Ray Weaver | What You Wish For

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What You Wish For

by Ray Weaver

Americana and altcountry at it's most honest and heartfelt.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goin' Alone
4:36 FREE
2. Big Man
4:23 FREE
3. Christmas in Copenhagen, 1996
4:59 FREE
4. Train Whistle Guitar
2:46 FREE
5. Why do Trains Run at Midnight?
4:51 FREE
6. Grandma's Place
5:04 FREE
7. american highway
2:44 FREE
8. Lifeline
4:21 FREE
9. Goodbye, Little Sandy
3:25 FREE
10. Empty Soul
2:42 FREE
11. What You Wish For
3:05 FREE
12. Grandma's Place (live solo acoustic version)
4:19 FREE
13. Oceans (live)
4:04 FREE
14. Somebody Else's Trouble
3:50 FREE
15. Heartshaped Stone (live)
7:51 FREE
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Album Notes

"…a master storyteller who knows how to wrap each song in an intensely personal cloak." J. Doug Gill, Musicians Monthly

Ray Weaver is first and foremost, a songwriter. He has the rare ability to transform life into songs that are intensely personal, yet still touch a universal chord. Encouraged by the reviews of his debut release, ”What You Wish For”, Ray took his songs to Nashville. That lead to a publishing deal with Songs for Darshan Music and cuts by the Hard Travelers, Brandi Chapman, Buddy Renfro, Tiffany Rebstock (a Texas artist who recorded an entire album of Ray Weaver songs), and Tim Malchak.

"The song writing talent here is really pretty formidable, the names of Steve Earle, Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark all spring to mind." Doug Floyd, altcountrytab.com

Ray Weaver is also an established international performer. A well known face in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, Ray was recognized for his forceful and compelling stage presence. He played concerts and clubs from New York to the Carolinas, appearing with artists like Colin Raye, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Porter Wagonner. In Nashville, Ray performed regularly at the Bluebird Cafe, the 16th Avenue Cafe, and as lead singer for the house band at the Turf on lower Broadway. He met some Danish artists that were recording in Nashville, and when they invited him to play with them in Denmark, an international career was launched.

"Ray Weaver writes memorable songs that you want to hear again and again...Knut Andre´Dale, Musikkguiden Groove.no

Since then Ray has performed in countless venues throughout Europe. He has re-released his critically acclaimed project, ”What You Wish For”, and his new CD, "Confession" is now available.

”…has the potential to move up into the big leagues…” Dirty Linen



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Peaceful, Pure & Perfect
I love the stories and I love the music. The harmonies are wonderful and it's a style all it's own. Not quite country, not quite folk. It's 'Weaver-ist'! I'll be a fan for life.

DJ McQuade-Lancaster

What You Wish For
We ordered the CD especially for the song "Grandma's Place". The National Grandparents Council had selected the song as a winner years ago but we would like to place it among our 2009 nominations. We would also appreciate permission to allow visitors to hear one verse. The 30 second clip we were previously allowed to use definitely does not do justice to the song. (See www.grandparents-day.com) We will be announcing our songwriting contest in April. We're non-profit but will link to Ray Weaver's website if permissible.


An album that is beautiful in its simplicity and one that richly deserves all th
With a particularly strong hold on the song writing storyteller tradition of this genre, Ray Weaver is a very talented song writer and this is a very strong debut album. I have spent considerable time with this disc, more time in fact than usual, I loved it so much. Take a whirl through its twelve tracks and you will fall hopelessly under the spell of his fine music and songs that generate a whole range of narratives where you can close your eyes and paint images around the lyrics. A CD re-mastered from its original cassette release, a few extra tracks thrown in for good measure, with every well written and ably performed song fitting neatly within the framework of the new format.
“Goin’ Alone” kicks the set off with a lively fiddle led piece that sets the whole package up, a great country rock feel without slipping into the trap of glossy arrangements and over production. There are just the two rocking tracks on the album, but that’s not a problem because the mellower stuff is so very good you don’t miss the change in pace. It really is an album of story songs and a showcase for Weaver’s mature and eloquent writing. “Big Man” has a punchy hook; and some cool slide lines and is still somewhat on the way down pace wise from the opener, but it is when we get to “Christmas in Copenhagen” that the sparks really fly. A stunningly beautiful love song about longing and loneliness and being away from the one you love, it’s a classic theme, but one which never tires when done this well. That’s not the end though, there are plenty more sublime moments: “What You Wish For” is a bittersweet tale, complimented by some gorgeous vocals by Valerie Vigoda playing Emmylou to Ray’s Gram, while “Grandma’s Place” has a lovely story line and a gentle bluegrass feel, with the Banjo of Mike Mumford adding a little sparkle that carries the song off to a whole higher level. “American Highway” the second of the pair of rockers has a hint of magic to it. Imagine if you will Steve Earle’s “Hillbilly Highway” played by Bo Diddley and that will put you pretty much in the picture.
For all the choices on offer it is probably “Empty Soul” that is for my money the stand out track. There is a power and eeriness to it that really grasps your attention and Ray’s performance is at its most dramatic on this one.
The song writing talent here is really pretty formidable, the names of Steve Earle, Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark all spring to mind. The fundamental factor here is that you can feel the artist really has a connection with his material; it’s a devotion, rather than occupation. I imagine Ray would have to do this even if he didn’t want to. He has a wonderfully warm yet powerful voice and the band supports him well in every area, even though the best moments are when he’s stone alone, some of the more lonesome and sombre ballads put you in mind of Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’. The all acoustic numbers like “Christmas in Copenhagen” and “Lifeline” are as intimately performed as I have heard, you can almost hear Ray approaching the microphone and his fingers the strings of his guitar, when it’s this good you cant ask for any more.
This is an album that you’d do well to track down; beautiful in its simplicity and one that richly deserves all the plaudits it can get.

Americana UK

Country Storytelling
Country storytelling...using violin, guitar, banjo, dobro and drums where the stories take precedence…Standing out as a beacon of experimentation is ‘Empty Soul’ that sounds as though he persuaded the Kronos Quartet to play some country blues.