Biography • BORN Sept. 15 1959 (age 59) • BORN IN Durham, N.C., United States Rock Soul and Roll, blues-soaked guitarist/vocalist/song-writer Ricky Ray sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ricky Ray attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. His live shows feature extended grooving dance songs filled with melodic and rhythmic experimentation. The Carolina Blues Magazine declared Ricky Ray "the most significant blues artist to emerge from N.C. since Willy Johnson." His stellar guitar work, always a staple of his live shows, is matched by his strong and powerful, soulful vocals. Born in Durham N.C. in 1959, Ricky Ray grew up on the tobacco roads of what was know as the Chitlin Circuit and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the backdoor of the Blues men like Lightning Hopkins, Freddie King, B.B King. and Albert King–and spent hours immersing himself in their music. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Ricky sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, further impressing Tinsley with his warmth and down-to-earth attitude. By now Ricky's fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string. After years of playing in Southern Roadhouses and Blues festivals, Ricky Ray resides in Northern California while still venturing back a few times a year to his old Southern stomping Grounds www.rickyrayband.com.