Cari Ray and Dean Johanesen at Hideaway Cafe. Live music in Downtown St. Pete.
“Dean´s style draws from a number of influences, but appeals to fans of Country, Americana, and Gypsy Jazz. A consummate performer, Dean not only tells good stories through his music, but seems to live them in every note.” – Steve McAllister – SRQ Music Scene
Cari Ray’s songs sound authentic because they are. Born into a musical family and raised on a rural Indiana farm, her musical roots were planted in bluegrass, blues & southern gospel. And while her style lands solidly in the Roots/Americana category, flavors of her early influences peek through in her songs. The Cash-esque “Red Line” will take you rattling down the tracks with a jilted lover while the ballad “Lighting” will stir you with a story about passionate love with poor timing. Whether relaying triumph or tragedy, her songs have a universal quality that allows the listener to effortlessly drop into the story and live it for him or herself.