Sweet Danny Ray
Sweet Danny Ray a vocalist, harp player, songwriter and DJ, founded The RoadDogz blues band in 1993 in southern California with bassist Rocky Allen. The RoadDogz have had the privilege of opening for such acts as Jeff Healey, John Mayal, Robben Ford, James Harman, and Canned Heat. The current line up includes Don King on bass, Steve Hopkins on drums, and Greg Dolan on guitar. As a DJ Danny has Co-hosted a Nationally Syndicated Radio Show with LA DJ Geno Michellini called “That’s The Blues” and is currently Co-host of “Mighty Mouth Blues” with Jonathan Oogie Richards heard on Monday nights on NWCZradio.com.
As a songwriter Danny has had songs placed in the soap opera “One Life To Live”, an NBC series “Surface”, and the Showtime series “Weeds”.
His earliest influence was hearing the Ray Charles record “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” at four years old and the first harmonica player he remembers was Alvin from the Chipmunks. But it was the 1971 release of “Hooker 'n Heat” that got Danny stung out on the blues. The Canned Heat brought John Lee Hooker in the studio and just let him play; Alan Wilson joined on harp and it was magic.
Upon escaping California in 2006 Danny landed in Issaquah, WA. The timing couldn’t have been better. It was at that time that Tommy Wall, Greg Timmons, and Andrew Cloutier started the “Sunday Night Blues Jam” at the Raging River in Fall City. Five minutes from his house he was introduced to many of the great Northwest’s blues men and women. Not only did he get to hear them but got to know them. Nothing like a Sunday Night Jam at the river.