What a huge voice! When Ray Yates sings, you just have to hold onto your chair, because he can knock you over. Ray had been through the area before, playing at the Lotus Dickey festival in Paoli, and then at Penny Lane Coffeehouse. When Ray played Penny Lane, he stayed here at the cabin and made a HUGE killer pot of vegetarian spaghetti sauce that took about a month to consume.
This time around, Ray didn’t have time to cook, because they were bouncing back and forth between Ohio and Indiana, catching gigs that didn’t quite line up the way you’d want them to. It wasn’t in the plans, but I sat in with Ray’s show, adding a little mandolin here and there. Even without knowing the songs, I could “read ahead” on where they were going, and I think it sounded nice. We got to catch Ray a week later in Paoli, and returned a music stand that was left behind.
Ray doesn’t seem to have a website, but you can learn more about him athttp://hearitlocal.com/tc/as_artists?detailID=99