Type: Country Rock Band
Country, Cajun, Calypso Cowboy, Country Rock, Western Swing, Hill Billy, Hoe Down, Tex Mex, and Classic Pop Hits styles
JamesRAy has been performing for over twenty-five years and knows what it takes to entertain an audience. Audiences adore him and buyers endorse him. It's a win win with JamesRAy. With all of your questions answered, simply enquire to have JamesRAy perform for your next engagement.
JamesRAy is the genuine Arkansas USA cowboy. You can't get more country than that!
His performances include many styles: Cajun, Tex Mex, Calypso Reggae Cowboy (like Jimmy Buffett ), Country Rock (like Elvis, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, The Eagles and the Rolling Stones ), Western Swing, covers of Classic Pop hits, and JamesRay performs his own originals. James will discuss with you how he can tailor his musical performance to suit your event.
Ideal for: dance music for party or corporate event, Country themed event, dance, concert, hoe down
Brown Eyed Girl
In The Mystic
Take It Easy
Peaceful Easy Feeling Already Gone
I Ain’t Ever Satisfied
Angel Is The Devil I Know
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
The Piano Man
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
That’s All right Mama Never Been To Spain
Jail House Rock
Love Me Tender
Lay Down Sally
Willie & The Hand Jive Cocaine
6th Ave. Heartache
Old Time Rock & Roll Turn The Page
Against The Wind
Se La Vi
AMA. RHYTHM ACE
Third Rate Romance
Gimme Three Steps
Sweet Home Alabama What’s Your Name Little Girl
Keep On A Rockin’ Me Baby
Honky Tonk Woman Jumping Jack Flash
On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
Johnny Be Good
Knocking On Heavens Door Tangled Up In Blue
Rainy Day Woman #12 & #35
Everything Is Broken
Born In The U.S.A.
Under The Boardwalk
I Saw Her Standing There Twist & Shout
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
RHYTHM & BLUES
Dock Of The Bay
Saturday Night Grapefruit
A Pirate At Forty
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Tin Cup Chalice
The Wino That I Know
Pencil Thin Mustache
Why Don’t We Get Drunk
Kick It In
Changes In Latitudes
Joe Knows How To Live
I Got Mexico
An American Dream
Fish’n In The Dark
BROOKS ‘N’ DUNN
A Man This Lonely
Rock My World
Here’s A Quarter
If Tomorrow Never Comes
Papa Loved Mama
Friends In Low Places
Two Pina Coladas
Long Neck Bottle
If I said You had a Beautiful Body
Do you Love as Good as You Look
Too Cold At Home
I’ll Think Of Something
I’d Love To Lay You Down
I’ve Already Loved You In My Mind
Chasing the Dream
Be Good At It
Preserving The Wildlife
A Beautiful Woman Valentine
I Can Help You Forget
Could I Live Without You Puppy Dog
Hillbilly Go Home
When I Go Back Home Drop A Line
Day In Night Out
Ride the Rollin’ Thunder
I Love Having you To come Home to
It’s Making Me Old
AND many more!
Don’t Rock The Jukebox
Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow
Here In The Real World
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
I’ll Give You Love
Tiger By The Tail
Just Call Me Lonesome
All My Ex’s
You Look So Good In Love
Let’s Fall To Pieces
A Fire I Can’t Put Out
Ocean Front Property
Does Ft. Worth Cross Your Mind
Amarillo By Morning
The Cowboy Rides Away
Working Man Blues
The Way Love Goes Ramblin’ Fever
Are The Good Times Really Over
Make-up And Faded Blue Jeans
Big City Going
Where The Lonely Go
The Rest Of My Life
Think I’ll Just Stay Here & Drink
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star
Today I Started Loving You Tonight
The Bottle Let Me Down
Oh Lonesome Me
Baby Likes To Rock It
Don’t Leave Her Lonely
Burn me Down
Long Haired Country Boy
Pocket Of A Clown
Guitars -N- Cadillacs
Long White Cadillac
Turn It On - Turn It Up
Fast As You
It Takes A Lot To Rock You
I Hear You Knocking
Honky Tonk Man
I Got You
It Only Hurts Me When I Cry
Heartaches By The Number
Wine Me Up
Folsum Prison Blues
Ring of Fire
King Of The Road
He Stopped Loving Her Today
The Race Is On
Is Anybody Going To San Antone
Kiss An Angel Good morning
You Win Again
I Can’t Help It
Honky Tonk Blues
Your Cheating Heart
I’m From the Country
How’d I Wind Up in Jamaica
Ten Rounds with Jose
Honky-tonk Dancin’ Machine
Something Like That
Down on the Farm
I Like it I love it
Dance the Night Away
You Always Bring Me Down
BILLY RAY CYRUS
Achy Breaky Heart
She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy
Living Fast Forward
When the Sun Goes Down
I Left Something Turn on at Home
Too Much Fun
PIRATES OF THE MISSISSIPPI
If the Good Die Young
Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
Ain’t Living Long Like This
On The Road Again
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies
Blue Eyes Crying
Gotta Get Drunk
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Me And Bobby McGee
DAVID ALLEN COE
You Never Call Me By My Name (Perfect C&W Song)
JOHNNY PAY CHECK
Take This Job And Shove It
No Way Jose
All She Ever Wants Is More
Six Days On The Road
All My Rowdy Friends
JamesRay is available:
solo - either with backing tracks (for dance) or accompanying himself on guitar for more intimate occasions
Duo - adding either a fiddle/mandolin player or a keyboard player depending on style of performance required
4 piece band - the ideal band for country rock dance - Elvis, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, The Eagles and the Rolling Stones
5 piece - great for the full country experience including slide guitar and accordion along with bass and drums and steel drums
6 piece - adds violin/mandolin player to the 5 piece - ideal for a good old Hoe Down!
