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Don Ray Band is an all original, Americana/Roots Rock band that is anchored by singer/songwriter Don Ray and is produced by Musician's Hall Of Fame Guitarist, Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section).
The band members are: singer/songwriter Don Ray along with Gary Dales, guitar - formerly worked with Leon Russell, 38 Special, Van Zant Brothers. Jonathan Armstrong, keyboards - formerly of Earl Thomas Conley. Josh Birkhimer, drums - formerly of Burning Las Vegas and Jeff Offutt, bass - formerly of Chicago Charlie.
Don Ray was born into a musical family in Sioux City, IA. He left the Midwest for Austin, TX. at age 18. Don played drums and sang for several regionally successful Texas bands including national recording artist, Frenchie Burke. Donís first break as a solo artist came when a project he was working on was produced by keyboardist Reese Wynans. The first version of Don Ray Band came in Austin as well, and included former Asleep At The Wheel musicians Danny Levin on keyboards and Bill Mabry on fiddle.
Don Ray moved to Nashville at age 26 to pursue a songwriting career and was soon a staff writer for Square One Publishing on Music Row. He started the second version of Don Ray Band with hit songwriters, Monty Holmes, Don Sampson and Curt Ryle. A few of the co-songwriter credits Don has are with hit songwriters Randy Travis, Monty Holmes, Curt Ryle, Buck Moore and Kent Blazey. Don has songs in the publishing catalogs of Square One, Universal Music, Sony/ATV, Warner Tamerlane, PeerMusic III, Minnetonka Music and Malaco.
Today, the musical collaborations of the current group of musicians and
songwriters that make up Don Ray Band, are unique and have proven hard to
put a single label on the results... which have been called everything from
"Rockin' Blues" to "Southern Rock" to "Blue Eyed Soul" to "Rock N Southern
Country Roll" by some of the nations most notable music writers. One thing
all of these writers have agreed upon, however, is that their albums are
refreshingly original and a pleasure to listen to over and over again.
Read more: http://www.donrayband.com/the-band/