Early Ray is a country band hailing from Rock Hill, S.C. Its album Country Music reached No. 7 on the iTunes country chart this year. The band recently released the music video for “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Early Ray has shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band, Hootie & the Blowfish and Corey Smith.
Early Ray is a diehard Gamecocks fan. He frequently wears his colors on stage. He says his earliest memory in life is being at a game with his dad when he was 3 or 4.
When asked about his coolest moment as a Gamecocks supporter, he tells the story of touring Japan with his former band. “I used to travel and play bass with a shock rock band all over the world and during the day I would wear my Gamecock hoodie to go running. "This particular time in Tokyo, some Japan fans saw me and looked it up on the Internet and that night in the middle of the show, I had some kids yell 'Go Gamecocks!' at me in between songs!
"Here I was playing to 5,000 heavy metal kids in Japan and I hear 'Go Gamecocks!' So I tossed 'em a guitar pick and word spread on the 'net and wherever I went that tour (Japan, Europe and Australia), these kids would yell 'Go Cocks!' Some would show up with a Gamecock shirt on knowing it would get my attention.
"I always pointed and tossed 'em picks. It was fun! So now a small contingency of heavy metal kids from all over the world follow the Gamecocks because of my hoodie.”
Gary Greene, Early Ray's drummer who is also a percussionist for Hootie & the Blowfish and plays with Patrick Davis), is also a big Gamecocks supporter.
For more on Early Ray, visit www.earlyray.com.