10 piece - for a full western swing event adding female vocalists etc.
JamesRay is happy to talk to you about which size band is going to give you the best experience for your event.
James' musical influences are as multifarious as the inspirations of his eccentric and variant life story. This very diversity is at the pinnacle of his dynamic and passionate performances. With band, duo or solo his live performances exude a passion like no other.
JamesRAy is the 2003 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year and the 2002 NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Songwriter award winner. He holds the prestigious ACMA 2002 award for Best Original Song, Best Male Vocalist and the supreme award of Best Overall Performer as well as the recipient of five top NZ Sun City Music Awards for 2003.
Since coming to New Zealand in 2000 with his Kiwi lady, JamesRAy has found a unique niche for himself as a much demanded solo artist, performing to sold out concerts with the likes of The Amazing Rhythm Aces as well as co-billing with such Kiwi icons as Hammond Gamble, Paul Ubana Jones and the Warratahs. Performing on the New Zealand national TV Ones' "The Good Morning Show" and numerous radio shows has allowed him to reach yet a greater audience.
JamesRAy's career began in the hillbilly dance halls and honky tonks of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee with his 'hard living' 1950's rock & country music playing ex-military father playing lead guitar. JamesRAy was surrounded by the croonings of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty and many other great country artist of the time. Kentucky Bluegrass and Bob Will's Western Swing had it's affair with JamesRAy as well in those impressionable years.
As fate would have it, JamesRAy would have to discover the sounds of Jimmy Buffet and Dwight Yoakam taking him in a yet another direction for his own song writing and performing talents. Eventually making the big move to Nashville, JamesRAy came face to face with his own insurgent influences and the likes of Steve Earl, Jim Lauderdale, Lynard Skynyrd and Ray Kennedy.
Finally, JamesRAy got a super dose of musical persuasion when he accepted an offer to join the Bob Dylan backline crew on their world tour throughout the mid 1990's. By the late 90's JamesRAy returned to Nashville to write with gold and platinum award winning songwriters Kerry and Lynn Gillespie-Chater. Then the love of a Kiwi girl brought JamesRAy to the shores of New Zealand where he still writes and pursues the dream of being a country music star.
JamesRAy's music has been called everything from Insurgent, Americana, Alternative Country Rock to Roots and Folk. I'd say it's Acoustic Groove with all the influences of the American South. That includes most everything from Blues to Bluegrass. Whatever the listener feels comfortable calling it is fine with me.
" I just have to play what I feel. So, I guess I'd have to say I feel Country music the best. "
Look what talent buyers & promoters are saying about JamesRAy:
Thank you for your fantastic performance last night 24th March 2007 , everyone said how fantastic the music was and the music you played was spot on for the group we had @ Bracs Restaurant. We hope to have you at the restaurant again in the near future.
- From The Team and Management at Bracs Restaurant
What a fantastic show for my 60th. You had the songs for us oldies and friends have called to say they have not enjoyed such a great evening for ages. I applaud your humour and showmanship. Very entertaining. Two have said they are still singing "she thinks my tractor's sexy". Others are keen to call in at the Africa Bar. Thanks so much for a wonderful evening.
Thank you so much for Saturday - you were a real hit. Everyone was so complimentary of your performance and without question, you set the tone for a marvelous day. It was a great thrill for John and at the end of the day that's what it was all about. Once again, on behalf of Kerin and myself, many thanks.
A BIG thank you from Denis and I for making his party such an awesome success, what a night! You were just brilliant - 120 people and each and everyone of them thought the music was just fantastic. So many have phoned me to say what a brilliant night and can we do it all again soon! Having live entertainment in your own home was just amazing, kind of spoils you for future parties though - who can go back to playing cds after that!
What can I say but, "Anyone wanting to have a country party that just rocks, don’t go past JamesRAy!!!!!!!!!"
Bawden Family Oct '07
If you are reading this it is because you are considering hiring the services of JamesRAy. Do So!
“As an event manager for the previous 15 years I have contracted many performers and acts to provide entertainment over that time. JamesRAy’s talent, performance, professionalism and friendly easy-going manner have ranked him with the preferred choices on that list. JamesRAy was amazing. Aside from providing a great musical performance, he showed his skill in reading the crowd and choosing songs that were exactly right to get the guests up and enjoying themselves.”
