BIOGRAPHY

An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Ray as developed his performance abilities in many styles, especially blues and bluegrass, rockabilly, honky tonk country and western swing, all represented on his CD’s on the EXHOLAKE RECORDS label.

Ray has appeared as a sideman or in bands with Hazel Dickens, Kenny Baker,and Josh Graces, Bela Fleck and others. As a solo artist some of the acts he has been on the same bill with are Taj Mahal, Jimmy Rogers, Chris Smither, Geoff Muldaur and Peter Rowan.

A private music teacher since 1971 Ray has also been on staff at the Augusta Heritage Center, the Swannonoa Gathering, and Guitar Intensives at Bar Harbor and at Club Passim in Cambridge MA.

An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Ray as developed his performance abilities in many styles, especially blues and bluegrass, rockabilly, honky tonk country and western swing, all represented on his CD’s on the EXHOLAKE RECORDS label.

Ray has appeared as a sideman or in bands with Hazel Dickens, Kenny Baker,and Josh Graces, Bela Fleck and others. As a solo artist some of the acts he has been on the same bill with are Taj Mahal, Jimmy Rogers, Chris Smither, Geoff Muldaur and Peter Rowan.

A private music teacher since 1971 Ray has also been on staff at the Augusta Heritage Center, the Swannonoa Gathering, and Guitar Intensives at Bar Harbor and at Club Passim in Cambridge MA.

LESSONS

Guitar & Mandolin

Ray teaches students of all levels in Asheville, NC

WORKSHOPS

Guitar & String Theory

These workshops are available to be presented at any time

“Chesna has the confidence and talent to take control of the stage
even before he speaks into the mic,
and soon he has the audience wrapped up in his stories and song.”

-Robert Halgh, Tupleo Music Hall

“When people ask me how I got to suddenly play so much better, I say CHESNA.
I understand the instrument like never before and appreciate its awesome complexity.
And all because of your remarkable ability to know where your students are

-Student