Ray Herndon | Livin' The Dream

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Livin' The Dream

by Ray Herndon

Spunky country with jazzy influences in places, and plenty of heartfelt great musicianship. some fun ear movies, and soulful ballads.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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1. Gotta Get Your Heartright
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2. Grain of Salt
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3. Is This Lonely
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4. I Don't Believe the Devils Gonna Get Me
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5. My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis
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6. Lovin' Her Was Easier
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7. Livin' the Dream
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8. When I Let You Go
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9. Bloodshot Eyes
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10. Fools of the Trade
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11. Me and You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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RAY HERNDON, was born into musical heritage. Although residing in Nashville Tennessee for the last 10 plus years, he remains an Arizona man. His late father "Brick" played stand-up bass, drums and guitar. Ray's two older brothers Rick and Ron play drums and piano, (respectively), with the nurturing support of their mother Gwen.
Along side his musical family at their popular restaurant and night spot "Handlebar J" in Scottsdale Arizona, Ray had gained the experience, expertise and discipline a skilled musician needs. Word of his talent spread to "Mr. Lucky's", a nationally known night club in Phoenix, where in 1982 he became a member of the house band "J. David Sloan and The Rogues", who had gained local, national and international acclaim. In 1983, on a trip to Europe, "The Rogues" connected with then unknown Lyle Lovett.

Billy Williams, (respected producer in Phoenix, and also a "Rogue") recorded Lovett's first album, using the talented members of "The Rogues", which included Ray on guitar and backing vocals. Ray has remained a player on most of Lovett's recordings, as well as a member of Lovett's road bands. In 1989 "McBride and The Ride" was formed by then MCA records president Tony Brown. Brown had met Herndon through the Lovett projects, and asked him to be in the band for his label. Herndon accepted the offer and McBride and The Ride went on to record three albums and seven top ten singles in the early 90's including a number one song "Sacred Ground".
Despite their success, "The Ride" took a seven-year break, then reunited at Handlebar J's 25th anniversary party in 2001. A new record followed in 2002, "Amarillo Sky" on Dual Tone records, co-produced and performed by its members along with friend and piano ace Matt Rollings.

In 1996, "Me and You", a song Ray co-wrote with Skip Ewing, became a signature song for Kenny Chesney, and has been nationally awarded.

As a songwriter, Ray's songs have been recorded by other artists including McBride and The Ride, Lee Greenwood, Sonya Issacsand Aaron Tippin.

Ray says, " Songwriting is such a high for me. To be able to write a song and see it through to becoming a record is like having a child and watching him grow into an adult.

"Herndon has played on the Grammy Awards with Lyle Lovett, has been nominated for best group of the year on the CMA and ACM awards with McBride and the Ride, played and sang on chart topping records, written songs recorded by other artists, and even rode on a float in Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, which he says was always a dream of his as a child.
"God gave me these incredible opportunities with other artists, and now I'm stepping out as a solo artist".

Ray's debut CD entitled "Livin' the Dream" is released on Rayman Records. Herndon co-produced with long time friend Matt Rollings on "Livin' the Dream". "Matt and I had such a blast making this record together. He's one of my musical heroes, and this project was a great experience and a labor of love."

The record also features guest artists including Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Sonya Issacs and Jessi Colter. "Matt and I wanted to include artists on the record that we had both worked with and had become close to musically over the years Herndon remarked. "They were all so gracious to join me on several different tracks".
The new CD is filled with an array of heart-felt music from the fun "My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis", to the more sensitive like Kris Kristofferson's classic "Lovin Her Was Easier".
(Check out Ray's new video now playing on GAC.
Go to: wwwcountrystars.com for exact video times.)

Herndon concludes, "This is an exciting time for me, there's nothing I love more than playing for people who appreciate good quality music and musicianship. It's what my life is and has always been about."


