Born in Jersey and raised on the West Coast. He is known as someone with something to say. Grew up listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Rick Nelson, Merl Haggart, George Jones and more.
Ray picked up the guitar and harmonica in his late teens. But his heart was always in the words of the classic songs he grew up on. He writes about what he knows and he has lived in the classic Country and Blues/Rock style.
He sings his songs like someone who owns the story. Ray has had the good fortune with his band, Broke Fence, to have recorded with some great musicians such as Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams), John J.T. Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Rick Shea (Dave Alvin, Rosie Perez), Bruce Watson (Rod Stewart), Chuck Kavoorus, and Brad Cobb (Tori Amos), David Chamberlain (Roy Buchanan, Manhattan Transfer). Ray’s band also includes Mark Hayes (lead guitar) and Luke Hayes (drums).
Ray had recorded two albums back to back: “In California Country” and “Where We Come From”. Both of which are receiving extensive radio play in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Ray’s songs have shared the bill with such notables as: Tim Mc Graw, Billy Yates, the Bellamy Brothers and others on more than twenty radio compilations in the past two years.
Ray’s songs have qualified as top finalist 7 times from 2007 through 2013 for the Song of the Year Contests. He won 2007 “Top 25 songs/CD” for IndieMusic.com and eleven finalist nominations for his song “Man of Steel” in 2008 through the Fame Game Effigy award ceremony. And the radio stations which have played Ray’s music are too numerous to list.
Ray has just released his 3rd CD Mended Fences with 14 new tracks. This makes Ray William Roldan a highly sought after Artist for his songs and contributions to Country, Americana and Roots rock. The new Cd “Mended Fences” as with the prior 2 CDs are available through CDBaby, Itunes, Amazon and many other sources. Produced by Brad Cobb/Mark Hayes and myself with help on drums from David Carisony of the Rippingtons and Rick Shae on pedal steel and of course Bruce Watson and all the other cats from the earlier CD’s!
All Songs on Mended Fences CD written, Preformed and Published by Ray William Roldan