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Don Ray Band

The Don Ray Band, formed in 2009, is a Roots Rock / Blues kinda Southern Country Soul band created by world class songwriters and studio / touring musicians based in Nashville, TN. Album contributors include Will McFarlane ( Bonnie Raitt, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section ) Gary Dales ( Leon Russell, 38 Special, The Van Zant Brothers ) Jonathan Armstrong ( Earl Thomas Conley ) Jeff Offutt ( Little Freddie King, Stan Hedges, Chicago Charlie ).

About Don Ray:
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 Frenchie Burke. Don's first break as a solo artist came when a project he was working on was produced by keyboardist Reese Wynans ( Stevie Ray Vaughan ). The first version of Don Ray Band came in Austin as well and included former Asleep At The Wheel musicians Danny Levin and Bill Mabry.

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 the music is refreshingly original and a pleasure to listen to over and over again.

Their 2009 debut album, “On Top Of The Heap”, received a warm welcome by the Blues, Outlaw Country and Southern Rock communities and has consistently stayed on the Roots Music Report radio charts. In January 2010, Blues Underground Network awarded their album “2009 Best USA Blues Album”, “2009 Best Overall Blues Debut Album” and ranked them #2 on the Top 25 Best Worldwide Blues Albums of 2009. In April of 2010, Real Blues Magazine placed their 2009 debut album at the #1 spot on their Top 100 “Must Purchase” Blues chart. In 2011 their Live Concert DVD was voted Best DVD 2011 by Blues Underground Network.

Their 2nd album "Lonesome Rider" was released August 17th, 2010 and premiered on The RMR Blues chart at # 49. Lonesome Rider stayed on the Roots radio charts for 26 consecutive weeks crossing over the Country, Rock and Blues genres.

Their single, Love Is, recorded with Shaun Murphy from Little Feat and Bob Seger was released 4/12/11 and was submitted for a 2012 Grammy award.

Their 2012 album, Full Throttle, was released May 1, 2012 and debuted at #48 on the RMR Blues chart. Full Throttle was also submitted for the 2013 Grammy Awards and received the Best Roots Rock album of the year award by Blues Underground Network.

In 2013, Don Ray Band released their official salute to the Biker community. A community of music lovers and compassionate people that have shown the band overwhelming support over the years. The band has always included a few Biker themed songs on their albums and on June 11, 2013, they released their first, totally Biker themed album, Kickstands Up - The Biker Playlist.