Lanny Ray

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LANNY RAY started playing guitar, writing and singing at the age of 12 in Houston, Texas. Though Dallas born, his early days were spent in Detroit, Michigan where at the age of 14 he had organized and performed with his first music group.

By age 17 he was recording music and developing a special relationship to the Blues. A guitar prodigy, he was playing guitar for BIG JOE TURNER and was managed by Patrick Carlin.  Before long, T- BONE WALKER, WILBERT HARRISON & JIMMY REED all had LANNY RAY on guitar. Carlin brought LANNY along with Aussie Blues-Rocker JAMES T. to New England where LANNY and JAMES T. formed the JAMES-RAY GROUP rocking the region for the next couple of years.

LANNY has recorded with JAMES BROWN, played guitar on tour with ALBERT COLLINS, CHUCK BERRY, TAJ MAHAL, and MARGIE EVANS on THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW. He’s recorded with Bonnie Raitt bassist HUTCH HUTCHINSON, ALBERT LEE, and Blues legend JOHN MAYALL. Shortly after, Lanny – joined by Mayall’s drummer SOKO RICHARDSON formed LANNY RAY & THE STRANGERS, a tight working six piece band that played and recorded regularly in Los Angeles.

In the 1990’s Lanny teamed up with bass player vocalist PAT ANTHONY and drummer vocalist DYLAN SARDO to form one of  So. California’s hottest Blues power trios THE REELS. Their chemistry was evident to ANGELA MARTIN who brought LANNY RAY & THE REELS into the recording studio with producer/engineer CHARLIE BOUIS, (THE TONIGHT SHOW & JAY LENO) a teaming that resulted in the critically acclaimed album BARE-BONE.  LANNY RAY & THE REELS, continuing their hot streak were invited to tour with GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS which was followed by a tour with THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS.  Counted among their ardent supporters is radio icon RICK DEES who introduced LANNY RAY & THE REELS as the best new Blues trio on the street.  And he was right.

BARE-BONE caught the ear of “THE BIG DOG” PAT ST. JOHN on SIRIUS – XM Satellite Radio. You can hear LANNY RAY & THE REELS’ album BARE-BONE on SIRIUS – XM Blues Channel 74.

 

 

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