Lanny Ray and The Reels "BARE BONE" is the first release from the Southern California blues trio. BARE BONE contains an array of blues and contemporary blues material with rock underpinnings. The band's debut release features 12 tracks of Lanny Ray originals with a dose legendary blues classics.
Hits Magazine had this to say about BARE BONE:
THE REELS " BARE BONE": THE WEATHER'S JUST HOT ENOUGH TO UP THE BLUES QUOTIENT IN YOUR MUSICAL DIET. THIS CALI TRIO, FRONTED BY SINGER-GUITARIST-HARP FIEND LANNY RAY (WHO'S WORKED WITH CHUCK BERRY, ALBERT COLLINS, T-BONE WALKER, BIG JOE TURNER AND OTHER MASTERS), TURNS OUT LOUD, GREASY BLUES WITH AUTHORITY AND PANACHE. ESPECIALLY NOTEWORTHY; THE SCORCHING "JET BLACK RUBY RED," A SLINKY RENDITION OF HOWLIN' WOLF'S "WHO'S BEEN TALKIN'" AND THE UPTEMPO "EARLY IN THE EVENIN'." IF YOU DIG "RIDING WITH THE KING," GIVE THE REELS A SPIN.
- Simon Glickman, Senior Editor, HITS MAGAZINE
The Reels front man, guitarist and vocalist Lanny Ray has been writing and performing since the '60's and has played for blues greats BIG JOE TURNER, T. BONE WALKER, JIMMY REED AND WILBERT HARRISON. He has also recorded for the legendary JAMES BROWN and has toured with greats ALBERT COLLINS, CHUCK BERRY, TAJ MAHAL, MARGIE EVANS (JONNY OTIS SHOW ), HUTCH HUTCHINSON (FROM BONNIE RAITT), ALBERT LEE, NILS LOFGREN AND JOHN MAYALL to name a few.
In the late '90's, Lanny hooked up with Pat Anthony (bass) and Dylan Sardo (drums) to form Lanny Ray and The Reels. They anchored in Southern California and toured with George Thorogood and The Destroyers on the 2001 California tour. Recently, Lanny has reunited with producer John Leslie Hug and are recording a follow-on to BARE BONE tentatively titled "BLUE GUITAR". This collaboration promises more great blues from the trio...stay tuned.