About Us

The Ralph and The Rhythm Hounds Modern Blues & Blues Rock band has been performing since 2003. Our first album, “Mesmerized,” was released in 2016 and the band recently released its first two-song EP in April of 2022, Poor Man’s Prayer and Hole In My Heart. Both projects are streaming on Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming sites. The band is very happy that Spotify has created a Ralph and The Rhythm Hounds Playlist you can listen to! Band members are band Frontman – vocalist guitarist Noah Cave, vocalist/guitarist Ralph Cave, drummer John Griffin, and bassist David "Tiny" Enderle, with guest performances by keyboardist Chris Bentley.   As a result of being awarded 1st place in the 2019 Dayton Blues Challenge, and the 2021 Cincy Blues Challenge, the band was awarded the right to perform in the 2020 and 2022 International Blues Challenges in Memphis, TN. Their performances during the blues challenges led to them becoming a blues festival headliner in 2020 and 2022. The band continues to perform modern blues at festivals and various Cincinnati area venues while continuing to record and release original modern blues music. Look for the band performing at one of your favorite music venues in the Greater Cincinnati Area! To see other Modern Blues and Blues Rock artists visit:

Prior Festival Performances Include

  • Taste of Cincinnati 2014 - 2022 – Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincy Blues Fest 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2021 – Cincinnati, OH
  • Buckeye Blues Festival 2018 and 2019– West Chester, OH
  • Creekside Blues Festival 2021 – Columbus, OH/li>
  • Lebanon Blues Festival 2008 – Lebanon, OH
  • Greater Allen County Blues Festival 2021 – Lima, OH
Creek Side

2022 IBC Competition

Returned to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 2022, presenting the Cincinnati Blues Society.
This is the second Blues Challenge in a row that Ralph And The Rhythm Hounds has won.
If you are down in Memphis at the Blues Challenge and see us, please say hello. We absolutely love our fans.


Winner of Dayton and Cincinnati Blues Societies Blues Challenges.  Nominated as top Blues Band in Cincinnati.



May 26, 2023 - 7-10pm

Summer Music Series - Fernbank Golf Course

Fernbank Golf Course - Cincinnati, OH


May 27, 2023 - Time TBD

Taste Of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH


July 7, 2023

Springfield Township Arts Connect Blues and BBQ - Cincinnati, OH

Springfield Township Arts Connect - Cincinnati, OH

October 1, 2022  Fretboard Oktoberfest Brew Ash - Blue Ash, OH

August 27, 2022  HowardStock - Private Event - Alexandria, KY

Juyly 30, 2022  Mr Keith Little Soul and Blues Birthday Bash - Cincinnati, OH

July 8, 2022  Springfield Township Arts Connect (Rained out) - Cincinnati, OH

May 28, 2022  Taste Of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH

May 6-9, 2022  IBC - Memphis, TN

April 29, 2022  Shamrock Inn - Addyston, OH

April 9, 2022  Shamrock Inn - Addyston, OH

Jan 1, 2022  Fretboard Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

Sept 19, 2021 Creekside Blues Festival - Columbus, Ohio (Largest Blues Festival in Ohio)

Sept 3, 2021  Fretboard Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

May 16, 2021 Fretboard Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

Feb 21, 2021 Winter Blues, Cincy Blues Society - Virtual

Apr 10, 2020  Greater Allen County Blues Festival - Lima, Ohio

Nov 16, 2019 Fall(ing) Into The Blues, West Side Venue - Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct 25, 2019 Hank's Pub - Dayton, Ohio

Aug 24, 2019 Sayler Park October Fest - Sayler Park, Ohio

Aug 11, 2019 Bands In The Burbs - Cincinnati, Ohio

Jul 27, 2019 Pyramid Hill Blues Show - Hamilton, Ohio

Jul 13, 2019 Cincy Blues Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio

The Band

Ralph Cave
Lead, Rhythm, Vocals

Ralph is the Cave family's third generation blues guitarist.
He embodies the traditional classic blues styles of Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf,  Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker the Three Kings -BB, Albert, and Freddie.  As well as, the modern blues and blues rock styles of Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and many other blues artists.

Noah Cave
Lead, Rhythm, Vocals

Noah Cave is a Cave family fourth generation blues guitarist. (Emmanuel, Ralph, Ralph II, Noah).
Noah has an explosive "Contemporary Modern Blues" musical style, deeply rooted in the artist phrasing of musicians Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert King,  Freddie King, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Johnny Winter and many other modern blues and blues rock musician’s styles.

John Griffin
Drums, Vocals

Growing up in Chicago, John started drumming in the 4th grade.
John Griffin’s drumming influences span musical genres from Buddy Rich of the Tommy Dorsey Big Band (jazz) and Carter Beauford of the Dave Mathews Band (rock) to Steve Gadd and Keith Carlock of Steely Dan (rock, jazz, traditional pop, R&B, and blues). John has played with several bands in the local Cincinnati music scene such as Rare Form, Tempted Souls, and now Ralph and The Rhythm Hounds.

David "Tiny" Enderle

David "Tiny" Enderle was always drawn to the power of Bass.
Coming from a musical family, Tiny was pushed toward guitar. Even as a child those low frequencies and Blues/Funk rhythms kept calling. He snuck out of the house and got his first bass at 13. Tiny focuses on the stylings of Donald "Duck" Dunn, Lisa Mann, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Leland Sklar and Jack Bruce.

Watch 2021 Blues Challenge


Watch Mesmerized Montage


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Phone: +1 513 378 2961


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