People in the country music scene consider Ray Reynolds as one of the living legends in songwriting. He has been widely recognized as a singer, songwriter, and musician responsible for a number of chart-topping hits of Waylon Jennings and many other country artists. He even earned several BMI, ASCAP, and NARAS awards for his incomparable crafts as a music writer. Adding to that is his designation as a Civil War historian, after self-releasing his album “Privates to the Front”. This album was merely Reynolds’ means of conveying his passion for Civil War history that he even spent years of research and stayed for some time in actual battlefields to collect enough songwriting materials.
It was in 2002 when Ray Reynolds finally released “Whole Lot of Memories”, which was his first solo album as a country singer-songwriter and musician. This album was composed of 15 tracks that are generally a combination of hardcore country and southern rock with a blend of blues. It is actually an indie record under the label of Compadre and Zephyr Records. According to the Country Music Magazine, the songs in this album feature the deep voice of Reynolds that has a good balance of jagged honesty and genuine sentimentality. Among the notable tracks in this album are “Atlanta’s Burning Down”, “She’s Cleaning the House”, “Tumbleweed”, and “Whatever Turns You On”.
The passion and interest of Reynolds for country music began in his early age when he and his family went to the Grand Ole Opry show. This concert featured some of the most sought after country music legends including Rod Brasfield, Bill Monroe with Flatt and Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Lou Childress, Minnie Pearl, and Hank Williams, Sr. He then learned to play guitar by himself until he found his way to perform with the Yankee Dollar band in the late 1960s. His music career began to flourish when he met the country music icon, Waylon Jennings, and signed on to join his band as guitarist. He eventually became the front man while playing as rhythm guitarist for the recordings and live performances of Jennings. He was one of the major contributors to the great success of Jennings’ albums “Honky Tonk Heroes” and “Ladies Love Outlaws”.
Aside from being involved in Jennings’ band, Ray Reynolds has also served as the songwriter for famous country artists like Debbie Boone, Tompall Glazer, Allison Krause and Union Station, and Eddie Arnold. He has also joined in the live performances of country music legends like Billy Grammer, Johnny Cash, Margie Bowes, and Roy Accuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys.