Ray Lanich is a one-man-kind-of-band these days. Once belonging to a group, differences in the band left him to be a one-man-show. Well, he doesn’t seem to mind. On Thursday night at Sherlock’s, he showcased his multi-musical talents on stage.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a microphone, and his voice, he had all he needed to put on a show. At first thought, I figured he’d play some songs, just hang around on stage, and perhaps just stand around as he sang. Well, this is the first time that I was happy I was wrong.
With songs from Neil Young, David Bowie, Collective Soul, Everclear, and (a crowd favorite) Sublime, Ray had the attention of several patrons which sang along, which brought more people to the stage. He was belting out lyrics, jumping to the music, and let the music take him over. Not only a musician and a song writer, he’s quite the performer as well.
It seems that almost every show I go to see, someone yells out, “Free Bird!” Of course, “Free Bird” is the infamous track from Lynyrd Skynyrd that everyone loves to hear live. Well, Thursday wasn’t any different, but only this time Ray played it…the whole song. I have to say, I was going a little crazy listening to it and shouting out the words. But covers are not what Ray is all about.
Ray has his own original songs. In-fact, he has his own album on iTunes. He played a few tracks from that album called, “I’ll Play a Song for You”. ”Screw Driver” and “My Jenny” are the two songs I remember most from the show. Personally, I think “My Jenny” is a great ballad. The high note he hits in the song is awesome. Be sure to check out “High School” on the album too. With lyrics like, “High School sucks, (sucks!)”, how could you not like it?
Be sure to check out his MySpace page to see when and where he plays next in the coming days. Don’t forget to check out iTunes and buy a few songs, in-fact, buy the entire album. And last but not least, see the entire gallery from the show on GoErie.com by clicking here.
Stay tuned for the next show, because it might just be your gig that I’m at!