It’s fair to say that Ray Tarantino has experienced enough in his relatively short time on earth to fit into several lifetimes. This native Italian Nashville-dwelling singer-songwriter’s story is not typical of the many tune smiths who have come out of that most independent of cities.
Emerging from a 100mph car wreck near Rome five years ago, Ray walked away from the mangled BMW sports car and into a very different future. As he so poetically puts it, the accident saw him “break out of the golden cage of respectability”. And into what? A new life in America.
Just two months later, Ray had produced his debut album – the wonderful ‘Recuscant’ – alongside former Simply Red bassist and co-founder Tony Bowers. Now, Ray has delivered yet another poignant, beautiful set of songs that show he has taken the songwriting form to yet more exulted heights.
The eponymously titled album, available online at www.raytarantino.com and through all e-stores, is the culmination of both a physical and emotional journey and is by far the best work of Ray’s brief but illustrious career. Read the rest of this entry →