About Luke Ray

I grew up about 40 minutes north of Chicago. From 2008 to 2012 I played guitar in a band called the Burrows 4 (see iTunes or YouTube), and I still play every day. I love rock ‘n’ roll…always have and always will.

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Monday Mixer

The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Sister Surround I get the feeling this song was written very quickly. The kind where one musician starts playing something, then the others join in, and all of a sudden there’s a song happening. This is a very enjoyable recording from start to finish. It’s got a movie quality […]

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Glen Hansard – Drive All Night (Review)

Though Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard has been around for some time, Drive All Night is technically only his second solo effort (after 2012’s Rhythm and Repose). This four-song EP was released to raise money for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit charity whose goal is to restore music education in public schools. The title track, a […]

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Monday Mixer

1 - “Green Thoughts” – The Smithereens, Green Thoughts (1988) This track is one of my favorite album-closers of all time, and I was thrilled when they played it at the Wells Street Festival in Chicago last summer. Clever chord changes, often on syncopated beats, and poppy melodies make this song memorable. 2 – “Tomorrow” – […]

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Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival (Review)

Recorded live at the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968, I thought this release would be just another set of recordings that would fall through the cracks like many of the posthumous Hendrix releases have. It’s too early to say how it will be received, but I think this one has a few special […]

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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington – High Rise (Review)

For the third or forth time in their history as a band, Stone Temple Pilots have experienced another rejuvenation. The result this time is their new EP High Rise, their first release since 2010’s Stone Temple Pilots. It’s also their first release without former lead singer and founding member Scott Weiland, who was fired from […]

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Sting – The Last Ship (Review)

Written by Luke Ray The first Sting album comprised of originals since 2003’s Sacred Love, The Last Ship is not quite the same as his older albums: this one is the soundtrack to a musical he wrote that is expected to make it to Broadway in 2014. As excited as I was for the new […]

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