"The Soul-Rock Phenomenon!" - Mathew Knowles
Hazy Ray is an amalgamation of sights and sounds you may have seen and heard before, but never blended together so distinctively to create an experience that ensnares the senses and communicates the soul. The five piece band boldly describes their sound as "… at the core, true rhythm & blues," pulling from their vast influences that range from Jamie Cullum and Dave Matthews to Radiohead and Maroon 5. Hazy Ray’s head-turning sound is equal parts new and familiar, as the band continuously draws from a seemingly-endless bag of tricks. In 2011, the band’s premiere performance in New Orleans birthed the signature sound they now brand as "New Orleans Rock." Their debut album, "Deep and Shallow," was recorded at Houston’s Wire Road Studios later that year.
On stage, Hazy Ray is known for their precise and exceptionally energetic live show that leaves audiences dancing to new charts and singing along to familiar, albeit different, covers.The Texas natives stepped onto the New Orleans scene quickly, landing on bills with Grammy Award-Winning Rebirth Brass band and Ludacris, as well as singer/song-writer John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional, Everclear, Free-Sol, Hunter Hayes, blues greats Tinsley Ellis and Tab Benoit, and festival headliners Cowboy Mouth, Chicago, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Music Festival appearances at Springboard South (Houston), Gretna Music Fest, French Quarter Fest, and performances during SXSW and Jazz Fest this past year show promise into future festivals. The band's 2012 and 2013 summer tours have expanded the group into a National Touring Act, performing across 15 states. Hazy Ray wrapped up a busy and expansive 2014 calendar year with its New Orleans House of Blues New Year's Eve show marking 142 performances on the year.