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The Raptor Trail

by The Raptor Trail

Introspective Progressive Rock with a world view.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Raptor Trail
7:20 album only
2. Gravity Times Ten
7:22 album only
3. Truk
6:05 album only
4. Smaller Than You
4:32 album only
5. Look Outside
7:07 album only
6. Come & See
6:45 album only
7. Pawn
5:09 album only
8. Wilma
3:52 album only
9. Never
5:57 album only
10. Amorous
7:19 album only
11. 32
4:44 album only
12. Now
8:38 album only


Album Notes
Band Bio
The Raptor Trail
The Raptor Trail has been slowly and quietly plotting its course over the last 25 years. Founding members John Meyer and Matthew Mayes had been kicking around the idea of recording something together for decades. Finally in 2014, the planets aligned and the idea actually transcended into a studio recording project which later came to be called The Raptor Trail. The Raptor Trail was actually the first song that Meyer and Mayes wrote together for the project, and it snowballed from there, with “Gravity x Ten” following, and then ten more songs over the course of the next year.
Considering the musical backgrounds of Meyer and Mayes, one might not think the styles would mesh. Meyer coming from a harder edged, heavier guitar style; highlighted by the fact that he tunes his guitar in “D.” And, Mayes coming from more of a progressive bluegrass, jamrock background; highlighted by an instrument called a Guijo ( Half Strat, Half Banjo, tuned in open G) But in reality, quite the opposite occurred. Not only did the styles mesh, but their melodic interplay and vast, yet different, musical influences pushed one another out of their respective comfort zones. The result was the creation of some of the most prolific, diverse, and conviction fused progressive rock music ever heard.
Before the project could be completed however, there was needed one addition. Gene Bass, long time musical companion with Meyer and Mayes, was brought on to play all drums and percussion. Gene Bass and John Meyer grew up together in Macon, Ga., playing in a number of bands together starting back in 1980. Adding to this storied history is the fact that Mayes and Bass played together for 12 years in pioneer Jamrock band Jupiter Coyote. Adding yet more history to the story is the fact that Meyer and Mayes were roommates back in those days and Meyer was actually the first sound man in that band. Meyer is also the person that came up with the name Jupiter Coyote.
So the evolving path that has lead to The Raptor Trail has taken many turns and twists over the years. But, it has somehow reunited a great and long lasting friendship between three individuals who share a unique musical chemistry and history. The music has largely been recorded in each member’s home studio. Then, simply passing the files back and forth over the internet and ultimately back to Meyer who has been the mastermind behind the production and mixing. The self titled album will be released in digital format May 19th through Red Eye World Wide distribution. Physical CDs will be available through CD Baby June 1st, and the audio CDs will feature alternate mixes as well as a bonus track. Walk upon The Raptor Trail.
The Raptor Trail is:
Gene H. Bass- Drums, Percussion
Matthew B. Mayes- Lead Vocals, Backing vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Banjo, Guijo
John M. Meyer- Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, G strings, Background vocals, Effects

The Raptor Trail is a place that represents the ultimate beauty in nature and within it, the perfect balance and transition between life and afterlife. It draws heavy from Native American Indian spirituality, tying man, nature, and the Earth and his place in it. It’s a metaphysical way of thinking about the order of everything. The first verse is a man daring, but with great humility, to enter the realm of the Raptor Trail, embracing a change, a spiritual awakening, or even death....or a personal battle. By entering this space, which can be beautiful and brutal, man becomes aware of his place in nature. It is the wild, primal voice of nature and he now not only hears it, he understands it. The second verse, is kind of more of the same. A place not for materialistic and selfish greed, or ambition at the expense of everything around you. I will get the Monarchs part in a minute. But there is solace in the Raptor Trail, and it can bring meaning to your unfulfilled life. The third verse, goes back to the Indian thing, but more of the spiritual side and attention to death and the moving on to the next dimension, or spirit world. The chorus ties it all together and commands you to enter the Raptor Trail; implying that if you never try you will never know. The ultimate beauty and relation of all within this realm is worth seeking and marks the final rite of passage to the next life.

The Raptor Trails are a real thing. They are the trails that are cut through this field of thick briars, honeysuckle, and Privet right in front of my house. The Raptors, Hawks, Eagles, Kestrels, Owls all use this area as a buffet table of mice, rabbits, snakes, voles, ground hogs, you name it. I have witnessed some fantastical deaths. In October these fields are covered in wild flowers and the Monarch Butterflies descend on them in the thousands, amazing to see really. Back to the balance and beauty of nature thing with a reminder to please not have your head so far up your ass that you never see it, or experience it, appreciate it, or know your place in it.
Matthew B. Mayes.



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Walter Early

Get ready for a punch in the nose. Feel that pain shooting straight to your brai
The Raptor Trail is an album that assaults your senses. It is at times boisterous, brutal. heart rending, breathtakingly beautiful, and exceedingly thought provoking. Stylistically, I honestly do not know what to compare it to, but it is masterfully conceived and performed. These guys are pushing the boundaries of creativity but they manage to keep the music well within the borders of good taste without ever veering into senseless self indulgent noodling. The outcome of the Meyer/Mayes collaboration is thus purposeful with each artist in perfect sync with the intentions of the other. That's why it works so well. Each one of these guys is challenged by the other but not threatened - it's a stream of positive creative energy where there are no wrong directions. All input is good.

Yeah, you can actually hear all this in the music. Try it!