A prolific and likeable storyteller who regales audiences with all sorts of music trivia tales, Ray Harris’s 3rd release, Kinda Sets The Tone, is a collection of mighty fine tunes from this master of Americana music.
The title track and first single off the album, “Kinda Sets The Tone”, swings its way right across your heartbreak. His wry humour glints in “Rain On Your Thunder (The Spanish Imposition)”, a passion for cars shines clearly in “Big Old American Cars” and “Margaret’s Waltz” is an out and out love song. In thirteen full band tracks, this album covers the gamut from blues to country to folk.
Ray’s first release, “East End, West End, North End, South End” (2009), gave us rootsy music worthy of our time. “The deep emotion of the lyrics is matched by a lived-in, dense instrumentation of guitar, pedal steel, banjo and organ” Fateema Sayani, Ottawa Citizen
“Poorly Kept Secrets” (2012), was called “the best of Canada’s ‘new wave’ (of country music)” by Country Music People magazine, UK.