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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Home is a Prison - Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers


Ray Fuller's talent as a singer and guitarist has allowed him to share the stage with many blues giants including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and so many more! In fact, MUDDY WATERS, after witnessing an opening act performance by Ray Fuller on slide guitar exclaimed for all to hear "That was some hot slide boy! I could smell the smoke backstage! JAMES COTTON, after witnessing a similar Bluesrocker performance shook Ray's hand and proclaimed "Finally I met somebody as wild and crazy as I am!" JOHN LEE HOOKER was so impressed with the band and their performance that he took the Bluesrockers and his own band out to dinner and picked up the tab! These opportunities to hang out and learn at the feet of the masters were not wasted on young Ray as he paid close attention to every pearl of wisdom and every nasty riff and blues lick generously shown to him as an eager student of the blues. Since then Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers have been performing their brand of low down gutsy blues and red hot rock'n roll for many years, leaving a trail of scorched stages and satisfied fans from Michigan to Florida,and from California to New York State. Long time drummer Mark Ward toured with Ray Fuller for many years, formerly with Terry Davidson & The Gears. Blues harpist Mike Gilliland has backed up the legendary delta bluesman Honeyboy Edwards , singer and guitarist Cleveland Fats,and the late, great Missisippi - Chicago blues singer Willie" Pooch " Johnson. Pianist Keith Blair brings a ton of stage presence and was one of nine finalists in the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Bassist Manny Manuel has spent many years touring with the likes of Patrick Mclaughlin and Hot Rod and The Blues DeVilles. Together they are an unstoppable force of blues and rock'n roll energy!
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