BIO For Ray William Roldan and B
RAY WILLIAM ROLDAN
and Broke Fence
Born in New Jersey and raised on the West Coast. He is known as someone with something to say. Came up listening to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Rick Nelson, Merl Haggart, George Jones and more.
Father was a biker/car mechanic/street racer. He met Ray's mother in front of Hollywood High school in the early 1950's and swept her away in a lowered black Cadillac.
Ray picked up the guitar and harmonica in his late teens. But his heart was always in the words of the classic songs he grew up on.
He writes about what he knows and he has lived in the classic Country and Blues/Rock style.
He sings his songs like someone who owns the story. Ray has had the good fortune with his band, Broke Fence, to have recorded with some great musicians such as Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams), John J.T. Thomas (Bruce Hornsby), Rick Shea (Dave Alvin, Rosie Perez), Bruce Watson (Rod Stewart), Chuck Kavoorus, and Brad Cobb (Tori Amos), David Chamberlain (Roy Buchanan, Manhattan Transfer). Ray's band also includes Mark Hayes (lead guitar) and Luke Hayes (drums).
Broke Fence has recorded two albums back to back: "In California Country" and "Where We Come From". Both of which are recieving extensive radio play in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Ray's songs have shared the bill with such notables as: Tim Mc Graw, Billy Yates,
the Bellamy Brothers and others on more than twenty radio compilations in the past two years.
Ray's songs have qualified as top finalist five times in 2007 and 2008 in the Song of the Year
contests. He won 2007 "Top 25 songs/CD" for IndieMusic.com and eleven finalist nominations for his song "Man of Steel" in 2008 through the FameGame Effigy award ceremony.
Ray has a fanbase on MySpace of well over 65,000 friends and has music on 120 similar sites.
And the radio stations which have played Ray's music are too numerous to list.
This makes Ray William Roldan a highly sought after Artist for his songs and contributions to Country, Americana and Roots rock.
The new Cd "Mended Fences" will be released early 2013.
Produced by Brad Cobb/Mark hayes and myself with help on drums from David Carisony of the
Rippingtons and Rick Shae on peddel steel and of course Bruce Watson and all the other cats
from the earlier CD's!
Note! The new Single Bob and the Sheriff! Has put us at the no.8 spot on the European
Country Music Associations Top 100 Charts, No. 2 on The International Country Top 40
and no. 9 on the Hot Disc Chats and a 6th Top Finalist for Country on the Song Of The Year
Ray William Roldan and Broke Fence