Will Ray Interview – Hellecasters, Vietnam – Everyone Loves Guitar #302

Most people know Will as one of the founding members of the Hellecasters, but he was also a session player with artists like Michael Nesmith, Thomas Dolby, Joe Walsh, Carlene Carter, Steve Earle and Tom Jones. His songs have appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, the Tonight Show, and the NBA Basketball Championships.

Will was injured during the Vietnam war and once he came home, he took is attended college, and then took his GI Bill funds and purchased a $5,000 and he did two things: he went to college and practiced guitar no less than 8 hours a day. Will has some amazing stories about the brilliance of Michael Nesmith, why Chas Chandler set Hendrix to open for the Monkees, and why Hendrix then got thrown off the gig (genius move, by the way)… how the Hellecasters was started… finding your bliss, G & L vs. Fender and why, plus more. Will has a simple and very practical way of living his life and it’s well worth your time to listen to it. AMAZING conversation, dig it:

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