(Muddy Waters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muddy_Waters ) / http://www.richardrayfarrell.com/
Some people live to make money, and some people make money to live. Some people are music lovers, some people are hobby musicians, and then again some people live and breathe music. They are the “real deal,” so to speak. Richard Ray Farrell is one of them. He has not only mastered the art of singing and playing the blues—he has literally “lived” the blues for years on end.
Born in Niagara Falls, New York in 1956, Richard Ray left his hometown only two weeks after graduating from high school and backpacked his way through Europe, not knowing at the time that music would be his destiny. More than twenty-five years on the road as a traveling blues musician was to give him substantial credentials as a top-notch talent in the world of the blues.
Richard Ray started as a street musician or “busker” in Paris, France in 1975. Totally fascinated with the music of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and other legendary blues players, Richard played for hours on end in the halls and tunnels of the Parisian “Metro” subway, scraping out a living as a musician, literally a “po’ boy long way from home.”
Little by little, Richard worked his way up from the subways and
streets of cities throughout the continent, eventually forming his own band and going on to perform on some of the largest and most prestigious stages in Europe, together with some of the true “giants” of traditional American blues music.
In 1978, Richard got an offer to front a blues-rock band in Spain. These were hard times for Richard. He was making even less money than when he was playing on the street and sometimes was “down to his last shirt and pair of jeans.” All this time, Richard had been living as a “tourist” and was unable to take a normal job, having no official working papers.
Richard lived the life of a true gypsy for years, and actually did live with a Gypsy family for six months in Spain in the late 1970’s. To make things even harder, Richard became a father to a baby boy in 1980. He made the move to Germany with his then wife and child in 1985 and started playing for a local blues band in the Stuttgart area. In 1987, Richard opened for Joe Cocker at the Backnang Open Air Festival. He was still playing on the streets, as the blues band just didn’t make enough money to live on. But things were starting to pick up.
Richard formed his first trio, the Richard Ray Farrell Band, in 1989….
In October 2006 Richard, together with Steve Guyger, released Down Home Old School Country Blues. This CD immediately reached #18 on the Living Blues Charts and is getting world-wide air play. This CD has placed Farrell and Guyger amongst the top blues duos in the world today.
Richard Ray can be found playing with his band, solo, or with well known musicians living the tri-state area, including Steve Guyger and Steve Gomes. Richard continues to tour in Europe and is frequently accompanied by Italian harmonica virtuoso Marco Pandolfi.
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