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This week I am happy to be able to bring you the very talented Kayla Ray. She is just as nice and sweet as she is talented and I believe you guys will enjoy her as much as I do. Please remember to like this page to ensure you never miss an upcoming interview and share this post to help spread Kayla’s music.

Round 1 – What is a lyric from a song, either yours or someone else’s that means a lot to you and why ?

Kayla Ray – As​ ​a​ ​songwriter​ ​I​ ​suppose​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​out​ ​something​ ​of​ ​my​ ​own​ ​I​ ​try​ ​my​ ​very​ ​best​ ​to give​ ​as​ ​much​ ​of​ ​myself​ ​as​ ​possible​ ​to​ ​each​ ​tune​ ​I​ ​write.​ ​However,​ ​as​ ​an avid​ ​fan​ ​and​ ​a​ ​true​ ​lover​ ​of songwriting​ ​in​ ​its​ ​craft​ ​form,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​pick​ ​something​ ​other​ ​than​ ​my​ ​own.

In​ ​particular,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​focus​ ​here​ ​on​ ​the​ ​great​ ​Townes​ ​VanZandt.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​tune​ ​“Tecumseh Valley”​ ​the​ ​first​ ​and​ ​last​ ​line​ ​he​ ​uses​ ​is​ ​simply,​ ​“The​ ​name​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​was​ ​Caroline,​ ​the​ ​daughter of​ ​a​ ​miner.​ ​Her​ ​ways​ ​were​ ​free,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​me​ ​that​ ​sunshine​ ​walked​ ​beside​ ​her.”​ ​The song​ ​then​ ​twists​ ​and​ ​winds​ ​and​ ​introduces​ ​the​ ​young​ ​woman​ ​as​ ​the​ ​lovely​ ​hard​ ​working​ ​heroine of​ ​the​ ​story.​ ​However​ ​as​ ​fate​ ​would​ ​have​ ​it,​ ​her​ ​father​ ​dies​ ​and​ ​she​ ​journeys​ ​so​ ​far​ ​deep​ ​within her​ ​grief,​ ​that​ ​she​ ​becomes​ ​a​ ​prostitute.​ ​And​ ​though​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​occupation​ ​she​ ​chooses​ ​is usually​ ​looked​ ​down​ ​upon,​ ​Townes​ ​never​ ​once​ ​acknowledges​ ​the​ ​societal​ ​shame​ ​put​ ​on​ ​this line​ ​of​ ​work.​ ​Instead​ ​he​ ​insists​ ​that​ ​she​ ​brought,​ ​fire,​ ​grief,​ ​anger,​ ​and​ ​passion​ ​all​ ​to​ ​the​ ​table​ ​in anything​ ​she​ ​attempted.​ ​You​ ​cannot​ ​help​ ​but​ ​love​ ​and​ ​admire​ ​the​ ​woman​ ​because​ ​of​ ​his depiction.​ ​The​ ​woman​ ​then​ ​takes​ ​her​ ​life​ ​under​ ​a​ ​flight​ ​of​ ​barroom​ ​stairs​ ​that,​ ​when​ ​I​ ​close​ ​my eyes​ ​I​ ​can​ ​see​ ​and​ ​feel​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​incredible​ ​gift​ ​Townes​ ​had.​ ​The​ ​story​ ​is​ ​so​ ​tragic​ ​you almost​ ​forget​ ​that​ ​this​ ​grief​ ​stricken​ ​woman​ ​was​ ​once​ ​an​ ​innocent​ ​girl​ ​venturing​ ​away​ ​from home​ ​to​ ​find​ ​work​ ​just​ ​to​ ​send​ ​the​ ​money​ ​all​ ​back​ ​home.​ ​But​ ​Townes,​ ​wisely​ ​knowing​ ​of​ ​this, gently​ ​reminds​ ​us​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tune​ ​that,​ ​“The​ ​name​ ​she​ ​gave​ ​was​ ​Caroline,​ ​the​ ​daughter of​ ​a​ ​miner.​ ​Her​ ​ways​ ​were​ ​free,​ ​and​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​that​ ​sunshine​ ​walks​ ​beside​ ​her.”.

