Thursday, August 4, 2016


The Dramatic Southern Sound Is A Gritty And Authentic Follow Up To Six Weeks In A Motel

“This record by Boo Ray, sounds like Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. Nothin’ but good luck all the way” – John Hiatt

Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Boo Ray is a southern troubadour who has forged & honed his sound in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville Nightclubs and Los Angeles songwriting joints.

Sea Of Lights is his third studio album and the follow up to 2013’s critically acclaimed, Six Weeks In A Motel and 2010’s Bad News Travels Fast. Produced by Noah Shain, Sea Of Lights was recorded live to 2” tape at Shain’s White Buffalo Studio in downtown Los Angeles with an All–Star band. “We recorded it straight to tape on the Ampex tape machine from The Quonsett Hut Studio that recorded Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and the Nashville era Cash Records,” explains Ray.

With Boo Ray on vocals and guitar, the recording band consisted of Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on drums, Paul Ill (Christina Aguilera) on bass, Sol Philcox-Littlefield (Jake Owen) on guitar, Dallas Kruse on Hammond B3, Smith Curry (Taylor Swift) on pedal steel and twin brothers Todd and Troy Gardner on background vocals. “Recording this new album with a close group of LA friends and Sol Philcox was a blast,” said Boo Ray, “I lived in LA from 2005-2008 and worked with Steve, Paul and Noah on a few different things and we’ve been talking about recording an album like this for years. I think it’s kind of interesting that a couple of Englishmen (Ferrone, Sol) are such a big part of my particular country-fried sound.”

Noah Shain has masterfully captured Boo Ray's sound, conjuring a classic Muscle Shoals session; drums stout and close, round hollow bass, guitars growlin' and warm wailin' vocals. His vocal style and his voice as a songwriter are powerful, unassumingly sophisticated and uniquely his own. The new Boo Ray album, Sea Of Lights, is a songwriter's champion, a trucker's soundtrack and an analog aficionados delight.

Boo Ray’s last two albums and now Sea Of Lights have found a home on Sirius XM’s “Outlaw Country”. Country artists Carolin Aiken and Germany’s Jolina Carol recorded songs from Six Weeks In A Motel. Boo Ray has tours with Kevin Kinney (Drivin’ N Cryin’) and Laney Strickland under his belt, but is packing houses for himself while touring for Sea of Lights regionally in the Southeast.

His dramatic southern sound will draw you in, his voice will have you hanging on every lyric and his songs will stick with you like a good friend does. Boo Ray is a southern troubadour who has forged & honed his sound in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville nightclubs & Los Angeles songwriter joints.

“Sea Of Lights is important to me,” Boo Ray explains. “I’ve been working with these guys for ten years doing one-offs and single-track jobs, and we’re all great friends. We got together and cut this new record live-to-tape, everybody standing in the room together with sound baffles & Persian rugs as isolation. We cut 10 songs in 2 days and just had a damned ball doing it!  I’m not writing to impress the aficionados or experts. It’s a trucker album, it’s a party album, and I hope it’s a good album to play cards to and a good road trip album.”

“The song simultaneously recalls hallowed rock stylings of artists like The Doors and a classic outlaw country sound.” - THE SHOTGUN SEAT

“For those of you loving the music Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell are putting out, you should get familiar with the name Boo Ray.”--WHISKEY RIFF

Now based in Nashville Boo Ray is set to release his new album, Sea Of Lights on Friday, August 12th and will have several dates in Colorado to promote the record (details here).

01. Redneck Rock & Roll
02. Sea Of Lights
03. Bad News Travels Fast
04. A Melody, Some Guitars & A Rhyme
05. Chickens
06. I Got The Jug
07. Keep That Hammer Down
08. Emmaline
09. One More Round
10. Johnny's Tavern

This album is bloody great, top quality twang you're getting here folks, Sea Of Lights will not disappoint and you'll be doing yourself a huge disservice by not purchasing this great album.

You can pre-order Sea Of Lights for $8.99 USD from here or here.

The Sea Of Lights Single was released June 17 and can be purchased for $0.99 USD from here or here.

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