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Early Show R&R Sunday: Jeff Ray w/ PK Mayo
Sunday, December 10, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
“PK MAYO,” also known as Paul Mayasich, grew up on the Iron Range and is a natural musical talent on guitar, especially slide-guitar. He has garnered worldwide praise: Vintage Guitar Magazine and Blues Matters UK have drawn comparisons to the work of Duane Allman, Lowell George, Roy Buchanan, Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreth. His rich vocals have been receiving as much attention as his guitar tone and melodic riffs. PK MAYO is a recipient of a Minnesota Music Award for “Best Blues Recording”, has been named “Blues Performer of the Year” by the Minnesota Blues Society and is a member of the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame.
He will be joined by Minnesota resonator slide-guitarist and songwriter JEFF RAY on Sunday Dec 10, 1-3pm (2nd Sunday “Roots & Resophonics” series) at the White Squirrel Bar in St Paul, MN. RAY’s music is rooted in the traditions of acoustic blues and American primitive fingerstyle guitar while also integrating Indian classical and world music styles under the cryptic guise of alternate guitar tunings. His music recalls early blues and rock, fingerstyle-folk, and Indian Carnatic music – sounding equal parts Ry Cooder, Grateful Dead and RL Burnside.
JEFF has shared the stage with Chris Smither, Justin Townes Earl, Indigenous, Spider John Koerner, Earl Greyhound, Black Diamond Heavies, Pat Donohue, Retribution Gospel Choir, Dawes, and Charlie Parr, among others. He has earned recognition as a first-place winner of the Minnesota Blues Society “Road to Memphis” competition and placed second in the Trocadero’s Spotlight Songwriter Competition.
JEFF RAY hosts the “Roots & Resophonics” concert series at the White Squirrel Bar on the 2nd Sunday of every month, 1-3pm, featuring a unique duo performance of the most talented local and regional musicians in the American roots genre.