We’re pumped to bring some music back to the site with the epitome of a southern bad ass, Boo Ray. He recently released his fifth album, Sea of Lights, and it begs to be listened to very loud with a very cold beer in your hand. It makes you want to put on your oldest, beat-to-hell boots and sit in the bed of a rusty truck while someone drives you down a bumpy dirt road while the songs blare through all the windows. It’s wonderfully gritty.
The mountains of Western North Carolina
What about Sea of Lights are you most proud of:
I’m proud of each song on the album and I dig it that we cut the 10 songs live to tape in 2 days.
Any specific or interesting influences on the writing process for Sea of Lights?
The title track and about 5 other songs were written sequentially straight down the page in about an hour. The chorus shows up right on time when you get to it. I wrote the title track that way and then carried that method into the cowriting sessions on “I Got The Jug”, “Redneck Rock & Roll”, “One More Round”, “A Melody, Some Guitars & A Rhyme” and “Keep That Hammer Down”. I wrote “I Got The Jug” with Steve Pasch and Brian White, “Redneck Rock & Roll” with Davy Ulbrich, and the other 3 with Travis Porterfield.
If your music could walk up to a bar, what would be it’s drink order:
I think this music might would go on out past the outskirts of town and get some corn liquor from Uncle Albert.
Musician you’d most like to see live:
Well, I deeply regret that I didn’t see Levon Helm live. I’ve been real lucky though and had some real special live music experiences. The time I’ve gotten to spend with The Heartbreakers; Steve Ferrone, Mike Campbell and Ron Blair, watching them work has been life changing. Also, getting to watch Dwight Yoakam work a microphone & pick has been a huge inspiration and education… And then my good friend Nikki Sweet used to book The Roxy in LA and I got walk Amy Winehouse from her limo into the club and watch her sing while I was standing next to Bruce Willis & Randy Jackson. But who I’d most like to see live that I haven’t? It’d be a thrill to see Kris Kristofferson.
Location you’d most like to play live:
I got to join Marshall Chapman onstage at her Opry debut, singing backup vocals with Matraca Berg and it was a complete thrill. But I’d like to play The Opry with my band.
What albums/songs are you listening to the most right now:
Derek Hoke‘s new album Southern Moon is great and I dig Sturgill Simpson’s new album, too. I’ve also been listening some Don Williams and Eddie Rabbit lately.