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Harrison Ray 

When: Fri., Nov. 9 2012

Harrison Ray has packed up his bags and moved out to the country, but there's no need to expect the freak folkster to start writing honky tonkers and murder ballads. "I'm true country. I love to sip coffee and listen to leaves crackle under a sycamore tree," Ray says. "Rest easy, though. I will never release a country record. I never want to dig in that well-worn denim ditch." The former head ghost whisperer for Harrison Ray's Magic Ghost has nothing but good things to say about his time in the Holy City. "It's been real good to me in hindsight. I will always come back to play and talk philosophy with those who care," Ray adds. "However, some force seems to draw me into those cornfields. This little city gave me the message I needed, and now I'm hanging up the phone." A master of penning otherworldly folk, Ray is currently working on a new collection of spacey, spectral tunes titled For Good Luck and Bad Weather. "The new songs were written over the course of this past year, which gave me a few bumps on the head, almost spiritual, not in the religious sense nor in the 'I shop at the health food store' sense, though it is divine in its own unique way," Ray says. "I feel somewhat out of touch with the world around me. A great deal of people are wearing masks and don't know it. The songs are a diffused reflection of this experience." —Chris Haire

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