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Paul Kwant

Ray is the REAL DEAL! A great first effort you must have!
Ray Herndon has done what most in Nashville have longed to do...put out a great recording with no musical restrictions. This CD was all done on his own terms. Yeah Baby! Matt Rollings and Ray both form a great partnership, and the sonic contributions on this recording are some of the best to come out of Nashville in years! Some personal favorites on this CD are: "Grain of Salt" this is a hit song and the contribution of Clint Black is awesome. Radio take notice...this will light up the phones! The ultra classy version of "Me and You" sent Kenny Cheeseney back to the vocal booth for more practice. A GREAT wedding song. (a breath of fresh air for those of us who can't stand the original performer) "My Dog Thinks He's Elvis" is a fun song that envokes the spirit of Elvis, Carl Perkins and down home blues. "Don't You Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes" is a classic Lyle Lovett type song which features Lyle and Ray singing their best. "Fools of the Trade" reminds all of us musicians out here why we do what we do, and "You Gotta Get Your Heart Right," "Is This Lonely," are essential listening. Do y'self a favor and CRANK IT UP! Ray Herndon should be LIVIN' THE DREAM and you will be too when you buy this CD! Brotha Nasty

Bob Warren

Could be exactly what Nashville needs to survive..
This CD is exactly the element that Nashville has forgotten in it's mission statement.. Money has become the mantra for all Nashville record people. Instead of art and character.The same thing that happened to rock and pop.. forcing the independant movements of both grunge and punk to emerge in the late 20th century.. Hopefully the captains of the country and western industry will take notice of this record.. and remember what it was once like in Nashville and start looking at character instead of marketability.. By Nashvilles current standards, Artists lIke Waylon and Johnny Cash and Lorretta Lynn would not even get a shot at being artists.. This CD is a return to when Nashville was about music.. and not about politics.. I predict that by the time this CD has run it's course many of the Record execs will rue the day that this record went across their desks and they passed on it.. And maybe they will have some greens and corbread with their serving of crow..

Cassandra Mayer

What a fabulous collection of "country" music!
These songs are wonderful. For me, a fan of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and many other artists of the "Country and Western" era, this music and artist ranks right up there with the big guys.

Bob Berg - Air Deluxe Music Group

Spread the word -- this is a great record.

Mike Breen

"...Finally!!!"
Finally, a CD from the guy whom all of us Phoenix pickers have known as the "real deal," "the genuine article," "the man." Ray's talent as an entertainer, singer-songwriter and musician runs as deep as an Arizona copper mine and as rich as the gold that used to come out of some of these Sonoran desert mountains. With the release of "Livin' The Dream" Ray keeps the flame of country music burning in our hearts. Thanks, Ray.

Ron Parodi

A MUST HEAR for true fans of Country...even Blues and Folk!
This music restores one's faith in the fact that hope, heart and commitment can really be heard in songs! I wish this gentleman the best and thank him for his tunes. So "Get your heart right" and give a big listen to this "Fool of the trade", before your "dog thinks you're Elvis" and you "take her leaving with a grain of salt'!
Nice work Ray!

Sharon Norris

Keeping it Real!
This is one great, must-have c.d. I knew Ray could write great songs, play kicking guitar and sing nice harmonies but I had no idea he would be able to carry an album off solo. He has suprised and truly impressed me with his beautiful, REAL, CLASSIC voice that you just don't hear anymore. "My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis" and "Bloodshot Eyes crack me up. "Is this Lonely" and "When I Let You Go" touch the soul. Hearing Ray sing "Me and You" better than Kenny Chesney makes me wonder why he didn't release that one years ago himself. Get this CD!

E M Mckenzie

You can't fake that....
Many veteran industry folks have lamented the loss of real substance in today's country music. The poignant union of a Jimmy Webb-Glen Campbell classic or the magic of ambient mic recording; every picker in the same room getting the track down at the same time, no mor-me or band punch quantized compression.
The cream still rises to the top. Ray Herndon shows that there are still artists committed to just telling it. His voice reveals the soul behind it, unlike the current disingenuous performances of Nashville youngsters. The title track is great message about perseverance told in a snappy waltz-time lope. Fools of the Trade is a nod to Ray's love of Western Swing and gives the image of someone with pure musical ancestry. You can't fake that. This accredited group of players combined with the genius of Matt Rollings has created an authentic locale for this artist. We can only hope that this brand of music making will become epidemic.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


Keeping the cliches reined in while having a solid stance in the time-tested tradition of pure country, Ray's music goes far beyond the story, the instruments and the rural twang: there's warmth, there's sweetness, there's humility and pride and essentially, a foundation in heartfelt writing that doesn't need outside trends to dictate its course. From spunky, witty, shuffley tunes to stretched-out ballads and love stories to a folk likeness that might conjure up sensations of James Taylor, this album assumes nothing and insists upon its own voice. Country fans, it's a must-hear.

Debbie

well-balanced,well-formed and sung with style
truly enjoyed it,sounds like it came from the heart and soul,the voice is smooth,much more pleasant to listen to than MANY others out there today,all ages can find a song they enjoy.
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