Eric Ray 1We get a lot of messages from people who want us to listen to their music.  They usually tell us they are country singerS.  At least that is what they want us to believe.  So, we do what we say we will do – we listen.  Many times, we send back a short reply saying something polite like, “that was nice, but not quite what we’re interested in”.  Every now and then we get one like this, “Hi. My name is Eric Ray and I would like to submit a song to your blog for review. Is that possible and if so how can I submit a song? Thank you. Kind regards, Eric Ray”. No mention of what kind of music, no mention of a website, or where we can hear the music – but a very nice message.  So, our response was brief, “Where can we listen?”  He told us.  We listened. He made our day!

I feel like I’ve just discovered something new and awesome in country music.  But the truth is, it’s not new at all. It is what I remember country music sounding like 40+ years ago.  It is what country music is supposed to sound like.  And, I’m glad to see there are still people out there who remember that.  He sings real country music that works right along side of what we are hearing on today’s country radio stations. Eric isn’t the only one. but we all know that our real country music is becoming harder and harder to find.

Eric RayThanks to the short bio in the “About” section on his Facebook page, here is what we know about Eric Ray.  He studied theology at Multnomah University in Oregon. His vocal music and musical theater education came from El Camino College in California.   He is a father of three awesome kids; spends summers at his home state of Alaska and winters in Finland, where he writes and records in Tampere.   He said he chose Finland because it is “filled with world class musicians, and he knows a lot of them”.  He also likes the professional recording studio and phenomenal recording engineer.  He doesn’t record in Alaska, because Alaska, he tells us, is “a place of hunting and fishing and the nearest professional studio is far far away”.  Plus the fact that it is hard to record and fish at the same time.  A talented singer with a sense of humor.

Here is an Eric Ray video, “Daddy Won’t You Please Come Home”.

I hope you will all visit his YouTube page, too.  He has a lot of good music there. You will definitely be entertained by the music of Eric Ray. If you like what you here, head on over to iTunes, where you can purchase some of his great songs for yourself.

13731473_497475590457850_939453032135315143_nEric doesn’t have a website, but we hope that will be along soon.  He still needs to get a Twitter account as well.  In the meantime, keep and eye on his Facebook page, and on Country’s Chatter for updates about Eric Ray and his music.  And, if you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.

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We get a lot of messages from people who want us to listen to their music.  They usually tell us they are country singerS.  At least that is what they want us to believe.  So, we do what we say we will do – we listen.  Many times, we...