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An Alberta Musician Born and Raised in the Eastern townships of Quebec, where the population is almost divided equally between French and English made moving West easy for Ray.
Raised in a family where musicians were common on both sides of the family was a natural move for
Ray as he himself affirmed as a child (Jigging for change at gatherings) and in blues Rock local
bands at house parties or wherever else he was allowed to perform as a teenager and young adult.
In Calgary, after attending a Willie Dixon concert, he proceeded to get a hair cut, buy a suit, a
Stratocaster and tube amp. Everything changed and he started searching and listening to anything
Blues in all styles but always digging the Roots. Once the King Eddy opened, he spent every
opportunity there to listen and learn at the feet of masters.
Being at the king Eddy all the time led to an opportunity as one week a friend had a P.A. at the club
but could not do the sound gig for the artist, Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Ray jumped at the
opportunity and in turn was asked to do the two-week gig along with the rest of the Western Canadian
gigs. That started a friendship with Gate and a few other gigs as Ray took care of the stage and
sound along with being Gate’s valet. During this time Ray led or was part of the blood of the Alberta
blues scene, playing with Jimmy Payne, Tim Williams, Ron Casat, Amos Garrett, Rusty Reed, Back-
alley John, Johnny V, harp Dog Brown, all the while leading his own groups in between jobs backing
other on the Blues scene.
As time went on Ray would keep getting calls to put together a tight band to back up touring blues
artists in his part of the world. Subsequently he has had the opportunity to back up or work with and
share the stage with many artists such as: Wes Mackay, Lowell Fulson, Fenton Robinson, Jimmy
Payne, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Branch, sugar Blue, Sherman Robertson, Johnny Copeland, Sonny
Rhodes, mark Hummel, Johnny Nitro, Carl Weathersby, Michael Coleman, James Coffon, Lurrie Bell,
Country Pete, Alabama Mike Big Dave Mclean, and Brent Parkin.
Ray has played Festivals Throughout the Country, North West Territories, Funk Fest, Raven
Maddase, snow King Fest. In Alberta he has played at the Calgary Blues Fest, Edmonton Jazz Fest,
Edmonton Folk Fest, North Country Fair, South Centre Fair, Central Alberta Music Fest and
In Saskatchewan he played at the Saskatoon Jazz Fest, Rimouski Jazz. Halifax Blues Fest,
Frederickton Harvest Jazz and Blues Fest, Whatshan Family Fest, Cherryville Art Fest,
Ray has written for other Artists and shows such as Cristal Plamondon, Video Stew (CFRN) Project
He has played in recordings for Johnny V’s “Rooster & Hens” and written and recorded his own work
such as “Thangs”, “Here to Stay”, “Killer Floor Sampler” (2 songs) and co-produced with Tim
Williams. Hills and Lemelin “Neither Here Nor There”, which was named album of the year from the Acoustic
Underground Blues Network.
Ray is now getting ready to release his next album, Dark/Out of Phase. This album is all acoustic
and features Tim Williams throughout the Album. He is also busy leading a full time band the
“Matinee Kings”, along with teaching and mentoring which is very important as this is how the craft is
learned and passing it on is an easy thing to do as all his idols and mentors were very generous.
Dark/Out of Phase – Brother Ray’s 5th Release –