Born: October 19, 1943
Cherokee County, Texas
Ray started playing guitar in church as a youngster when he was 8 years old. Later, at the age of 15, he began playing in dance halls (I think someone helped him get in the door). He graduated from Smiley High School in Houston in 1962. On June 5, 1965 Ray was drafted into the Army and was stationed in West Germany. His band, The Western Jesters, was the #1 Country Western band in West Germany in 1966/1967. It was the only local band to ever be invited into AFN Studios in Frankfurt to record. While in Germany, they opened for Faron Young, Daryl McCall, Dottie West, Ferlin Husky, and Tommy Duncan of the Texas Playboys.
Ray married his blushing bride, Kathy, in 1966 in Basil Switzerland. That’s another story in itself. The waiting period in Switzerland was much shorter than that of Germany. (Get the scoop from Ray).
Ray turned down a recording and touring contract with Giesler Agency in May of 1967, choosing to come back home to the United States and start a family, subsequently retiring from music…at least for a while…Kathy and Ray have two sons, Jeffrey Layne and Monte Eugene. They also enjoy their six grandchildren, AND three horses and two dogs.
We’re not sure who coerced Ray to come out of retirement, but we’re glad they did! He joined The Liberty Opry Band in 1994/1995 and has been playing here for the past 15-1/2 years.
Ray is still married to Kathy (our very own ticket booth Kathy) and yes, she still blushes.
Some of Ray’s favorites are:
Color: Blue (Azul) Yes, Ray speaks Spanish too!
Cars: My Pick-up Truck
TV Shows: Football and Golf
Movies: My wife and I have only seen two movies in the past
15 years and the only one that comes to mind is
“Something Of Value”
Hobbies: Fishing, Golf, Hunting, Horses – not necessarily in that order
Singers: Ray Price, Gene Watson, Marty Robbins
Entrees: Steak and Baked Potato
Dessert: Carrot Cake (3 days aged)
Sports Role Model: Roger Staubach – a no frills, matter-of-fact, get the job done kind-of-guy
Dislikes: Not seeing my grandkids often enough