Michael Ray is not your typical blues musician. While steeped in the genre’s tradition, he is clearly the product of a different era. Combining searing guitar and primal vocals with a unique approach to lyrics and consummate musicianship, Ray’s take on blues is influenced by as much by Lauren Hill and The Offspring as it is by Robert Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Picking up the guitar and harmonica as a child, Michael attended a national award winning high school music program where he performed at Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inauguration and The Monterey Jazz Festival. A commitment to music as a full time career came in 2014, resulting in a rapid ascent through Sacramento’s thriving music scene. What followed was over 200 gigs in countless venues within a year that ended in a Sammie nomination. That momentum continued into 2016, which was highlighted by a sold out EP release, an appearance at Sacramento’s historic Concert In The Park series, and a set opening for blues legend Robert Cray.