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"Killer" Ray Allison first broke into the blues during the early 1970s. Now a regular on the Chicago Blues scene for over four decades, "Killer" Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells. With a reputation as the hardest hitting drummer in the blues world, "he’s turned down gig offers from Eric Clapton, John Mayall and the late Gary Moore so he could fully focus his energies toward leading a band. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award as an instrumentalist.
Highlights of his career include recording with legendary rock stars, The Rolling Stones, Paul Butterfield and Joe Cocker, plus, a performance at Hilary Clinton's birthday party in Chicago in 1998. Closest to this bluesman's heart is his extensive work and commitment to The Chicago School of Blues, a traveling educational program bringing a multicultural experience for students, guest musicians and teachers.
“Killer” also leads Chicago Blues All-Stars, a musical revue that features some of the most talented, entertaining and legendary artists on the scene today. Together Ray and musical partner Daniel “Chicago Slim” Ivankovich, have created a singular sound that is uniquely eclectic, and reflects their lifelong commitment as blues disciples. On May 27, 2010, the Blues Hall of Fame officially recognized "Killer" Ray Allison as a Great Master Blues Artist.