I could say that Cari Ray is a superb, technical musician when she works the frets. That would be true. I could also say that Cari Ray’s voice is better than strong—it rings in even, resplendent peals of sound. That would also be true. I could say that Cari Ray evokes that sort of proud, confident, Midwestern independence which commands respect the moment you step in her presence. Yep, that’s true, also. And I could say that Cari Ray’s lyrical skills mix both tender honesty with frank bluntness…depending on the circumstances. Again…true. Any one of these attributes would be reason enough to grab a seat and check out a set. Combine them, and you’re all but compelled to watch her perform.