When: Aug. 17-18 2012
Early Ray's Rayen Belcher is a musician with a heart for the guitar and a long-term relationship with country music, except this relationship isn't a smooth and easy one. Early Ray has been roughing and tumbling with the genre as they create the bastard love child of Kiss, Hank Williams Jr., and Johnny Cash. This weekend, the South Carolina native Belcher, along with band members Joanna Perry, Kerry Brooks, and Gary Greene, will take the stage at Hootie and Blowfish's annual Homegrown Concert. Last year, Hootie guitarist and songwriter Mark Bryan produced a song for Early Ray. At the time, Early Ray was looking for a drummer, and Bryan pointed the band to Greene. "It all started with Mark and the relationship grew from there," says Troy Perry, the band's manager. Later, Early Ray was asked to play at the Homegrown show. Not surprisingly, they accepted. And that's not all that's on the band's plate. The band is also working on the video for their new single "Where the Wild Things Are." For more information, visit earlyray.com.