I’m very glad to be heading out to California and Oregon later this week for twenty some odd days, where I’ll be playing two of my favorites; Strawberry, and Sisters festivals. With me playing Wurlitzer piano and sometimes accordion will be the wonderful Ritchie Lawrence (http://richielawrence.com/), a fine player I used to be in a band with many years ago out Colorado way. I will also be playing the well known McCabe’s Guitar Shop (http://www.mccabes.com/) with the very fine songwriter/guitar player/performer, Ernest Troost (http://ernesttroost.com/). Ernest is a very cool cat who lays it down true…! Also, I’m very much looking forward to my stop at Biscuit & Blues (http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/) in Fan Francisco, a place I love to play…!
Here’s the tour schedule for the west coast!
8/23 SYLA Presents House Concert, Oakland, CA www.facebook.com/pages/SYLA-Presents/198863890145181
8/25 Grand Ole Echo, Los Angeles, CA http://www.thegrandoleecho.com
8/28 Biscuits and Blues, San Francisco, CA http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/
8/29-Sept 1 Strawberry Music Festival, Yosemite National Park, CA http://strawberrymusic.com
9/3-8 Sisters Folk Festival and SongwritingAcademy, Sisters, OR http://www.sistersfolkfestival.org
We just got a peak at our new video for the song “mile marker 41″, the likely title track for my new and almost finished Red House Records CD slated for release in the spring of 2014. The clip was directed by Patrick Bosworth, and co-features Chuck Hawthorne (http://chuckhawthorne.com/) as a shifty type on a mission to retrieve something left behind at the scene of a crime near mile marker 41…Chuck is a very fine songwriter you’ll soon be hearing about! I am looking forward to producing his recording this fall…
I haven’t seen you in a while, so come on by and say hello…I have some new songs and am feeling extra fine…!
I’m headed up to Portland, Oregon next week to play the very great Waterfront Blues Festival! I’ve been wanting to play the festival for years and this year I finally have the chance. I hope to see a whole bunch of you folks up there!
Then, after Portland, I’ll head up to the Vancouver, BC area for a series of shows!
Man, I’m really looking forward to a break from the Texas heat and humidity! See you all down the road soon!
I hope this finds you extra fine and deep in the groove…!
The key to unlocking this one song I’ve been trying to write has been eluding me for months now, keeping me up at night and distracting me pretty much through the whole day. I guess it really wants to come out but it’s not making it easy. This kind of song usually winds up being pretty good but it can fool you into thinking about letting it go, which I so far have refused to do. I keep walking around the house pretending to be doing something else but the dogone thing is taking up all the real estate in my head…!
I’ve been in the studio some with my favorite cats, Gurf Morlix and G. Arsenio…have five tracks cooking so far, two of which I have mixed already for the purpose of making videos to promo the album well before it is released. I’ll be playing some of these songs at my upcoming shows at the end of this week…road testing…!
So come say hey at Strange Brew here in Austin, at the Kerrville Folk Festival or in Hickory, NC..look forward to seeing you…!
June Shows – Come hear some live music folks!
Friday, June 7 – Strange Brew, Austin, TX – 8 pm - $10
Saturday, June 8 – Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, TX – 9 pm - Ticket prices vary
Friday, June 14 – Sails on the Square Music Series, Hickory, NC – 6:30 pm – FREE SHOW – Corner of Government and Main Streets
What’s Really Going On In Ray’s Head You Ask? Here’s His Answer…
I have a bit of a power struggle going on here out in the yard of our house with squirrels who seem to be of the opinion that the bird feeders are for them. I tell you these guys do not take no for an answer and they are real good at finding ways around the obstacles we’ve put up so far…got to hand it to them for being fearless when it comes to jumping onto something from pretty far, not knowing how it will work out for them…! I guess I’d be the same if I was one of them…!