Lanny Ray . . .

 

started playing guitar, writing and singing at age 12 in Houston, Texas. Dallas born, his earliest days were  in Detroit,  MichiganBy the age of 14 L.R. had organized his first group, "The Pictures" drafting his best friend Mike Edworthy to play bass and his brother Ritch to play drums. This group was L.R.'s first trio and first performances with his own band

The break up of the first group came two years later when his family moved to L.A. so his father could pursue his career. Several groups sprung up that L.R. started, too many to name. For some years those groups included his brothers Ritch & Tom and many friends

By  age 17 he began  recording and soon found himself playing more and more bluesin a short time he was playing guitar for Big JoeTurner and being managed by Pat CarlinT-Bone Walker,Wilbert Harrison and Jimmy Reed all had Lanny Ray on guitar

Next we find L.R. on guitar & vocals, Ken Murray on bass & vocals and brother Ritch on drums& vocals. This heavy-handed blues trio was known as Fate; another group that was managed by Pat Carlin

Pat brought L.R. & James T back east to New England shortly after the death of brother RitchL.R. and James T. formed the James-Ray Group & rocked all through New England for several years

L.R. has recorded for James Brown, Chet Mc Cracken, Tombu ; toured with Albert Collins, Chuck Berry, played with Taj Mahal , Margie Evans (Jonny Otis Show), Hutch Hutchinson (of Bonnie Raitt's Band), Albert Lee, Nils Lofgren and John Mayall. Soko Richardson (Mayall's Drummer) left Mayall w/ L.R. to form Lanny Ray & The Strangers with brother Tom on keys & vocals, D.A. Bookman on sax & vocals, Lucinda Chatfield-sax & vocals and Bob Mair on bass. Lanny Ray & The Strangers was a tight working six piece band that also played and recorded around Los Angeles

The Albert Collins touring days were around the same time. Soko  Richardson brought L.R. into the Albert Collins Band

L.R. then formed The Lanny Ray Group with L.R.-guitar & vocals, Peter (Smith) McGowan-bass & vocals and Nick  D'Virgilio-drums. The band took it’s turn playing and recording around So. Cal

The second “Lanny Ray & The Strangers” took form with with the same line-up as the first but this time with Peter Mc Gowen-bass & vocals and Josh Eagan behind the drums

L.R. continued branching out playing clubs and various venues on guitar , vocals & harp while writing and playing with his band

In the late 90’s L.R. hooked up with Pat Anthony-bass & vocals and Dylan Sardo-drums & vocals to form one of  So. California’s best trios-The Reels once again, a trio that rocks the blues. This trio really had great chemistry from the beginning. The trio started playing more and more around So. California. L.R. wanted to get the band into the recording studio. He had material that he had written and this was the rhythm section he'd been looking for to record it. As a direct result of efforts by entrepreneur Angela Pierce, The Reels began to rehearse at Leeds in No. Hollywood, CA. These efforts would result in The Reels working with producer/engineer Charlie Bouis of  Le Mobile and the recording of the critically acclaimed CD album BARE-BONE.  BARE-BONE came into being by further collaboration between L.R., Angela Pierce and John Robinson for Blue Raven Records. The Reels then toured with George Thorogood & The Destroyers from No. Cal to So. Cal. They went on to do the California Easyrider Tour along with The Kentucky HeadhuntersLast summer the world famous D.J., Rick Dees introduced Lanny Ray & The Reels as the best New-Blues trio on the west coastCurrently L.R. is recording  and performing solo gigs ( this man can  get the whole room on the dance floor; just him, his guitar and harp), gigs with The Reels  and  even the  big band (Lanny Ray & The Strangers)BARE-BONE is available world-wide wherever music is sold and getting air play around the worldand BARE-BONE caught the ear of  Bill Wax at  XM Satellite Radio as well as the attention of  The Big Dog , Pat St. John at Sirius Satellite Radio Listen for The Reels on XM Satellite Radio, (Bluesville and Stone Blues, Exit 74) and Sirius Satellite Radio,(Blues29)    … A new album is currently in the works...tentatively titled    "   "The Blues" Stay Tuned

 …Blue Raven Records