“My life spins on the tip of the Devil's middle finger”
Booze, Lust, Lies & Heartache... Somewhere between Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, Cash O'Riley writes and sings songs about Hard Livin', Tough Lovin' and the temptations of Good and Evil.
Cash has performed at worldly recognized venues such as Knuckleheads (Kansas City, MO) - The Dollhut (Anahiem, CA) - The Mercury Lounge (Tulsa, OK) - The Mineshaft (Madrid, New Mexico) - Mag Bar (Louisville, KY) - Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH) - Rum Boogie Blues Hall (Memphis, TN) - King's Palace (Memphis, TN) - The Dead Horse (San Angelo, TX) - The Sand Dollar (Las Vegas, NV) - The Southgate House Revival (Newport, KY) - The Third Street Dive (Louisville, KY) - Kimbro's Legendary Pickin' Parlor (Franklin, TN) and is a regular performer and staple at The Machine Shop in his town of residence - Flint, MI.
Cash has also opened for major acts such as David Allan Coe, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Reverend Horton Heat, Shooter Jennings, Dan Baird, Paul Cauthen, The Deep South and Wayne Hancock to name a few.
2016 Ameripolitan Award Nominee (Austin,TX)
2017 Ameripolitan Award Nominee (Austin,TX)
2018 Capital Area Blues Brawl Winner (Lansing,MI)
2019 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist (Memphis, TN)
Memphis, TN, 2019.
Ameripolitan Awards 2016 - Austin ,TX - Nominee - Outlaw Male
Ameripolitan Awards 2017 - Austin, TX - Nominee: Outlaw Male
David Allan Coe wsg Cash O'Riley - SOLD OUT (Six Consecutive Dates 2016-2019)
3rd Coast Magazine - Freeform American Roots Chart:
"Get Lucky, Break Down or Die!" Charts and TIES with "Last Man Standing" by Jerry Lee Lewis! (2006)
Interview with Ponyboy Magazine - NYC
PONYBOY: Cash, we first saw you perform at Viva Las Vegas a few years back. Please tell us a bit about your background?
CASH O’RILEY: My first out of state gig was Viva Las Vegas in 2002 when it was still at the Gold Coast. Barry Klein, a writer for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, saw me in Detroit on the Motor City Spinout and asked if I’d be interested in a side stage performance for VLV. For no pay and not even a demo recorded, I purchased bus tickets for the band and we hit it. We had such a great showing that Tom had already had an email waiting for me when I got home, inviting me to the mainstage for the next year.
PONYBOY: When and how did you first start getting into music?
CASH O’RILEY: I got my first guitar from my grandad at four years old while visiting Kentucky and it never left my side. I knew then and there that the music had chosen me. I could never afford or even cared for lessons. I watched what everybody I respected did and made it my own. I always cared about the sound and feeling much more than the technical aspects. It’s always been very emotional for me.
PONYBOY: Who have been your musical inspirations?
CASH O’RILEY: My uncle David Montgomery first and foremost. Growning up we moved alot and I was exposed to and liked an array of styles and bands. I grew up in the country and the city. If I had to name a few, it’d go a bit like this…Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Farion Young, John Cougar, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, the Cult, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Ray Charles, Motley Crue, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, Misfits (Danzig), Agent Orange, Jackie Wilson and just about anything written by Otis Blackwell.
360 MainStreet Interview - "You Can't Play Rock-n-Roll and Go To Heaven"
...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."
Barry Klein - Rockabilly Hall of Fame - Review of "Booze, Lust, Lies & Heartache..." (2003)
..."Cash O'Riley is the kind of guy who will get things done no matter what, and that attitude shows up in this CD, and I have no doubt his show in Viva Las Vegas will further augment his rising reputation, and that is destined to happen no matter how many Downright Daddies make it to the stage in Vegas this Easter Weekend."
Review of "Get Lucky, Break Down or Die!" (2011)
...This is what I feel whenever I’m lucky enough to catch a show by Cash O’ Riley & the Downright Daddies. They got the spirit like it’s a new religion. They reveal the true country-punk nature of rockabilly and re-interpret the best tendencies of our forefathers while they were on their worst behavior.