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Ray Yule’s songs connect with anyone who has ever experienced love, loss, addiction, grade school bullies, milkmen, pogo sticks, inter-galactic tricycle travel, and, naturally, dancing cats. Ray’s lyrics lock into accessible melodies with immediate sing-along hooks: “I like the English language and the challenge of creating images with words. I want a song to tell a story or to form a mental movie. Of course, you won’t go wrong with ‘Na na na’s…’ now and then.”
Ray’s music is rock with an alternative bent, but cross-genre songwriting versatility is one of his strengths. Eclectic, yes, but there is stylistic unity in full evidence on two independent CD’s: Kaput and Yesirree which Ray released under the LESTER SCRAM BAND moniker. A multi-instrumentalist, Ray wrote, performed and produced these CD’s along with collaborator Brad Mair. Prior to this, Ray’s songs can be heard on Waiting for Mike, another popular local CD (1996) and Gocart, a prized cult item, also produced with Brad Mair.
Throughout southeastern British Columbia, there is a large audience for Ray’s work. He has sold thousands of CD’s and receives regular radio airplay. His song, “Love is Cool” was a winner in the Alternative Country category of the British Columbia Country Songwriter Association writer competition.
Ray lives in Castlegar, British Columbia where he has earned a reputation as a musician in demand. He was a founding member of Vision and has played with numerous other bands, including Michael Stand, Waiting for Mike and Lester Scram. Ray continues to write, record and performs at regional clubs, festivals and special events.