Townes,​ ​in​ ​all​ ​of​ ​his​ ​infinite​ ​wisdom​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to,​ ​in​ ​just​ ​under​ ​4​ ​mins,​ ​wash​ ​clear​ ​the​ ​reputation of​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​that​ ​would​ ​have​ ​likely​ ​been​ ​forgotten​ ​or​ ​worse,​ ​disgraced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​passing​ ​of​ ​time.​ ​I think​ ​his​ ​intention​ ​was​ ​to​ ​preach​ ​the​ ​thought​ ​that​ ​we​ ​shouldn’t​ ​be​ ​so​ ​quick​ ​to​ ​judge.​ ​What treasures​ ​he​ ​would​ ​have​ ​missed​ ​had​ ​he​ ​not​ ​had​ ​the​ ​foresight​ ​or,​ ​boyish​ ​ignorance​ ​to​ ​have​ ​had his​ ​head​ ​turned​ ​by​ ​the​ ​captivating​ ​Caroline,​ ​be​ ​her​ ​flesh​ ​and​ ​bone​ ​or,​ ​preverbal.

Round 2 – Who is your favorite song writer or all time?

Kayla Ray – Whooo​ ​you’ve​ ​got​ ​me​ ​all​ ​excited!​ ​I​ ​love​ ​to​ ​dissect​ ​tunes!​ ​Picking​ ​1​ ​is​ ​far​ ​too​ ​hard.​ ​I​ ​often​ ​say​ ​I have​ ​a​ ​top​ ​5​ ​that​ ​rotate​ ​based​ ​on​ ​my​ ​mood​ ​ha!!​ ​I’ll​ ​visit​ ​two​ ​of​ ​them​ ​here.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​my thoughts​ ​for​ ​today.​ ​Catch​ ​me​ ​on​ ​a​ ​rainy​ ​Tuesday​ ​somewhere​ ​quiet​ ​with​ ​a​ ​jukebox​ ​and​ ​where beers​ ​are​ ​a​ ​buck​ ​fifty​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​sure​ ​I​ ​will​ ​have​ ​changed​ ​my​ ​mind.

1. Merle​ ​Haggard​ ​for​ ​his​ ​incredible​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​just​ ​tell​ ​you​ ​the​ ​truth.​ ​His​ ​vocal​ ​delivery,​ ​was soaked​ ​through​ ​and​ ​through​ ​with​ ​the​ ​emotion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​moment​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how​ ​light​ ​and cheerful​ ​or,​ ​how​ ​painful.​ ​Some​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​this​ ​are​ ​tunes​ ​like​ ​“Hungry​ ​Eyes”,​ ​A​ ​tale​ ​of growing​ ​up​ ​poor​ ​and​ ​watching​ ​his​ ​mother​ ​suffer​ ​because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​things​ ​she​ ​didn’t​ ​have. “Rainbow​ ​Stew”,​ ​A​ ​fun​ ​sarcastic​ ​look​ ​at​ ​politics​ ​that​ ​is​ ​still​ ​relevant​ ​today,​ ​“My​ ​Favorite Memory”,​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​recollection​ ​of​ ​time​ ​spent​ ​with​ a ​lover​ ​that​ ​will​ ​never​ ​escape​ ​him, “Sing​ ​Me​ ​Back​ ​Home”,​ ​about​ ​a​ ​prisoner​ ​facing​ ​execution​ ​but​ ​needing​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​just​ ​a​ ​few songs​ ​so​ ​precious​ ​to​ ​him,​ ​they​ ​would​ ​evoke​ ​powerful​ ​memories​ ​of​ ​his​ ​home.​ ​​ ​“I​ ​take​ ​A lot​ ​of​ ​Pride​ ​in​ ​What​ ​I​ ​Am”,​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​of​ ​a​ ​hobo,​ ​“Going​ ​Where​ ​the​ ​Lonely​ ​Go”,​ ​a​ ​good​ ​old fashioned​ ​drunken​ ​heartbreak​ ​song​ ​​ ​and,​ ​he​ ​also​ ​co​ ​wrote​ ​the​ ​beautiful​ ​Clint​ ​Black ballad​ ​“Untangling​ ​My​ ​mind”.​ ​These​ ​don’t​ ​even​ ​skim​ ​the​ ​tip​ ​of​ ​the​ ​iceberg!​ ​The​ ​other great​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​Hag​ ​is​ ​that,​ ​even​ ​though​ ​he​ ​wrote​ ​the​ ​bulk​ ​of​ ​his​ ​catalogue,​ ​he​ ​didn’t let​ ​his​ ​pride​ ​over​ ​take​ ​him​ ​when​ ​presented​ ​with​ ​a​ ​good​ ​tune.​ ​He​ ​covered​ ​a​ ​fair​ ​amount​ ​of tunes​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​They​ ​all​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​picked​ ​with​ ​much​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​the thought​ ​that​ ​one​ ​would​ ​sale​ ​more​ ​than​ ​another.​ ​His​ ​process​ ​seemed​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​off.

