California-by-way-of-the-Gulf Coast singer/songwriter Boo Ray takes his handle from a slick old Cajun card game and explores the grittier corners of life after midnight on Bad News Travels Fast. The nine-song release finds Ray recording with two separate groups of musicians on opposite coasts of the country. Ray laid down the second half of Bad News Travels Fast in L.A., with longtime Circle Jerks/ Weirdos bassist Zander Schloss producing and sitting in on various instruments The near-yodeling “Bleeding Song” sounds like bluegrass played by a gang of New Orleans bluesmen who stayed up too late the night before and decided to greet the next morning with a joyous mish-mash of mandolin, dirty guitar and musical spoons, while the sultry “Constantina” brings to mind the work of both late L.A. singer/songwriter Tim Buckley and Bloodkin frontman Danny Hutchens. Might be smart to keep a free eye on old Boo Ray. His deceptively simple songs have a habit of sneaking up you and not letting go.
—by Michael Andrews-Flagpole Magazine
Boo Ray’s Bad News Travels Fast is like a book on tape you’d like to pop in and never take out — a most agreeable companion for most any situation. Much like the songwriter himself, these songs are well-travelled and bear the lofty weight of the southern songwriter genre with great class and ease. At work here is a combination of West coast glimmer, Nashville knowledge and the free-loving grit of the southern blues. The Colin Linden (“O Brother Where Art Thou?”) co-penned “Bad News Travels Fast” is not just the perfect foot-stomping title track, but a perfect summation of everything you need to know about this record’s namesake in the future. Bad news, good news, it doesn’t matter — the news about Boo Ray is spreading quickly. Don’t miss out.
— Alec Wooden
"Sounds great. Great songs, great playing and singing!
Mike Finnigan-Singer- B3/Keys(CSN,Joe Cocker)
"I've been listening to Bad News Travels Fast. You ROCK BOO!"
Steve Feronne- Drummer (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton)
"Yo man... Luv it!!!! Super good sounds!!! "
Jamie Chamberlin- Movie Producer-ZZ Top "Rock & Roll Gear Head"
"My boy Boo Ray doing that thang he does...
he's one of the best unknowns I know"
Sass Jordan-Singer, Judge on Canadian Idol
"You ain't no good time...you're a blast. I like that dirty shit."
Noah Shain- producer (Nico Vega, Praying Hands, Orson)