“Guitar Ray has got the GOODS”, Duke Robillard writes in his liner notes for the cd Guitar Ray-‘ Live at the Nix’, to be released on october 24th, 2004 on Firesweep Records. “Rockin', stompin' and swinging guitar music that sets his audience on its heels”, Robillard continues.
There’s no better way to describe the Red Hot Roots & Blues played by dutch guitarist/singer Raymond Nijenhuis, better known as ‘Guitar Ray’. Both with his band ‘The Rhythm Dukes’ consisting of rock solid players Hans Molenaar (drums) and Jaap van der Sluijs (bass/vocals) and with various other groups he has appeared at many festivals and club gigs over the past few years and will be for many more years to come!
Ray toured and gigged all over West-Europe with many well known performing artists like Sax Gordon(USA), Teddy Edwards(USA) Mason Casey(USA), Madeline Bell(USA), Enrico Crivellaro (I) and the legendary Charlie McCoy (USA) to name but a few. Highlights include a solo performance at Muriel Anderson’s “All Star Guitar Night” in Los Angeles(1999).Also in ’99 he was invited by Fender Musical Instruments to play a show at their plant in Ensenada, Mexico with his wife, singer Debby Knol. Ray recorded cds with Jazz pianist Hod ’O’Brien (USA), New Thundering Swingmates, and Swingmatism.