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Kayla Ray LIVE at The Old Jail Listening Room

Roots In The Round presents: An evening with singer/songwriter Kayla Ray, a Waco, Texas native!

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Kayla Ray LIVE at The Old Jail Listening Room
Kayla Ray LIVE at The Old Jail Listening Room

TIME & LOCATION

Jul 19, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Statesville, 203 S Meeting St, Statesville, NC 28677, USA

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ABOUT THE EVENT

Dropping a needle on Kayla Ray’s music can feel a bit like driving down a sun-baked Texas highway. You roll the windows down, feel a sticky-warm breeze circling your hair and you let the soundtrack of real-life stories fuel every mile of the drive.

And for Ray, a fast-rising Americana artist, that’s no accident. A native of Waco, Texas, Ray was baptized to the tune of Bob Wills and Tanya Tucker. She can recite Merle Haggard deep cuts without missing a beat and as a kid, Ray often tuned into the Grand Ole Opry with her grandfather, who built a makeshift antenna to ensure the family picked up a long-distance AM signal from faraway Nashville, Tennessee.

And she spent years cutting her teeth in the industry, studying the rules of the road with country music’s Gimble family (Dick and Emily, the son and granddaughter of Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Gimble) before tour managing for honky-tonk staple Jason Eady. In 2014, she graduated from backstage to centerstage, singing her songs – sprinkled with appreciation for the artists who helped raise her –Hank Williams, Tom T. Hall and, of course, Loretta Lynn.

Now, she’s releasing her long-awaited label debut The World’s Weight. A collection of songs doused in days of fall-too-hard love and nights of brown-liquored therapy, it debuts June 7 via Real AF Records, an Average Joes Entertainment imprint founded by singer-songwriter Bryan Martin.

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