The name Michael Ray somehow brings to mind an era long past, when baseball and boxing ruled the sports world, New York was run by made men, and parents warned their children of the evils of Rhythm and Blues. They would have had none of Michael Ray’s dark gritty vocals and devilish blues guitar work. But he’s just the guy teenagers would have snuck out of their windows to watch in wide eyed mystification at his astounding skill and paralyzing energy.
Whether he’s playing for free on a Tuesday night for a dim lit bar of 5 regulars or at a sold-out 1000 seat theater sharing the stage with legends like Robert Cray, he somehow always channels the haunting spirit of a time long past, and brandishes the living soul of the blues itself. His live show is an awe-inspiring experience, that captivates listeners and leaves them thinking that they’re not quite sure what they just saw, but they know they want more.
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