Vintage Gray to perform at Crawfish Festival

Published 11:40 am Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The popular band Vintage Gray will be back again at the Faunsdale Crawfish Festival this Saturday, April 17.

Performing hits from the ’60s and ’70s, the band has performed throughout Alabama and Mississippi. It was one of the featured groups at the Crawfish Festival last year.

The four-piece group includes drummer Buddy Gray, guitarist Chap McDaniel, bass player Mike Robinson and keyboard player Steve Rayburn.

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All four of the band members also sing lead and harmony. They have impressive histories with other groups, but came together in an effort to preserve and perform the hits they love.

Buddy Gray, the drummer, is originally from the Washington, D.C., area, where he was known as one of the area’s most energetic rocking drummers. He has played on stage with Corky James, Exile and Stevie Wonder. He has lived in Alabama since 1980 and is the owner of Buddy Gray Music in Tuscaloosa.

Guitarist Chap McDaniel is a native Tuscaloosan but has played throughout the South. Over the years, he has played with members of Travis Tritt’s band, members of the Rolling Stones band and members of the Charlie Daniels Band. He is considered to be one of the South’s most talented guitarists.

Bass player Mike Robinson also acts as the “front man” and does a great deal of the lead singing. Like McDaniel and Gray, he began playing and singing at a very young age. He has played on stage with Alabama, Johnny Paycheck, Randy Travis and Ronnie Milsap. As a young man growing up in Meridian, Miss., he performed with pop artist Paul Davis, who was also from that area.

Keyboardist Steve Rayburn is the youngster of the group and the only one who did not play professionally during the ’60s and ’70s when most of the music the group plays was popular. He plays keyboard and guitar and sings lead and harmony.

In addition to Vintage Gray’s performance from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., George Sherrer will perform beginning at noon.

John Ray will be featured following Vintage Gray’s performance and the band County Road 4 will finish the day’s entertainment performing from 8 p.m. to midnight