SAVE MY SOUL
RJ RAY ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
STOP–SAVE MY SOUL–CAN’T LIVE LIKE THIS–I NEED YOU HERE TO STAY–RISE TOGETHER
The last time we heard from young Mr. Ray Goren, he was down in South Central Los Angeles with a couple of seasoned bluesmen, Sammy Lee and Bluesboy Powell, lending his youthful exuberance and blistering guitar work to “Private Angel,” the record the three of them released in 2014 as the Generation Blues Experience. Ray certainly gave us a glimpse into the future of the blues, and he has just released “Save My Soul”‘ a five-song EP of all-originals written by Ray and producer Jon Sosin, showing Ray as a maturing, wise-beyond-his-years musician.
The funk hits the fan on the leadoff “Stop,” as ray begs a lover to “stop trying to feed me all your lies.” The title cut is built around a spooky riff as Ray sings “Save My Soul, as I will sin before I get old,” before ripping off a sweet solo at the bridge. “Can’t Live Like This” is a nod to today’s contemporary sound, with the story of a lost love as the underlying theme. Perhaps Ray’s finest piece of songwriting is presented in “I Need You Here To Stay,” as he tries to “guess the right direction” in which to take a relationship. A plea for humanity closes the set and takes a hard look at today’s society. Trying to make the world a better place is “can we Rise Together,” as “time ain’t on our side.”
Ray Goren’s talents cannot be denied. He’s a phenomenally-gifted player whose skills are on full display with “Save My Soul.” Oh, to be young again…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society