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Ray and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Starting his first band in 1966 and averaging over 100 shows a year, he's like a teenager with forty-plus years of experience! Between 1983-1990 Ray released five critically-acclaimed (cassette only) albums. He followed them with a single on his own Captivating Music label and has appeared on numerous compilations from such labels as Signature Sounds, East Side Digital, Shimmy Disc, Sound Asleep (Sweden), Dren Records, and Paisley Pop.

1994 saw the initial release of his first "official" CD (Between Blue & Okay), followed by Missyouville, Old Souls Day, Castanets, When the Clown's Work is Over, Square Crazy, Three Dollar Man, Idiot Wisdom, Old School, A Man and His Silvertone, Don 't Mess With Our Routine, and the latest, Like Bugs Chewing on Paper. He has also recorded seven albums as a founding member of the Lonesome Brothers (with whom he appeared on "A Prairie Horne Companion" and at the 2007 Newport Folk Festival), was the original bass player with the Ware River Club (Bad Side of Otis Ave.), played bass on Cheri Knight's first solo album (The Knitter), appeared on Cliff Eberhardt's release (Borders) and Lloyd Cole's Music in a Foreign Language, and plays bass with J Mascis on J's contribution to the NRBQ tribute album on Spirithouse Records. He also plays bass on all three Wolf Krakowski CDs, including the latest, Goyrl: Destiny, produced by Frank London of the Klezmatics and released on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and played bass with The Kennedys in their side project the Stringbusters. Ray has had a tribute CD released by Tarhut Records (Boston/Chicago), with artists Eric Arnbel, Charlie Chesterman, Ass Ponys, the Incredible Casuals, Cheri Knight, and many others covering his songs.

Throughout the years he has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Fountains of Wayne, the Flatlanders, Laura Cantrell, Amy Rigby, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Graham Parker, Robbie Fulks, Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Steve Forbert, Chris Whitley, Nils Lofgren, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Freedy Johnston, Alejandro Escovedo, Geoff Muldaur, Joan Jett, Blue Mountain, the Bottle Rockets, Junior Brown, Marah, Ass Ponys, and James McMurtry-and that's the short list!

Ray's tunes follow no trend while keeping an upward slide on the songwriting scale. It's rock with the roll! One man with his Silvertone!! Kick back and enjoy!!!

Photo credits: Left: Brandi Ediss. Right: Greg Brown.
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