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June Generation

by Jeff Ray

Folk/Rock layered with soulful bluesy slide-guitar, capturing a mood of spontaneity and eastern influence. Imagine the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin teaming up with George Harrison and Nick Drake.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Out From My Dreams
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2. Sandstone Footprints
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3. Essex
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4. Dove Stars
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5. By Her Name
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6. Just Like Singing
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7. Samadhi
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8. Alabama Goodbye
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9. One Way Road
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10. Into The Street
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11. A Quiet One
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For December 2012, JEFF RAY CDs ARE ON SALE FOR 9.99 EACH!

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A bluesy slide-guitar, soul-searching vocals, catchy percussion, and a chilling Hammond organ capture a mood of soulful spontaneity.

Jeff Ray, a 27 year-old Minnesota native, plays all the instruments on this CD, creating an acoustic jam style that is both retro and ground-breaking. The CD's mood is escalated by slide-guitar rants in the styles of George Harrison and Duane Allman (of the Allman Brothers Band), and the lyrics reveal a philosophy rooted in Eastern world influence.

Hidden within each song are hints of influence from musicians like Muddy Waters, Nick Drake, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Beck. June Generation is definitely a CD for people who are looking for music that means something.

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"A compelling and cohesive mix of styles adding snap to the usual acoustic folk tune without straying far from it's roots" - The Capital Times, Madison, WI

"very gutsy . . . a wonderful emotional urgency" - Jerry Kosak, Minnesota Musician

"Pulling sounds from the instrument that mere strumming can't accomplish" - The Onion, Madison, WI

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Reader Weekly (Duluth, MN)

Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and George Harrison each show up i
When critics sit and listen to CD's they try to find signature sounds to compare the artist to. Usually this is easy enough for the critic because they have an ear for music. With Jeff Ray's Sophomore CD June Generation (Peace Stream Records) the routine review becomes an egregious task. The various influences and mixture of sounds resembles so much, and yet becomes something very unique.

"A Quiet One" was dedicated to George Harrison. It begins with the lines, "All things can wait, but the search for God can't... Love one another - please." This is central to what Harrison dedicated his life to; the search. He believed that is was pointless to search for cures in life and waste all that money, it would be better spent looking for what happens after we die. This is something that many fans of Harrison have adopted into their own thoughts and beliefs.

Jeff Ray's music influences are Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, and George Harrison. Each show up in its own way, but Jeff mixes their sounds into a fluid motion of music. The best song on the disc, "Samadhi" is influenced by Harrison, but is an UnHarrison-like instrumental. It teeters on different genres, but rests in a sitar laced guitar jam. Before you make assumptions on Jeff's sound though, "Alabama Goodbye" follows the Beatles to the Allman Brothers, if that is musically possible. The organ resonates in the Gospel-influenced "Like A Rolling Stone" mode that Dylan used and was heavily copied in the early seventies... By the Allman Brothers.
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