2. Though​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​typical,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​include​ ​Townes​ ​VanZandt​ ​here.​ ​His​ ​use​ ​of metaphor​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​different​ ​emotions​ ​and​ ​life​ ​lessons​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​seems other​ ​worldy.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​love​ ​his​ ​tunes​ ​because​ ​each​ ​and​ ​every​ ​time​ ​I​ ​listen,​ ​I​ ​learn something​ ​new.

Round 3 – If you were dying and only had time to hear 1 last song, what song would you want to hear and why that song?

Kayla Ray – You​ ​are​ ​killing​ ​me​ ​Fairbanks!​ ​One​ ​song​ ​you​ ​say.​ ​Well,​ ​I​ ​guess​ ​I​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to​ ​choose the​ ​old​ ​gospel​ ​tune​ ​“Precious​ ​Lord​ ​Take​ ​my​ ​Hand”.​ ​The​ ​writer​ ​Thomas​ ​Dorsey​ ​sings,​ ​“Though my​ ​days​ ​grow​ ​drear​ ​precious​ ​Lord,​ ​linger​ ​near,​ ​though​ ​my​ ​life​ ​it’s​ ​almost​ ​gone.​ ​Hear​ ​my​ ​cry, hear​ ​my​ ​call,​ ​take​ ​my​ ​hand​ ​lest​ ​I​ ​fall,​ ​Precious​ ​Lord,​ ​take​ ​my​ ​hand​ ​lead​ ​me​ ​on.”.​ ​These​ ​verse lyrics​ ​have​ ​been​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​only​ ​steadfast​ ​hope​ ​I​ ​have​ ​had​ ​to​ ​look​ ​to​ ​in​ ​many​ ​trials​ ​in​ ​my lifetime. Rev.​ ​Dorsey​ ​is​ ​so​ ​important​ ​to​ ​what​ ​I​ ​do​ ​because​ ​he​ ​was​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​writer​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​blues changes​ ​to​ ​gospel​ ​tunes.​ ​In​ ​his​ ​early​ ​life​ ​far​ ​before​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​reverend,​ ​he​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the hottest​ ​blues​ ​circuit​ ​piano​ ​players​ ​around.​ ​Obviously​ ​a​ ​seeker​ ​of​ ​truth,​ ​the​ ​melodies​ ​followed him​ ​to​ ​each​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​his​ ​life.​ ​Without​ ​Thomas​ ​Dorsey​ ​there​ ​would​ ​have​ ​been​ ​no​ ​Hank Williams​ ​and​ ​without​ ​Hank​ ​Williams….​ ​Well,​ ​you​ ​catch​ ​my​ ​drift.

Oddly​ ​enough​ ​my​ ​childhood​ ​pastor​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​this​ ​song​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lessons​ ​behind​ ​it.​ ​He​ ​taught​ ​me my​ ​first​ ​open​ ​chords.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​circuit​ ​musician​ ​in​ ​his​ ​youth.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​walk​ ​a​ ​mile​ ​from​ ​my grandparents​ ​home​ ​with​ ​my​ ​guitar​ ​to​ ​the​ ​church​ ​after​ ​school​ ​on​ ​Wednesdays​ ​and​ ​he​ ​would teach​ ​me​ ​country​ ​songs​ ​secular​ ​and​ ​all,​ ​in​ ​his​ ​office​ ​before​ ​he​ ​helped​ ​with​ ​choir​ ​practice.​ ​He loved​ ​Hank​ ​Williams​ ​and​ ​his​ ​alter​ ​ego​ ​gospel​ ​singing​ ​Luke​ ​the​ ​Drifter.​ ​He​ ​understood,​ ​that​ ​my gospel​ ​had​ ​nothing​ ​to​ ​do​ ​with​ ​bricks​ ​and​ ​mortar,​ ​tradition​ ​or​ ​in​ ​some​ ​cases​ ​hypocrisy,​ ​rather melodies​ ​and​ ​messages.​ ​This​ ​applies​ ​to​ ​any​ ​higher​ ​power​ ​of​ ​your​ ​choosing.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​convinced they​ ​are​ ​not​ ​all​ ​the​ ​same​ ​dude..

