Steve McRay - Atlanta musician, Keyboard player, Hammond
B3 player, Vocalist, Composer, Songwriter, Studio musician
Worked extensively in
recording studios in Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, NC., Los Angeles,
Ca., Nashville, Tn., London, England...
Keyboard style on the
Grand piano, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer electric piano, many Synths and
Samplers is well noted on recordings
Everything from a funky, bluesy, jazzy,
southern rock style to what is needed for that particular recording - well rounded with touch and feel!...from
Rock Legend Ted Nugent and Rock band 38 Special, Disco
Rock legend Alicia Bridges, to the legendary Folk singer Joan Baez,
as well as
Blues/Jazz Diva Francine Reed...
touring musician, traveled with many artists around the world playing concerts, large festivals, television specials, VH1, MTV, charity events,
corporate events, nightclubs,
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Ben E. King
Johnny Van Zant
the Hammond B3
Ichiban Records Blues Artist
Ben E. King
REVIEW: Jimmy Dawkins: Me, My Guitar &
The Blues - Recording Date 1997, Recorded at KALA Studios, Atlanta, GA -
Producer Bryan Cole
Blues Access (Winter 1998 , # 32, by Jack
A man, his guitar and the blues is all it's ever been about, and it's
all Jimmy Dawkins fans have ever needed. From the git-go there is an
ensemble energy that has been missing in Dawkins' previous Ichiban
outings. Much credit goes to keyboardist Steve McRay, whose tinkling
piano leavens some of the grimness of the Dawkins attack so that a
full-tilt shuffle like "You Don't Want Me" soars on take-off.
Dawkins rocks harder than he has in many years, and in so doing
unleashes brilliant, complex soloing -- nowhere better than on the
high-spirited instrumental "Jimmy's Bag." Yet when it comes
time to go down in the alley, Dawkins uncorks an instant classic in the
near seven-minute title track, which may long be remembered as his
masterpiece. McRay's solemn B-3 is the backdrop for a ferocious
unleashing of Dawkins' pain and despair -- a quintessential "West
Side" lesson in the blues. "Me, My Guitar and the Blues"
offers a number of other gems, none more appealing than the
collaboration between Dawkins and guest Francine Reed on "Down,
Down Baby." It's an experiment that, judging from this tasty
tidbit, could be developed into a pretty terrific duet album. For those
needing an introduction to this musician's musician and long
under-appreciated artist, there's no better place to start than here.
For Dawkins fans, baby your ship has come in!"
Owner of the Independent Record label "Big
Coffee Records", located in Atlanta Georgia - currently working to release 3 CDs -
One - R&B with Contemporary Jazz. The Second - more New Age
smooth jazz flavored music. The Third -
Healing/Stress Relief and Relaxation music.