Throughout central and northern Arizona, Ray DeSylvester’s Blue Smoke plays high energy Chicago Blues and strives to keep the Blues alive. Their soulful sound portrays music similar to that heard on back porches and juke joints on the South side of Chicago.
The great Chess record artists who made the Mississippi saxophone (harmonica) famous: Little Walter, James Cotton, and Junior Wells continually inspire Ray DeSylvester to apply legendary tones and licks to each performance.
Harp master, Ray DeSylvester also affectionately known as Rev. Ray and Sweet Bay Ray plays plays solo harmonica renditions of the national anthem at festivals and weaves throughout the audience when he performs. Ray earned the honor to represent NAZBA and compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016. He won the Phoenix Blues Society’s Arizona Blues Showdown for top traditional solo act and was also an International Blues Competition finalist, two consecutive years.
Ray DeSylvester was filmed in the Spring of 2013 by the Arizona Highways Magazine Television Crew. The show features Arizona regions, and is aired on network television.