The Ray Charles Project featuring Chris Cain, Tony Lindsay, Dave Mathews, Mon. April 8, 2013


The Ray Charles Project
featuring Chris Cain, Tony Lindsay, Dave Mathews, Glenn Walters, Dwayne Pate and Deszon Claiborne
Monday, April 8, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“[Ray Charles'] influence echoes through generations.” – New York Times

Ray Charles’ impact on American popular music still reverberates, even into this second decade of the 21st century. He wasn’t called “The Genius” for nothing. This tribute band is a cut above the rest, featuring Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay and his Santana bandmate/keyboardist Dave Mathews alongside Glenn Walters of the HooDoo Rhythm Devils and legendary Bay Area guitarist Chris Cain. Bassist DeWayne Pate of Robben Ford’s band, plus drummer Deszon Claiborne round out the rhythm section. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better collection of players to honor Charles’ legacy, and this is certainly a group that would garner his stamp of approval.

When Ray Charles died in 2004, he left behind a massive musical impact spanning six decades. In mixing African American gospel influences with R&B, Charles introduced a new kind of music to mainstream America. It started in 1954 with his recording of I Got A Woman, a prelude to the breakout success of the controversial What’d I Say, which hit the pop charts in 1959. His influence then spread across genres to country, pop and early rock & roll.

To celebrate Ray Charles’ music, Santana keyboardist Dave Mathews had originally put the Ray Charles Project together to do a single appearance at Yoshi’s Oakland, but everyone liked it so much they have kept it going with a revolving cast of all-star players. Mathews’ Hammond B-3 keyboard work has backed a wide variety of performers over the decades. He cut his teeth with the iconic Oakland horn group Tower of Power, and from 1988 to 2008 worked with blues legend Etta James.

Vocalist Tony Lindsay, a long-time Santana band member, has performed on many Grammy award-winning albums with the legendary guitarist and maintains a busy solo career.  Santana connections aside, this project has its very own Bay Area guitar legend onboard in the form of Chris Cain.  Bassist DeWayne Pate has been played with artists from across the musical spectrum, from Boz Scaggs to Robben Ford’s heavy blues band.  Drummer Deszon Claiborne has worked with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Brown, and many other notables.  Vocalist Glenn Walters made his mark with the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, performing down and gritty r&b.  Walters sums up Ray Charles’ influence succinctly: “If I learned anything from Ray, it’s that pretty much any song can be mined for musical gold if you put your soul into it.”

The Ray Charles Project featuring Chris Cain

DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227

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