If you’ve ever been blues dancing at The Joker or Blues at the Ritzy, you’ll know Ray Wallen.
If he’s not singing or playing the harmonica, he’s watching. Enjoying the music. Taking in the atmosphere.
One of the things I love about Ray’s music is that he re-works so many of the songs he sings. One of his talents is re-writing blues songs and giving them a ‘London’ spin.
My personal favourite is his Tom Waits/Ray Charles medley ‘Ice-cream Man/ Hit the Road Jack’.
Just. So. cool.
The very first time I met Ray he was playing in The Dan Nash Band at Blues Baby Blues 2013.
I was still quite new at DJing and was super-nervous until Ray popped over to ask me what I was playing. (It was ‘Crawling King Snake’ by Etta James.) He told me he was really enjoying my music.