Born and Raised in the Eastern townships of Quebec, Ray was raised in a family where musicians were common on both sides of the family. Playing music was a natural move for Ray as he himself affirmed as a child (Jigging for change at gatherings) and in blues Rock local bands at house parties or wherever else he was allowed to perform as a teenager and young adult.
In Calgary, after attending a Willie Dixon concert, he proceeded to get a hair cut, buy a suit, a Stratocaster and tube amp. Everything changed and he started searching and listening to anything Blues in all styles but always digging the Roots. Once the King Eddy opened, he spent every opportunity there to listen and learn at the feet of masters. Being at the king Eddy all the time led to an opportunity as one week a friend had a P.A. at the club but could not do the sound gig for the artist, Clarence Gatemouth Brown. Ray jumped at the opportunity and in turn was asked to do the two-week gig along with the rest of the Western Canadian gigs. That started a friendship with Gate and a few other gigs as Ray took care of the stage and sound along with being Gate’s valet. During this time Ray led or was part of the blood of the Alberta blues scene, playing with Jimmy Payne, Tim Williams, Ron Casat, Amos Garrett, Rusty Reed, Back-alley John, Johnny V, harp Dog Brown, all the while leading his own groups in between jobs backing other on the Blues scene.
As time went on Ray would keep getting calls to put together a tight band to back up touring blues artists in his part of the world. Subsequently he has had the opportunity to back up or work with and share the stage with many artists such as: Wes Mackay, Lowell Fulson, Fenton Robinson, Jimmy Payne, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Branch, sugar Blue, Sherman Robertson, Johnny Copeland, Sonny Rhodes, mark Hummel, Johnny Nitro, Carl Weathersby, Michael Coleman, James Coffon, Lurrie Bell, Country Pete, Alabama Mike Big Dave Mclean, and Brent Parkin.
Ray released his next album, Dark/Out of Phase. This album is all acoustic and features Tim Williams throughout the Album. He is also busy leading a full time band the “Matinee Kings”, along with teaching and mentoring which is very important as this is how the craft is learned and passing it on is an easy thing to do as all his idols and mentors were very generous.
- “Smokey Ol Bar Rooms” (2020): was the first music video for Trena, filmed, edited, and produced by her husband under Thirsty Beaver Productions. Smokey Ol Bar Rooms reached #2 on The Canadian Indie Country Countdown’s weekly Top 100 chart in 2022 and made the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Top 110 of 2022.
- “Hold On” (2021): claimed the #1 spot on the Canadian Indie Country Countdown’s weekly Top 100 chart and positioned itself at #28 on the Top 100 of 2021 chart. The song has garnered attention from various Canadian radio stations. The accompanying music video, produced by Thirsty Beavers Production, received a nomination for Music Video of the Year at the 4th Annual Canadian Independent Music Video Awards.
- “Breathe” (2022): soared to #2 on The Canadian Indie Country Countdown’s Weekly Top 100. The song also secured a spot in the Canadian Indie Country Countdown Top 110 of 2022, the songs success continued to shine as it earned a nomination for Song of the Year at the esteemed International Singer Songwriters Association awards. Additionally, Trena’s nomination for Female Rising Star highlights her remarkable talent and growing influence as an artist.