ABOUT RAY SHASHO

 

Music journalist and talk show host Ray Shasho was dubbed ‘Rock Raymond’ by friends and family for his love of rock music. Since a kid growing up in Baltimore, Maryland he became obsessed with music. In high school, he attended hundreds of rock concerts and even took a job at the famed Capital Centre arena to meet his favorite rock stars before and after their shows. After graduating from a CBS owned broadcasting school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ray became a Top 40 radio deejay in the late 70’s and early 80’s and his life became the music. Unfortunately radio stations trusted computers (Arbitron ratings) over human instincts. It was the early radio jocks who discovered great music and put it out over the airwaves. Radio became mundane when they began mimicking each other based on the Arbitrons.

After his stint in radio, Shasho became an entrepreneur in electronics. Ray and his family owned and operated cutting-edge retail electronic businesses in Washington, D.C.  Shasho witnessed all the technological advancements firsthand and how it affected the music industry. From early transistor radios, record players, reel to reel tape recorders, cassette and eight track tape players, walkman's, CD players to MP3’s. Some of Ray’s clients included … Chuck Norris, James Mason, Ted Williams, Alex Haley, Art Buchwald, Dick Gregory, Dionne Warwick, John Candy, Jon Voight and General Colin Powell.

On December 22nd, 2010 after publishing his first novel entitled Check the Gs, an awe-inspiring personal memoir about growing up in the family business; Ray Shasho joined Examiner.Com as a classic rock music journalist in St. Petersburg, Florida. Examiner is a division of the Clarity Media Group, owned by AEG one of the largest sports and entertainment companies in the world … AEG Live promoted The Rolling Stones ‘50 & Counting’ tour.  It started out as a fun gig to help promote his book but something very extraordinary transformed. Shasho began covering concerts and music events around the Tampa Bay area and decided to take a crack at interviewing some of the rock music legends that he idolized all of his life. 

Ray’s very first “rock star” interview was Joe Lala who lived in Tampa, Florida. He contacted Joe by way of the internet and scheduled an interview at Joe’s home. Ray was surprised how cordial and amendable Joe was to tell the story about his rock and roll past. Ray and Joe spent hours together reliving his days of playing percussion with Blues Image, Stephen Stills and Manassas, The Bee Gees and Firefall. Joe disclosed stories about jamming with Jimi Hendrix and throwing Mick Jagger out of his hotel room in New York City. After the interview, Joe asked Ray to be his personal assistant and later to help write his own personal memoir.  Shasho was so overwhelmed with the ease of the interview that he immediately began his search for the next one.

Ray quickly became one of the top music journalists in the country. His column is read by thousands of music enthusiasts daily and Shasho’s in-depth interviews, album and concert reviews are featured on artist websites around the globe.

Shasho hopes to publish his book series very soon entitled ...

'ROCK STAR CHRONICLES' featuring over 50 recent conversations with the greatest music legends of our time.

 

NEW BOOK SERIES COMING SOON!

LEGENDARY MUSIC ARTISTS INTERVIEWED FOR RAY'S

NEW BOOK SERIES ENTITLED …

'ROCK STAR CHRONICLES'

Joe Lala (Blues Image,Stephen Stills and Manassas)

Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds,Renaissance)

Eric Burdon (The Animals,War)

Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders)

Mark Volman (The Turtles,Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention)

Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow,Deep Purple)

Gregg Rolie (Santana,Journey)

Mark Farner(Grand Funk Railroad)

Dave Mason (Traffic)

Jon Anderson (YES)

Ronnie Montrose (Montrose)

Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Levin Torn White)

Billy Sherwood (YES,Circa)

Tommy James (Shondells)

Stanley Sheldon (Peter Frampton)

Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)

Todd Rundgren (Utopia)

Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers)

Janet Robbins (Daughter of Marty Robbins)

Barry Winslow (The Royal Guardsmen)

Norman Greenbaum (Spirit in the Sky)

Demetri Joannou (Blue Moon Harem)

Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)

Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)

Al Atkins (Judas Priest)

Paul May (Atkins/May Project)

Roger Fisher (Heart)

Greg Lake (King Crimson, Emerson,Lake and Palmer)

Nils Lofgren (Grin, Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band)

Tommy Roe (Sheila,Sweet Pea,Dizzy)

Chris Stein (Blondie)

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)-2012

Henry McCullough (Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, Paul McCartney & Wings)

Merrell Fankhauser (The Impacts, MU, Merrell And The Exiles, Fapardokly)

Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)

Chris Squire (YES)

Gary Puckett (The Union Gap)

Micky Dolenz(The Monkees)

Michael Des Barres (Silverhead,Detective)

Eric Johnson ("Cliffs of Dover")

Colin Blunstone(The Zombies)

Suzi Quatro(Queen of Rock)

Steve Hillage(Gong)

Lou Gramm (Foreigner)

Annie Haslam(Renaissance)

Johnny Winter

Paul Kantner(Jefferson Airplane,Jefferson Starship)

Peter Rivera (Original lead singer and drummer of Rare Earth)

Jason Sawford (Australian Pink Floyd)

Maria Muldaur

Candice Night (Blackmore's Night)

Tom Rush

Gino Vannelli

Jim "Dandy" Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas)

Phil Ehart (Kansas) 
Pete Best (The Beatles)
Dr. John
Billy J. Kramer (The Dakotas) 
John Kay (Steppenwolf)  
Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers) 
Lita Ford (The Runaways) 
Robin Trower
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) 
Joey Molland (Badfinger) 
Marky Ramone (Dust,Ramones) 
Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
Jeff Berlin (Virtuoso bassist) 
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
Gary Lewis (The Playboys)
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
Dave Davies (The Kinks)
Mike Love (The Beach Boys)
Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth,"Dream Weaver")
Melanie
Roy Rogers (Virtuoso slide guitarist)
Ted Nugent  
Corky Laing (Mountain) 
Cherie Currie (The Runaways) 
Roger Earl (Foghat)
John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers) 
Julian Lennon  
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) 
Steve Hackett (Genesis) 
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge,Cactus,Beck,Bogert & Appice)
Tony Joe White ("Polk Salad Annie", "Rainy Night in Georgia")
Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Asia,YES) 
Petula Clark ("Downtown," "A Sign of the Times," "Don't Sleep in the Subway")
Michael Pinder (The Moody Blues)
Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys) Part 1&2
Wayne Swinny (Saliva)
Judy Collins
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) -2014
Jack Bruce (Cream,West Bruce & Laing,Robin Trower, Big Blues Band)
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band- "Blinded by the Light") 
Jann Klose  
Andy Summers (The Police,Circa Zero) 
Dan McCafferty (Nazareth) 
Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) 
Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) 
Jesse Colin Young (The Youngbloods) 
Darryl Way (Curved Air)  
Don Wilson (The Ventures) 
Patrick Moraz (YES/The Moody Blues 
Jonathan Edwards("Sunshine") 
Al Kooper (The Blues Project, Blood,Sweat & Tears,Bob Dylan,Mike Bloomfield) 
Mary Sarah (Country music's newest shining star)
Edgar Winter ("Frankenstein," "Free Ride")
Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer)

Jean-Luc Ponty (Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jon Anderson)              

Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO)

Robin Trower -2014 

Trini Lopez (“If I had a Hammer,” “Lemon Tree”)

Barry Hay (Golden Earring)

Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues)

Nikki Lunden/Lora G. (Lunden Rein)

Engelbert Humperdinck (“Release Me”)

David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Dave Edmunds (Rockpile)

Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad)

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