Ray Gilman - Ray Gilman: Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizer, Bass, Drums

Ray Gilman Bio

A veteran of the Twin Cities Music scene, Ray has recorded 12 CD's, played thousands of live shows, and produced CD's for other artists in his own recording studio. A multi instrumentalist Ray sings, plays acoustic and electric guitars, and keyboards. Ray is heavily influenced by guitarists Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, David Gilmour, Robin Trower, The Beatles and too many others to list.

Ray started playing guitar at 11 years old and his high school band Crossfire in the mid 70’s became an instant hit booking many gigs even when no one in the band owned a car. They had to be creative to get transportation to the gigs. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Ray played with the local hard rock group Hotash. A six piece group that started with nothing and with persistence owned their own large sound and light system and bus to tour the upper Midwest. Ray’s house and band headquarters in St. Paul Park hosted legendary parties and jam sessions. After Hotash Ray did a stint as a guitar slinger playing with a variety of bands and jamming with blues legend Mojo Buford.

In the late 80’s Ray joined Compass a local 5 piece progressive rock band. They released the CD Broken Man (Ray’s first CD) in 1991. After Compass disbanded Ray bought his own Tascam 8 track reel to reel recording system and released his first solo CD Out Of Sight Out Of Mind in 1994 which has now become a collector’s item.

Ray got the live one man band concept after attending a Todd Rundgren concert and began assembling the backing tracks in his home studio. Ray spent the next few years travelling and performing as a one man band across the Midwest. After a jam with friends Pat Swedzinski, Tim Bjerke (from Ray’s former band Compass) and Mike Giampalo (from Ray’s former band Hotash) TMPR was formed in Lowertown St. Paul and with the help of Oarfin Records they recorded the CD Live Tantrums live at Amellia’s in St. Paul in 1994. The band was a hit in the clubs playing Alternative covers in their set and were probably the first local band to play songs from the now defunct radio station the Edge. The live shows were high energy and dubbed tantrums by their followers.  

In the late 90’s Ray enrolled in recording school and produced the CD Tales Of Modern Times. After recording school Ray set up his own studio in his home and recorded a one man band CD called Evening Sky, inspired by a trip to the Gulf Coast. In July 1998 Ray with the help of his underage son Brian formed Gilman’s Crossing. Gilman’s Crossing recorded 3 CD’s and did over one thousand gigs over an 18 year period with changing players. Ray continued recording solo albums releasing the instrumental CD Altitude in 2005 which got him a good review in the now defunct 20th Century Guitar magazine. Ray released more solo CD’s Let It Go in 2010 and No Reason in 2015. Ray has a new CD in 2016 called Double Speak which is receiving airplay in the US and Europe. Radio host Don Campau called it Ray’s strongest work to date. Ray is currently performing as a one man band to promote his new CD.

 

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