“Merrol Ray is former frontman for Miles From Nowhere, the band that won the Dallas-based Shiner Rising Star competition in 2006 and went on to make a pretty good CD. His solo debut, Stanley, is filled with a strong vocal presence, and he does a good job on sincere but somewhat derivative outlaw country rock: I'm bad, badder than you kinda music, so it's my way and the highway and I'm going to burn the bridges I cross and only time will tell.
"Only Time Will Tell" is one of the better songs, along with the different drummer "Dancin' Hard" and "To My Grave" which tells the story of a man on the run for murdering a woman. The closing "King of the Blues" is pure power rock. Ray wrote all ten songs, including co-writing "A Waste" with Michael O'Neal.
“Merrol Ray brought it all to the One Eyed Jack Saturday night.Original Regulators Jeremy Lee and Jason Pruett alongside Whitewright’s own Ryan Littrell on electric guitar. Together with them, Merrol brought original,covers,country,red dirt,rock, and rap.Yes.Rap,complete with sideways cap and crotch hold.
The Regulators’magic was in the air,although Jeremy and Merrol said they both were having to “think” about the music. It had been months, since May, when that trio had played together. Ryan has played with Merrol several times since then. He seems to smile more on every stage he shares with Merrol,especially,Saturday night,when Merrol shared a little style with him. Coach Joe Avazanno has said it more than 12 times, Merrol Ray is the best guitarist ever! Ryan is up there among the top, even though he won’t admit it even to himself.
Jason on the drums is steady,unpretentious, and the rock of the band. Jeremy on bass adds attitude and unique style with rhythms that turn lead a”
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