Round 4 – What advice would you give to younger musciains that dream about one day following in your footsteps?

Kayla Ray – Every​ ​time​ ​you​ ​get​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​you​ ​love​ ​you​ ​are​ ​successful.​ ​Every​ ​bill​ ​you​ ​can​ ​pay while​ ​using​ ​your​ ​gifts​ ​deems​ ​you​ ​wealthy.​ ​We​ ​live​ ​in​ ​a​ ​society​ ​that​ ​is​ ​warped​ ​by​ ​greed​ ​and popularity​ ​contests.​ ​Music​ ​wasn’t​ ​intended​ ​for​ ​this​ ​purpose.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​truly​ ​love​ ​your​ ​craft,​ ​do​ ​it because​ ​you​ ​love​ ​it​ ​and​ ​not​ ​out​ ​of​ ​longing​ ​for​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seemingly​ ​flashy​ ​perks​ ​that​ ​can​ ​come along​ ​with​ ​it.​ ​Don’t​ ​get​ ​me​ ​wrong,​ ​I’ve​ ​had​ ​a​ ​ton​ ​of​ ​really​ ​cool​ ​experiences​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​forever thankful​ ​for​ ​that,​ ​but,​ ​the​ ​true​ ​reward​ ​is​ ​getting​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​so​ ​many​ ​amazing​ ​people​ ​and​ ​to​ ​get​ ​to chase​ ​what​ ​you​ ​love​ ​in​ ​a​ ​world​ ​that​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​people​ ​who​ ​never​ ​get​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​that​ ​brand​ ​of freedom.​ ​Also,​ ​never​ ​stop​ ​working​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​your​ ​craft.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​maintain​ ​this​ ​attitude​ ​you​ ​will always​ ​have​ ​something​ ​new​ ​and​ ​exciting​ ​to​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​how​ ​slow​ ​the​ ​work​ ​gets.

Round 5 – What is some of your favorite hobbies outside of music?

Kayla Ray – You​ ​mean​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​world​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​music?!!​ ​Just​ ​Kidding. I​ ​really​ ​love​ ​to​ ​gather​ ​people​ ​together​ ​and​ ​cook.​ ​I​ ​like​ ​to​ ​make​ ​people​ ​feel​ ​at​ ​home​ ​and welcomed.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​ironic​ ​in​ ​this​ ​chapter​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life​ ​since​ ​I​ ​am​ ​mostly​ ​traveling,​ ​but​ ​when​ ​time allows​ ​it,​ ​I​ ​really​ ​enjoy​ ​it.​ ​I​ ​come​ ​from​ ​a​ ​long​ ​line​ ​of​ ​southern​ ​women​ ​who​ ​take​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​pride​ ​in their​ ​cooking.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​no​ ​different.

Last Call – Open message to say anything you want to the your fans and the people reading this.

Kayla Ray – Thank​ ​you.​ ​Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​allowing​ ​me​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​I​ ​love.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​truly​ ​living​ ​my​ ​wildest​ ​dreams​ ​and I​ ​cannot​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​enough!​ ​So​ ​many​ ​of​ ​you​ ​have​ ​become​ ​like​ ​family​ ​to​ ​me​ ​and​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​tell​ ​you how​ ​much​ ​that​ ​means​ ​to​ ​me!​ ​I​ ​cannot​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​this​ ​next​ ​album.​ ​I​ ​appreciate​ ​your​ ​patience​ ​with the​ ​process​ ​so​ ​much!​ ​We​ ​are​ ​almost​ ​to​ ​the​ ​mastering​ ​phase​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​way​ ​past​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​get​ ​it​ ​to all​ ​of​ ​you!​ ​And,​ ​always​ ​feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​out!​ ​I​ ​work​ ​pretty​ ​much​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​I​ ​do​ ​my​ ​best to​ ​answer​ ​everyone’s​ ​messages.​ ​I​ ​love​ ​hearing​ ​from​ ​all​ ​of​ ​you!​ ​Your​ ​kindness​ ​keeps​ ​me​ ​ticking! Peace,​ ​Love​ ​and​ ​Hag!

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