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December 8, 2007

Grammy-Winning Blues Singer Donald Ray Johnson in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Donald Ray Johnson
Appearing Tonight
Ironwood Stage, Calgary

Smokin’ Hot Rhythm & Blues at Ironwood Tonight

Grammy Award-winning R&B vocalist and drummer Donald Ray Johnson performs a hometown show tonight at Ironwood Stage in Calgary.

Recently nominated for the 2007 Maple Blues ‘Best Male Blues Vocalist’, Johnson is home for a couple of months before returning to Europe to tour in 2008.

Born in Bryan, Texas, Donald Ray began his music career at the age of 13 with blues piano man Nat Dove, and playing locally throughout his teens. He joined the Navy in the early 60’s, returning home to settle in San Diego and working in local clubs, and making the first introduction to long-time friend and colleague, guitarist Phillip Walker.

Relocating to L.A. in the early 70’s, where he worked with saxophonist Joe Houston’s Big Band, he met songwriter and producer Perry Kibble, a who was forming his new band “A Taste of Honey”, which went on to become the first Afro-American band to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Johnson has spent the last couple of decades based in Calgary, and is a highly regarded member of the Canadian blues community.

Donald Ray has released four albums, his latest, Travelin’ Man (2006), showcases the musician’s rich baritone and features long-time collaborator Maurice John Vaughn on guitar.

Over the years Donald Ray has been recognized by several prestigious awards and nominations, including including Real Blues Magazine’s ‘Best Canadian Blues Vocalist’ (1997), a nomination for Best Blues Drummer (1997) and ‘Best Male Blues Vocalist’ (1998) by the Toronto Blues Society, and a nomination for ‘Best Blues Artist’ by the Alberta Recording Industry Association.

for more info visit www.donaldrayjohnson.com

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