“I would use JamesRAy’s services without hesitation in the future, and can recommend him to anyone who is looking for musical entertainment that is hassle free and of an extremely high standard.”
- Lisa Grace, Event Manager
"His fresh approach to acoustic country rock and his brilliant song-writing ability lead me to think that it won't be long before he is a household name in this country.”
-D. Edwards of Rock it Promotions.
“JamesRAy is not only an accomplished song writer but also a very proficient guitarist and player of the harmonica. He is an excellent performer and is very genuine in the delivery of his material. He has displayed a high degree of professionalism in all aspect of his trade and has been a pleasure to work with. James has performed at the Mussel Inn and we have no hesitation in booking him to perform every chance we get.”
- Andrew Dixon
“JamesRAy consistently gets high numbers through the door on the nights he is performing for our club. We particularly appreciate the fact that JamesRAy takes the time to participate in not just providing the appropriate music for our rock ‘n rollers and line dancers, but also in announcing raffle draws, and the usual club notices, PR, etc. He is a great all-round entertainer.”
-Anne Blackburn, Stetson Club President
“I can highly recommend JamesRAy and his talents to any interested party. JamesRAy has and continues to establish himself as a professional song writer and entertainer as evident with his numerous awards. If you would like to discuss his potential for years of vibrancy and marketability further please do not hesitate to contact me.”
-Gray Bartlett - New Zealand Entertainment Academy
The Variety Artists of New Zealand has awarded JamesRAy with the coveted Top Male Artist Award for 2011
The Oscars of Country Music awards JamesRAy with Country Music Male Artist of the Year
The most prestigious event on the country music calendar: the National Country Music Awards
(HIBISCUS COAST) – 15 August 2011 – The National Country Music Awards has named Hibiscus Coast resident, JamesRAy, the 2011 Male Artist of the Year.
JamesRAy is the 2003 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year and the 2002 NZCMA Entertainer of the Year Songwriter award winner. He holds the prestigious ACMA 2002 award for Best Original Song, Best Male Vocalist and the supreme award of Best Overall Performer as well as the recipient of five top NZ Sun City Music Awards for 2003
· His latest Album, "Chasing the Dream" was a New Zealand Music Tui Grand Finalist in both the 'Best Country Album' and 'Best Country Song'.
· Sony Records has included JamesRAy on "NZ's Best Country Songs" compilation CD along with Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and many other great kiwi artists.
Just a short note to thank you for organising the James Ray Band and the line dancers for Saturday night.
The line dancers were great but the band really made the party awesome! The guys were fantastic - talented, professional and fun. They brought the whole night together in a really special way.
Lexel Systems Ltd
James Ray was fantastic in fact he was absolutely loved by everyone there. We couldn’t have been luckier at 5pm they were packing up and then it started
With a light drizzle then within 5 mins of having finished loading the heavens opened up. He is such a neat guy he even gave me and Chris a CD as a gift
So tell him we played it nearly all day Sunday.
Feedback……………Most definitely recommend him to anyone.
Thanks for everything
Iwi & Chris
James RAy was simply fabulous! He's the best performer we have had at our Annual Mangawhai Wine + Food Festival for getting the crowd up and moving and jiving and just having a fun time. (Not too mention he's super cute too!). I would recommend James RAy without hesitation - top class act in all aspects.
Mangawhai Walking Weekend
Amazing night – Thank you very much.
travel Managers Group
I am sorry I haven’t been in contact to thank you and JamesRay.
I flew to the UK after the Xmas party and have only been able to access emails this week.
We had a great night and the feedback was very positive on the band and the overall theme of the event. James Ray was professional and knew how to read the crowd and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a country themed event.
You have also been very helpful, so thank you for your time in helping organise a successful event for us.
Kimberley Clark NZ
Thanks for a great concert; we’ve had some really good feedback from customers who loved it.
1) I found you through the Pete McGregor website
2)Pete’s recommendation and your website were impressive
3)I wanted to put on a country night and there were very few artists in the south island that fitted the bill. Your fees were fairly reasonable too. I really wanted a country band but just couldn’t afford it
4)Your strengths lie in your personality. You have a very friendly and warm attitude to your audience. It’s good to tell people about your family back home and the stories are excellent as it connects people to you and they can relate to your experiences. Take care and we’ll maybe see you again next year.
The Playhouse Theatre Nelson
Thought I would drop you a line re feedback for your client James Ray:
What a fantastic night we all had, James Ray (Duo) was absolutely
awesome and so many people commented
how fabulous the music was, what a great act. We had about 120 people
and I don't think there was one person
there who did not enjoy the music.
James was truly amazing, such an easy going guy, he chatted away to all
and sundry like "the guy next door". Kind of spoils you for the next
party though,how on earth can one go back to just having cds and the like playing
when you experience live entertainment in your own home.
It was worth every penny!
Many thanks for your recommendation, anyone wanting a great country
night - don't go past James Ray!
Sorry about it being so long for me to respond. James Ray was great as usual. Lovely guy and great music – lots of comments about the music so I think everyone enjoyed the night. Thank you.
Jill Tong Nov 2006
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