Today the 10th November 2018 the Foreday Riders have released their new album – “Ridin’ With Ray”. recorded in 2016 at The Coast Hotel in Budgewoi on the New South Wales Central Coast. Sound engineer Luke Bottomley was able to record the entire show live and the album was born.
The Foreday Riders are a Blues outfit from Sydney and have an impressive history spanning back to 1967 when the band was first started. There’s been several lineup changes with only Jeff and Ron King being original members however in 2017 the Foreday Riders celebrated 50 years as a working band.
Career highlights across the decades have included supporting artists such as B.B.King, Freddie King, Chris Cain and others. They also backed Bo Diddley in Sydney.
What initially makes this album so special is that on the day it was recorded a former member stepped up when the frontman was unable to appear – bringing his voice and his guitar was Ray Beadle!
The inner sleeve states:
“While there is no original material here, and several titles have already been recorded by the band, there are some which for some reason or another have never appeared on disc. Even previously recorded tracks are heard here with different personal or altered arrangements; one song, “Messin’ With The Kid” featuring Harvey Fisk (A member of the Riders in the 1970’s) has never even been in the repertoire – admittedly it’s a blues standard, but unexpected nevertheless.”
In total this album provides the listener with 66 minutes of blues pleasure through it’s 11 tracks. There are plenty of highs and lows representative of the blues genre and cleverly arranged to include moments of outstanding solo work. Ron King’s harmonica playing is enticing and fluid and the guitar shredding exemplary. Ray Beadle’s vocals range between smooth melodies and gritty, raw grunt. At the bottom end Stan Mobbs carries the undertones with ease and can be heard extending into fanciful bass playing. Percussion is masterfully hammered out with light and dark shades by Rosscoe Clark.
“Ridin’ With Ray” is available for purchase from the Foreday Riders website – http://www.foredayriders.com