Ray Beadle is the genuine article. His music comes from the heart and soul. Ray's music is rich with a deep history of the Blues. Rich from 20 years of experience performing nationally and internationally. And rich from a deep understanding of his instrument and how to make it stir something within the listener. That's what the Blues is about.
The music is infectious - whether it be slinky swingin' dance music or bubbling Rhythm 'n Blues ... or whether he's crooning blues gospels or igniting the fretboard like few others.
Ray picked up the guitar when he was 9, and for the next twenty years played with and learned from the best, which includes performing and recording with the Foreday Riders (commonly referred to as the University of the Blues). Ray has shared the stage with many great Australian and international artists and has thrilled countless festival audiences. A 3 month residency with the house band in B.B. King's club in Memphis and Buddy Guy's Blues Club in Chicago, as well as playing several American blues festivals were all defining moments during Ray's three tours to the USA.
Ray's guitar and vocal styles evoke numerous blues legends, whilst concocting a breathless style all of his own. It is not by chance that Ray has become a favourite among Australian blues and music fans.
* 2007 winner of The Sydney Blues Society / Australian Blues Music Performer of the Year.
* 1998 Australian Blues Music Award Winner Best Male Artist.
* 1997 Australian Blues Music Award Winner Best New Male Artist
He released his first solo CD "Movin' On" in 1998, a CD with the infamous King Brothers (trio format) in 2000 and "The Good Life" in 2001 with his band, the Vipers. He also features on CDs with Bridie & the Boogie Kings and many others. Ray's new album "Loaded" was released September 2009.