Musician Cash O'Riley describes what people can expect from one of his shows: Good ol' American Roots, Rock-n-Roll, Jump Blues, Honky Tonk, Punk, Swing, Bluegrass, Jazz. "It's got it all," he explains. "It's derived from everything I grew up on and listen to now."
Cash has been playing music since he could walk. "Maybe before," he laughs. Born into a family where everyone played an instrument of some sort, it was natural to him. "It was just what you did."
Since that modest beginning, Cash has gotten to eat dinner and talk about Elvis with Wanda Jackson when he opened for her in Cleveland, he's opened for Jerry Lee Lewis in Green Bay, and he was invited to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame induction for Ricky Nelson in Memphis where he played old tunes backstage with Barbara Pittman and W.S. Holland. He's toured from New York to L.A., played the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this past spring and will return there next spring, and he plays regularly in Mid-Michigan. But when asked what his favorite show has been, he doesn't have an answer. "I love every show I do. I am one of the luckiest people alive because I get to do what I love for a living. Every show is my favorite. No matter where I'm playing...I'm getting to play."
Next year, Cash O'Riley and the DownRight Daddies will have their tenth anniversary as a band. They have previously released two albums, 2002's Booze, Lust, Lies and Heartaches...Tales of Steppin' Off the Rural Route
and 2006's Get Lucky, Break Down or Die
. The current line-up of the DownRight Daddies has Rayce Ribble of Saginaw on the upright bass and Joseph Simpson of Lapeer on drums. Cash says playing with Ribble and Simpson is always fun. "I really dig this line-up. We have a lot of energy together on stage and have a great time. Every one of us just loves music and loves playing." In the next few months, they will be heading into the studio to record three new CDs: "A new full length original, a concept EP, and for fun, I'm doing a Christmas album for the kiddies' stockings this year," Cash grins.
But before the release of those albums, fans can look forward to an all day music festival hosted by Cash and the DownRight Daddies. Through the years, Cash has formed a friendship with Bo White, owner of White's Bar, which has resulted in Bo trusting Cash with the bar for a day. O'Riley's Music Carnival began three years ago as the Michigan Music Stash, and it has grown into quite the event. This year's show includes thirteen bands from across the state, vendors, barbecue, a caricature artist, and games, including a dunk tank. Cash says, "It's going to have an old timey carnival feel to it."
While life appears to be all fun and games for Cash, he does admit to one downfall to this lifestyle: "You can't play rock and roll and go to heaven." Then again, that still does sound like a lot of fun.
The O'Riley Music Carnival
takes place on July 25th from 12pm - 2am at White's Bar (2609 State Street, Saginaw). Price of admission is ten dollars. Ages: 18 and up. To keep up-to-date on Cash O'Riley and the Downright Daddies, visit their myspace page at http://myspace.com/orileymusic