Da Bluez Preacher is the brainchild of Ray Confer, live looping artist. Ray has been playing guitar for around 27 years in various bands ranging from blues to 80s metal. After a while of bands not working out, Ray decided to strike out solo. He watched a video from KT Tunstall called Black Horse and a Cherry Tree and noticed she was playing all the sounds herself. Intrigued he researched her gear and found out about this thing called live looping. Essentially, the musician uses a loop pedal to lay down different parts fo a song and have them loop back, thus creating a song on the fly layer by layer. Ray started investing in some different loop pedals and practiced this technique making some creative music along the way. Since that time, he has honed his craft into using looped beats, and he layers in electric guitar parts along with bass guitar, thus simulating a full band. He likes to make interesting covers of songs he loves along with some original material. He also likes to bring in some different stylings like blues, jazz, funk, rock and gospel. While mainly blues and gospel, he also delves into funk, jazz and rock.
Ray created Da Bluez Preacher in a virtual world called Second Life, which has a real economy and live music nightly from artists all around the world. Second Life allowed him to reach fans he never would have in the real life due to travel, and believe it or not, people in there pay him to perform live. This is done via a mixer that he hooks up to his computer, where all of his live looping gear is hooked to, and he uses a shoutcast stream to broadcast himself in-world for live audiences from around the world. As of today he balances his music between Second Life, some real life gig work and playing for his local church. We hope you enjoy the music you find on this site and are intrigued enough to maybe visit his show in the virtual life as well. Remember what the Preacher man always says... no black, no white, just bluez!
Second Life headshot of my avatar
Real life headshot of Ray Confer