Chattanooga’s Clyde’s on Main is lucky to host Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Boo Ray on November 11th for a show you won’t want to miss. With what Red Dirt Report describes as a “worn-out-boots voice” that carries his honest, raw lyrics and vintage, outlaw country style, Boo Ray is a truly unique soul on the music scene.
Local Fare snagged some exclusive insight into the musician’s life, influences and plans for the future – keep reading, and go see Boo Ray at Clyde’s on the 11th!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician? How did you realize it?
I had a compulsion to write songs after listening to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Thinn Lizzy and Ray Charles records at about 12 years old. I’d record a big love song type chorus with a girl’s name in it on a flip top tape recorder. Didn’t really go after guitar until I was about 15 and discovered Lowell George, Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Who and what inspired you most while putting Sea of Lights together?
Wow, that’s a big question, and pretty darned direct… I was in the middle of a long terrible breakup with a woman I care about, a run of hard luck and at the same time presented with the amazing prospect of making a live to tape record with Noah Shain at his studio in Los Angeles. I was losing at love, and my work and big hopes were panning out. Noah and Steve Ferrone urged me to entirely go for it, to remain open and vulnerable and let it all go into the songs and straight to tape.
You describe Sea of Lights as a good road trip album. What are some of your other favorite road trip albums?
I hope it’s a good road trip album. I’ve been told so. Some of my favorites: Dire Straits “Brothers In Arms”, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Wild Flowers”, Dwight Yoakam “Guitars. Cadillacs & Hillbilly Music” and ZZ Top “Tres Hombres”. And of course, SiriusXM Outlaw Country is great road trip radio.
What’s next after the tour? What projects are you planning?
We’re actually fixin’ to record a new album with Noah Shain in December. Everybody’s real cranked up about it.
What do you like to do when you’re not playing music?
I’m a movie nut, and I’ve been spending a lot of time in the woods lately.
What’s your favorite thing about The South? What about Chattanooga?
Southern people are the best storytellers, and that big bend in the Tennessee River along I-24 at the edge of Chattanooga is just perfect.
Visit our Instagram @chalocalfare before noon on Friday the 11th – we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show at Clyde’s and a signed copy of his 3rd album, Sea of Lights!