Let’s face it, Country is a genre that has been quickly taking over the scene as every day there seems to be a new act trying to make it into this industry, or at least find a decent corner on one of the most emblematic city today, Nashville.
Up-and-coming outlaw country artist Boo Ray has some stories to tell…after releasing his fifth studio album “Sea Of Lights” last summer he now has plans to release more new music in the next few weeks! He also just recorded a brand new album in L.A. over Christmas that will come out later this year and he’s got lots to talk about…see what he has to say here!
Country Music Pride: First off I have to ask; how did you get such a unique name?
Boo Ray: Naw, that’s a fair question. I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina but all the women in my family are from Louisiana and have these wild sounding names: Maybo, Tatu, Nini, Bonnycastle & Mamie. So they stuck me with a peculiar handle too. It’s kind of like a “Boy Named Sue” type of thing I suppose. And of course there’s the Louisiana back room card game by the same moniker, which I’ve loved & played since i was a kid. It’s written as a single word, Booray, but I like to pair it as Boo Ray.
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. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina and now spending equal parts time in Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and Athens, Georgia.
Get to know CMTT’s New & Noteworthy Artist Boo Ray:
Current Single / Project: Well, “Redneck Rock & Roll” the 2nd single off of the “Sea Of Lights” album hits radio any day now and there’s a couple videos coming out too. We’ll be cranking up in February hittin’ the road and playing some residency shows. We’ll be at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville and making runs down to Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, Asheville NC, Chattanooga & Atlanta… Also, we just recorded another new “live to tape” album that we’re real excited about. So yeah, we’re glad to be on a little bit of a roll.
Boo Ray‘s newest studio album, Sea of Lights, has a very cool — if mildly overwhelming — historical connection to two of the country and folk genre’s biggest icons, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan: The 2″ tape machine on which the singer-songwriter and his band recorded the project was the same one used to record Dylan’s 1969 album Nashville Skyline and the records that Cash made in Nashville.
Boo Ray’s producer, Noah Shain, had brought the machine out to his White Buffalo Studio, located in Los Angeles, and convinced the alt-country / Americana artist to head out to the West Coast to record his fifth studio album.