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Willie Ray began playing shows as early as elementary school. His great passion for traditional country has molded the soon to be sound of the Smokin' Guns. After years of solo performances, Willie reached out to close friend and bassist Clay Hoffmann.
Hoffmann had played in a band with lead guitarist James Roberson for nearly three years. When the idea of the Smokin' Guns became a reality, he was the first musician Hoffmann contacted. Willie followed the addition of Roberson up by contacting his friend Corey Ruff to play a second guitar. Ruff had played in other bands along with some solo work in the Little Rock area. Roberson's talent on lead guitar along with Ruff's brilliant harmonies and guitar rhythms had the band nearly complete.
The search for a drummer was on. Hoffmann and Roberson had recently played in a Christian rock project with drummer Josh Monroe. They saw asking him as a long shot, but could not pass up the opportunity. Monroe (Around the Six, More Than Sparrows) gladly accepted the position and even brought his brother Ben Monroe in to play piano.
In January of 2013, Willie, Clay Hoffmann, and their friend Jordan Anderson recently traveled to Nashville's Off the Wall Studio (www.otwstudios.com) to work with producer Robert Venable. They recorded their original song "Finish My Beer" with the help of studio drummer Spencer Loveless. Look for a release on iTunes in the near future.
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