Ray Boozer was born the son of a coal miner and a Struts waitress in the back of a 1954 Ford Country Wagon in Jacksonville, Alabama. The middle child of 13, Ray used music as a means of separating himself from his siblings, two of whom were also named Ray. He spent hours in the shed with his drumkit, guitar, bass, and microphone he bought with the money he got from his paper route and collecting soda bottles. Armed with his love of pastoral landscapes, old rusty things, and Rush, Ray set out to share his songs with Calhoun County, and perhaps the rest of the world.
Now wasn't that just the cutest fake bio ever? But until people actually know who we are enough to come read it and realize it's fake, it serves not the purpose a bio really should for an "emerging artist," i.e., a broke-ass indie band that plays music in the late 00s that went out of style in the late 90s. So, allow me to elucidate the uninitiated:
We are collectively known as Ray Boozer, but there is no one in the band actually named Ray OR Boozer. Get it? How clever! The name is a combination of family names from Jon's family tree - Ray being the first name of his favorite uncle and Boozer being the surname of the bulk of his relations in Jacksonville, Alabama. Jon may end up referring to himself as Ray onstage if people other than his friends and family end up coming to a show sometime.
We play rock music for your listening and viewing pleasure. Come to a show and say hello. Actually you can say whatever you want, or not talk at all. We could talk, or not talk, for hours, just come to a show. After we replace all of our shitty equipment with actual musical instruments, the next purchases will be lasers, projection screens, and a fog machine, in that order.
We are Andrew Mauldin (bass, keys, vocals), Juan Campos (lead guitar, vocals), Nick Recio (drums, vocals), and Jon Bernreuter (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keys, occasional drums and percussion), and we aim to rock you.
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Fly Me Courageous
This is a licensed cover, originally written and recorded by Drivin' n' Cryin.' It can be found on their 1990 album, Fly Me Courageous, and is copyrighted by Island Music, Inc and Drivin' n' Cryin' Music (BMI).
Written and recorded by me. Mixed and mastered by Mike Garrigan at Two Egrets Media and Recording. http://www.twoegrets.com/
Tom Sawyer (live Rush cover)
Momma's Gonna Do What She Can
This is a song about a girl I used to work with. She was a single mother a little older than me with a daughter a few years younger than me. So one day I got all pensive about it, and this song is the result.
This is a demo, so I (Jon Bernreuter) played and sang everything. Tracked by me in my living room. Mixed and mastered by Mike Garrigan. Thanks Mike! http://www.mikegarrigan.com/
White Room (live Cream cover)
This is an expansion of a 30 second piano blurb I did way back junior or senior year in high school. This isn't finished yet; I'm going to add tons of layers and spend some quality time mixing the drums to death. But this is an indication of where this thing is headed, and proof that I occasionally do actual work.
1. The harmonic language of this piece is predominately stacked 5ths. Why? I think they sound cool. Maybe I have something against thirds.
These sonorities don't
This is arguably my crowning achievement as a musician. This particular version is old, but until I rerecord the song it's passable.
The original version of this song was written by Nick Vance and I, but this version is influenced by the way my bandmates in ... And Then I Found Fifty Dollars - Nick Cox, Nick Vance, Brian Perrin, and Joey Troup - played them live. I recorded, mixed and mastered this version in 2006.
All-Time Low (Stars Align Cover)
Fun, fun story behind this cover. It's a long one. John Stephens, of Neve and Stars Align, wrote this song. I really, really did not.
The real version of this song, and many other neato songs to boot, can be discovered at http://www.starsalign.net/ or http://www.myspace.com/starsalign
6/22/2012 4:27:38 PM
Hey guys! Is anyone here? Comment if you read this. Or use the tagboard. Or private message. Or something. Anything.
7/8/2010 4:52:50 AM
Fun stuff happening soon. I swear I'm still alive :) Love you guys!
12/21/2009 3:29:26 PM
Hey guys! "Confusion" is still not quite done, but it's coming. Working over Christmas break has been more difficult than I thought. Hectic :) Some of the guitars are done though. Glad you guys like it so far.
9/8/2009 6:46:13 AM
I brightened up the other songs a little and brought the volume up on Unity and All-Time Low.
9/1/2009 6:38:42 AM
Mike Garrigan mix/ master of MGDWSC just posted today! ROCK MUSIC!
6/25/2009 12:44:50 PM
So obviously the "remixes" and "updated songs" mentioned from two years ago do not reflect the current audio fidelity. Except for "Space Chiggers," which hopefully I'll get started on today. But that's what I said yesterday.
5/23/2009 8:50:47 PM
I got the songs uploaded! Yay! Enjoy.
5/22/2009 1:45:01 AM
I'm having trouble with my page now, guys. I can't get my songs loaded. Keep checking back; hopefully the support people can undo whatever I did.
5/19/2009 7:00:28 AM
Another comment! Double sweet!
5/17/2009 9:54:51 PM
I figger there's some kind of MYSTERY goin on roun here. But what do I know? Nuthin' much.
10/16/2007 11:52:14 PM
A comment! Sweet!
10/8/2007 8:56:19 AM
great stuff here !!
8/25/2007 12:32:54 PM
"Space Chiggers", "Unity", and "Momma's Gonna Do What She Can" have been updated. All three have been remixed, and the latter has a new vocal track and a guitar solo intro.
5/7/2007 3:12:52 PM
Wow is that comment outdated! Stream of Consciousness album is done, and new $50 material is posted. Go Rebels.
7/18/2006 4:24:36 AM
New material coming very shortly! I'm finishing up the drum sessions for Stream of Consciousness, and thereafter it will be all Fifty Dollars recording for a bit.
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