Ravens Way is . . .
Being the lead vocals and all guitars of Ravens Way, Roy Doolin is the accomplished front-man and force of the band. His voice emulates the passion of Storyville’s famed singer, Malford Milligan, with the force of the late, great Freddy King.
"I strive to get that perfect ‘Austin tone’ on guitar of the likes of Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and David Grissom.”
Roy's fondness of Grissom’s playing influenced a love of Paul Reed Smith guitars, of which he has many with his favorite an attention-grabbing 25th Anniversary Custom 24.
Although complex in talent, Roy’s goal in Ravens Way is simple: “If I get you to tap your foot and smile for a few minutes, then I accomplished what I want as a musician.”
Exposure to music came early for Herman Massey when his family introduced him to a kaleidoscope of styles including early country, big band, soul and rock. His parents first requested guitar lessons for him but fortunately drums beckoned.
“After frequenting live rock clubs I knew I had to do that myself.”
Herman meshes musical experiences of his past into Ravens Way songs, mixing jazz- rock and blues-rock styles while mirroring his bandmates. He says he wants the unique chemistry they enjoy onstage to be felt by the audience.
“My hope is the audience can appreciate the emotion we are sharing onstage and keep a a little bit of that feeling for themselves.”
Raven's Way's bass player began as a member of a hard rock trio which earned Dallas radio airplay before spending time in jazz-rock, soul, and blues bands around north Texas. Still, Chris Amos longed for the tight precision of the three piece outfit he first enjoyed.
"There is added responsibility playing in a three-piece, but if you have talented, solid musicians like Ravens Way, you get a cool groove and exciting energy that can only come from a trio."
Chris plays bass - as he puts it - "heavy handed," thumping funk into Texas rock and blues-rock with amped-up energy. "Everything is better when you put more muscle to it."