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RW Roldan


Ray Roldan was born in Jersey and raised in L.A. by a biker dad (killed when he was 6), a teen mom, and show biz grand parents. Today, Ray is an actor, artist, poet, Navy Vet, father and husband. He has released 4 Americana/ Alt-Country albums to date, and he's currently working on his 5th album to be released in 2022. His songs have enjoyed extensive airplay across the planet. Ray is a prolific, creative artist who's always looking for his next creative high. He has worked with some of the best artists in the biz. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! I Whiskey sippin' songs! What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why. Giving folks something to think about. Something to turn them on and get their minds traveling to new places. Songs create a story folks can live. And I get to tell this story.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?


I love the recording process as it's where my songs learn to walk, talk, laugh, cry, live and die. I find out things about my songs that I didn't know when I wrote them, sometimes it's a point of view, sometimes its the fact that the solo should be done with a mandolin or a sax and not that Tele you envisioned. You birth your songs in the studio and then show them off to the world.

Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?


When I'm not writing, recording or performing, I'm drawing, sculpting, acting, building and loving my family.

Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?

John Fulbright, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earl, Rodney Crowell, James McMurty, Chris Stapleton, and so many others. They all tell stories I want to hear. Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? I wrote a song called Lauryns Song about my wife (and our life) who after 37 years I reconnected with, that was 8 years ago. We've been married now for 4 years but she was on my mind and in my heart since we were teens all those years ago. I would dream about being with her and even wrote a song called the dream about one of those dreams I had. A lot of folks have cried listening to Lauryn's Song. Theres a video on Youtube if you need a good cry! LoL!

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

I'm working with my good friend Eamon Ryland as producer on a new set of songs. We've got 3 ready to drop at any minute. Eamon learned at the knee of his God Father Ry Cooder and he's brought in some amazing musicians to play and Eric Corne to mix it.


Can you give us a few places where fans can find your music?


Stream on Spotify


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