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Story Of Love For the Bandits Turned Good (first EP) by Ellyot H Ray
Sliding a Weissenborn lap-slide guitar, strumming his open-tuning amazing finger-picking guitar, born in Dijon-France, E.H.Ray, 34, has been on a constant move starting 2000 (Lille-London-Paris) before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in Easton Pa (2011).
Taught classical guitar at the age of 12 by his father, Ray has been looking for his style ever since London, 2003/04, where he started to write songs. In 2008, the standard '6 strings' has slipped out of his hands, when he started to play open-tuning folk & blues .
'It's definitely where it all started, when I first put my guitar on my lap and played slide, with a bottleneck! I knew I had to find a great guitar to go out and play with, get on stage and be known for my 'Weissenborn Slide Guitar' style.' Emmanuel Romont, Belgium guitar maker, did the rest and handcrafted the beautiful Weissenborn-style guitars Ellyot records and plays with today.
As a teenager, E.H.Ray has been nourished by French Romantic Poetry (A. Rimbaud, P.Verlaine, V. Hugo). A touch of those poetry readings remains sincerely and subtly in his writing and shows how he attaches great importance to the words' sounds and meanings, melting them with melodies.
To name a few of his 'guitarist' influences : timeless Robert Johnson, Kelly Joe Phelps, Ben Harper, John Butler, Keb Mo, Keziah Jones, Andy Mc Kee.. Yet he draws his inspirations from a lot of different styles of music like Soul, Funk, Rock, Grunge and Metal or even Hip-hop, and often talks of The Funk Brothers/Tamla Motown Recording Band, Dylan, N. Young, and more recent Incubus, Arcade Fire, Moriarty, Lizz Durett.
Sliding from Dark-Blues to Acoustic Soul, within lyrical folk music, definitely world-widely influenced and oriented, Ellyot H. RAY is yet hard to define and nearly impossible to put in a box. Although he defines himself more of a poet, a traveler or a curious soul, he manages to melt his influences and background history, and sings and plays beautiful melodies while telling enchanting stories.
Come join Ellyot H. RAY onto a journey through timeless blues, folk-rock and soulful acoustic. Come on out listen to Ellyot H. Ray's 'Story Of Love For the Bandits Turned Good'.