This concert was a musical tribute to the 70-year career of country gentleman Ray Sealing. Ray's childhood was spent in Nebraska just when that new sound - country music- emerged. When Ray heard the combination of Bluegrass, Texas swing and southern waltz he said it 'boosted my desire to play.' And play he did from the age of 15, when he picked up his first guitar.
Later, when playing as a traveling musician with the Wagonwheel Ramblers, Ray earned the nickname of " Rambling Ray ". He rambled his way to Nashville and achieved notable success in a concert sponsored by Roy Acuff - of Grand Ole Opry fame - and had a guest appearance on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnight Jamboree.
Ray has shared the stage with country music icons Lester Flatt and Ralph Stanley, Tommy Duncan and Little Jimmie Dickens. He even had a brush with greatness when playing pinball with the legendary Roger Miller.
Ray was the President of the Greater Arizona Country Western Swing Association Hall of Fame 2005 - 2007 and was himself inducted into the same Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted into the Old Time Fiddlers Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Today Ray, at a vibrant 86 years of age, continues to make music with his many friends, records his own original tunes and plays open mics where he is always prepared to mentor fellow musicians and teach them old time pickin' the tunes of A Time Gone By.......
The afternoon matinee will include many of the Verde Valley top musician paying tribute to Ray by singing his favorite songs. Followed by Ray headlining the show and performing a selection of his original tunes.