along with country newcomer, John King. Audrey Ray also made her first appearance in 2015 performing at The Legendary Machine Shop, in Flint, Michigan opening up for a room-full of country music fans for Jon Pardi on his “All Time High Tour 2015.”
2015 marked an incredible year for Ray. From performing at numerous bars, private parties to summer festivals.
From touring all over Michigan to Cincinnatti, Ohio at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, to Fort Wayne, Indiana at The Rusty Spur Saloon, The Backroads Saloon in Marshall, Michigan, The Gate Bar & Grill in Big Rapids, Michigan and much more. In 2015, Audrey Ray also made another live in studio performace at NASH FM 95.1 Flint with a live on air performance with Tim Shickles, where she was able to perform a sneak preview of her new song,”Back Road Memories.”
Audrey Ray wrapped up 2015, with writing a new song with her band, “Back Road Memories” written by: Audrey Ray, Thomas Furbacher, Kevin Kanka, John Massey and Ken Kudsin coming home from a show in Cincinnati, Ohio. Back Road Memories became a very special song to Audrey and the rest of the band, as everyone played a huge role in the writing process. Also in 2015, Audrey Ray released her first Offical Music Video to Vevo for “Back Road Memories” filmed and directed by Michigan local EMMY nominated Director/Writer/Producer, Sam Logan Khaleghi, who also produced multiple music videos for Michigan local country rockers, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys. With an incredible 2015 under her belt, Audrey Ray got added to perform at The 2nd Annual A Very Country Christmas Presented by: Live Nation Detroit, with Paulina Jayne and Daniel Harrison and the $2 Highway leaving 2015 on a high note at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, Michigan.
Audrey Ray is currently working on a 5 song EP in the studio, and “Back Road Memories” is currently being re-mastered and will be released to iTunes in late January 2016.
Cash O’Riley – Booze, Lust, Lies & Heartache…Sounds from a trailer park in the swamp filled with lustful heathens with unbridled rebellion that refuse to keep their shoes on…Born in Jackson, MI and raised a gypsy kinda life between Eastern Kentucky and Lake County, Florida, Cash O’Riley writes and sings songs about Hard Livin’, Tough Lovin’ and the temptations of Good and Evil. Raised on the likes of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline as well as Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley AND Motley Crue, The Misfits, Ramones and Fugazi, Cash’s music is a blend of Rock & Roll, Blues, Folk, Punk, Country, Bluegrass and sometimes a little Jazz and Funk.
Before the release of his first album Booze, Lust, Lies & Heartache(2002), Cash O’Riley began to make a strong name and reputation for himself at major U.S. festivals such as Viva Las Vegas, Rockin’ 50’s Fest, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend and opening for such artists as The Reverend Horton Heat and Wayne Hancock. By the release of Get Lucky, Break Down or Die! (2006) Cash become a regular on many circuits and gained a dedicated and loyal following. Being invited to and performing at Ricky Nelson’s induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN and becoming a reccurring act on Tom Ingram’s Viva Las Vegsas festival. Though the next few years would prove to a struggle both personally and professionally, Cash O’Riley remained dedicated and determined to succeed. In 2013 Cash suffered a mild stroke during sexual activities with his girlfriend brought on by a rigorous performing schedule and a poor diet of whiskey, cigarettes and bar food. O’Riley did recover quickly and was featured on the TLC Show Sex Sent Me To The ER which started to gain him fans abroad; five of Cash’s original songs were used in the re-inactment and live footage. In 2014 Cash began touring the country as a One Man Band in a 1964 Chevy Bel-Air and working on a new album. Playing steady club dates along the East Coast and Mid-West while playing festivals like the New England Shake-Up, Billetproof, Fire In The Hills, Mountain Jam and Mississippi Mayhem to mention a few. He also built his first Oil Can Guitar from an Epihone Dot that he had smashed onstage and a 2 Gallon WWII Oil Can found at an Antique Store. This started springing him farther into Roots Music whille yearning for a more raw, dirty, romantic yet haunting sound. In the midst of this transition, Cash was nominated twice (2016/2017) for an Ameripolitan Award in the category of Outlaw Male in Austin, TX. Losing once to Whitey Morgan and once to Hank Williams III. These nominations began to fuel the fire of Cash’s desire to complete the new album and explore a new direction. In the spring of 2016 Cash O’Riley began sessions for Stewed & Screwed Hellbilly Blues Vol. 1 – Music For Sirens & Sinners. Being a One Man band but still wanting a complete, full sounding studio album, Cash decided that the studio itself would becme an instrument as well. Writing every track and playing all instruments (Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Electric and Upright Bass, Harmonica, Banjo and Drums), it took Cash a year to complete the project. Since it’s release in 2017, it has proven to be Cash’s finest work yet. Expanding his touring regions and placing him again on major festivals like, Sins Of Steel, Moonrunner’s Festival, SYMCO and has placed him opening for David Alan Coe at the Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan on FOUR consecutive SOLD OUT shows. In January of 2018 Cash decided that adding a bass player to his band would help create live what he had accomplished in the studio. Since then, Cash O’Riley and Mike Craycraft have been burning up the highways and tearing up the stages. They have just completed filming for Wild Women with Black Sedan Productions based in Detroit, Michigan and will be releasing it very soon.
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