Kelby Ray

Guitars: Electric/Steel/Bass

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Electric, Acoustic, Lap & Pedal Steel, Dobro and Bass Guitarist. 3x ACM Awards nominee & Classic Rock Award-winning guitarist for country-rock band The Cadillac Three. 20+ years touring and session recording experience, working with producers including Dann Huff, Bob Rock, Dave Cobb, and more.

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, I started playing electric guitar at age 14. After graduating with a music business degree from MTSU, I started my touring life in my 20’s as a lead and rhythm guitarist, eventually moving on to bass and lap steel as well. I specialize in rock and country but enjoy playing many musical genres, most notably pop and R&B.

Artists I've shared the stage with include:
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church
ZZ Top
Dierks Bentley
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Kip Moore
Luke Bryan
Hank Williams Jr.
The Pretenders
Jake Owen
Florida Georgia Line
The Charlie Daniels Band
Travis Tritt
Cole Swindell
Little Big Town
The Marshall Tucker Band, and more.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Languages

  • English

Interview with Kelby Ray

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: I’d say don’t overthink it. If it sounds good, roll with it! It’s easy to get caught up in a mix but if the part works in the track and you like the way it sounds, print it.

  3. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: As a member of The Cadillac Three, I spend most of my weekends playing heavy southern rock and country. When doing session work, I've worked on similar genres, but also pop, hip/hop, r&b, and singer-songwriter tracks. I love playing all styles of music.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: I have an efficient workflow and am able to turn around tracks pretty quickly. I have a pretty good ear and usually don't have trouble charting out songs.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: I'm great at accompaniment, being able to add a variety of textures from an assortment of instruments to help a song stand out. It's something that's fun for me and I enjoy doing.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I'm pretty quick to dissect a song from a demo. I can work out the arrangement, key, and instrumentation without a problem. I can easily send tracks within a couple of days and am more than happy to do any fixes or tweaks with a fast turnaround.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I track everything at home or on the road with a UA Apollo rig and Logic Pro. Most sounds come direct but I also have the capability of tracking amps at my home studio.

  13. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  14. A: I'm a fan of all music and styles. I'm a fan of production and layering, but there's also something to be said for just a guitar and a vocal. I grew up on 80s and 90s country, rock, and jam band stuff. I also love old school R&B and pop.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: I'm usually hired to play lap steel or bass, but am available for pedal steel, dobro, and ganjo. I've also got a guzheng at the house if anybody wants to get weird!

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The Cadillac Three - Bar Round Here

I was the lap steel and bass in this production

Terms Of Service

Multiple tracks of various instrumentation available. Prices vary on a per song basis, feel free to reach out. I'll get back to you fast with quick turnarounds for your project.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Cadillac Three
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Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin
  • Logic Pro X
  • Waves
  • Fender Strat/Tele
  • Gibson Les Paul/ES339
  • Paul Beard Dobro
  • various lap steels
  • Fender 400 Pedal Steel
  • Orange Amplifiers
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