Interview with Boo Ray

with Boo Ray


Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about
you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music
you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Ray: I’d reckon it’s a road house honky tonk type of sound. I’m a
full-time songwriter & troubadour.


How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Ray: highlights? ’13 was great. We recorded & released “Six
Weeks In A Motel”, I got to sing the Opry with my great friend
Marshall Chapman, a couple songs have been placed in films, Twang
Nation premiered The “Boots & Blue Jeans” video …
2014’s been a whirlwind. We’ve done an Americana Radio Campaign &
played on The Alamo Jones Show on SiriusXM Outlaw Country.
What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
Ray: Six Weeks In A Motel is the current release. It did great on the
AMA chart & we’re fixin’ to do a euro americana campaign.


How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the
Ray: You know, “Six Weeks In A Motel” was on the previous
2010 record “Bad News Travels Fast” and I though that song
deserved a second chance on the new album. And yeah, there’s a story
& it’s twisted tale of a down & out time in Los Angeles.
Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding
the songs for your CD?
Ray: Yes, I’m a full time songwriter, but I’m a singer too, so people
pitch me songs, and i’m always on the lookout for a great song. Maybe
like the same way a coon hunter’s always on the lookout for a great
coon dog.
Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
Ray: well, I say this: I didn’t try to hide my southern rock &
’70s country roots any on this album. I’m from North Carolina, up in
the mountains, but I’ve spent a lot of time in Georgia. There’s
definitely a “Gerogia Sound” The Allman Bros in Macon
Georgia, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Capricorn Records, Otis Redding,
James Brown, there’s some real heavy weight cats down in that red
Georgia clay & that black water swamp. But I ain’t afraid of a
dang hit either. I mean I love some of the big old mainstream hits
like “Rhinestone Cowboy” & “Tulsa Time”. JJ
Cale’s music is a big part of my life & Mark Knopfler too. I’d
love it if that came through any. I know I’m a lot rougher &
hillbilly as hell, but I those cat’s have a great approach & set
the bar real damn high. Lamitschka: What is the difference between
your last CD and your current one? Boo Ray: basically “Bad News
Travels Fast” was fairly acoustic & the new album “Six
Weeks In A Motel” is a full on ’70s electric country record.
Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is
special about this song that makes people want to hear it?
Ray: I like “Boots & Blue Jeans”. That electric
’70s/’80s thing, like Bob Seger’s Down on Main Street or Hank Jr’s
“Country Boy Can Survive, i think we pulled it off on “Boots”.
It’s ornery and good natured at the same time.
What will your next single be?
Ray: We deciding now. I thought it might be cool to do a video single
for “Southern Harmony”, good excuse for a party.
What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Ray: I like an ornery rocker but I like a little hillbilly waltz too
You did a duet with Jodi James. How did that happen to come about?
Ray: yeah, Jodi’s incredible, my favorite singer anywhere. She’s from
Louisiana. We met in Nashville a few years back and seem to end up
doing a song together every couple of years. That’s Jodi on “These
Days” off the “Bad News” album.
How much creative control do you have over your music?
Ray: well I don’t know how much control i actually have, but there’s
not anyone telling me how or what to do, what songs to record, what
cloths to wear etc. I consider music a blessing and my job’s to take
care of whatever music.
There’s a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it
take to make it in your case?
Ray: It’s a long haul game. When I came to that point that I had to
ask myself “am in this for fame & fortune or am i bred a
songwriter & that’s what I gotta do? Turns out i’m a lifer. So,
conviction persistence & a mule stubborn mind maybe?
Christian Lamitschka for Country Music
News International Magazine

Related Posts

Bill Taylor & The Appalachian Heatherns Interview

By Nigel Sharpe for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Rachel Gleddie Interview

By Nigel Sharpe for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Nick Hickmann Interview

By Nigel Sharpe for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Presley Tennant Interview

By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *