The Official Newsletter of the Island Rock God, Ray Fogg!!




The Ray Fogg Show Gets "Reel!"

Since The Ray Fogg Show moved to the Reel Bar in 2014, audiences have been able to see my show in an ideal setting. Reel Bar, which is in the historical building formerly known as Tony's, is Put-in-Bay's "Newest Old Bar." The intimacy of the stage makes performers accessible, creating a great entertainment experience. And it allows folks to see what I think audiences have always loved about the show…mixing humor, audience interaction and music into a fun show that makes it feel like we're all just out partying together!

As the name suggests, Reel Bar features décor focused on fishing, boating and Lake Erie island life. Great care has been taken to keep a comfortable "lived-in" feel in the old building, utilizing natural materials such as reclaimed barn wood, real stone, recycled antique lighting and lots of cool old décor.

Start your night with my show and Reel Bar's great burgers, walleye sandwiches, fresh salads, 16 draft beers and fresh squeezed cocktails. And, share a "Filthy Little Oar" shot with your friends (a new twist on a Shot-Ski)! I'll be appearing there at 7pm most Fridays and Saturdays during the season. See the Schedule Page for more detail (as some dates and times vary). Check out more about Reel Bar at http://www.reelbar.com and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/reelbarpib

Round House Bar Special Shows

Over 25 years ago, I first performed at the Round House Bar. I still feel that same magic feeling when I walk into the room as I did years ago. I will be at the Round House on a select Saturdays or Sundays through the spring, starting the season with the Whiskey Light Celebration! And of course, I will be emceeing really fun annual traditions like the Round House Drag Show and Bartender Olympics throughout the summer. Then, I'll be back at for a few afternoon shows in September and for the close down Whiskey Light on Sunday, October 26! It's always a good time at the Roundy!

Newest CD - "ISLAND LIFE"!

Years ago I released my first CD entitled Waves, which featured stories about Put-in-Bay. Since then, I've released four more CDs, mostly focusing on the comedy and raunchy songs which have become so popular at my live shows. But, through all that time, the songs from Waves continue to be requested at my shows. Many friends and fans have been asking for another CD that, like Waves, focused on my more serious songwriting. Well, the wait is now over!

As the title suggests, on my newest CD, Island Life, I've drawn on my experiences and those of people around me to write and record songs that carry a common theme about life on an island…full of water, sun, boats, friends, family, love and, most of all, fun!

Islands have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember starting when my family vacationed on Canada's Pelee Island. For most of my life, my family has had a house on an island. And now, I'm lucky to call South Bass Island home. I'm at my happiest when I'm on most any island, whether in the Great Lakes, in the Florida Keys or just about anywhere else in the world.

Here's some of what you can expect from Island Life…The CD kicks off with "Shorts, Sandals and Shades", a song that kind of sums up the relaxing island summers I love so much. One of the featured tracks on the CD is "Lemonade", which tells the story of how Round House manager Teri Winchester came to the island (Teri often says, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"). On this CD you'll find songs about campfires on the beach, island traditions, love affairs, fish, porch parties and more. It's not all serious stuff…there's fun stuff too (just nothing dirty this time). A really fun track is "The Brewery Song", which puts you right in the center of fun at the Put-in-Bay Brewing Co. There's even a couple parodies to keep the mood light, just as is always the case when living an Island Life. See the CD page for a full listing of tracks.

I'm proud of the way this CD sounds, too. Recorded at Lava Room Recording in Cleveland, the CD was produced by Frank Romano, who has written, recorded and performed with the likes of Rob Thomas, Justin Timberlake, P-Diddy, Usher, Musiq Soulchild, and many more influential artists. Frank also performs on the CD along with the other Swingin' Lesbian Frogs, yours truly, Mike Crow on bass and Rich Carpenter on drums, who did a great job. The result is what I believe to be my best sounding CD.

I hope you'll pick up a copy today at www.rayfogg.net.







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