Ray Reed  
   & Gator

        "If you like BLUES,
     here is the real deal"

    "Ray and Gator are two blues legends in Texas."  --    DFW Weekender 


    "It's really a treat for blues fans since Ray & Gator pulled together.  From Jimmy Reed and Freddie King to Ray Charles and the Rollling Stones, they play it all with authenticity and the spontaneous feel of real South Texas Blues. Doesn't matter if it's the full band or the two of them on acoustics, you get the real deal." 
                                                                                            -- Thomas Louis, Blues Reviewer
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    With Buddy Guy
     With Chuck Berry

    Our Music
    Our Friends

             With Jimmie Vaughan
      With Keb Mo
    With Jimmie Vaughan
    With George Thorogood
     Chuck Berry backstage in St. Louis

     Recordings   Live & Studio


    With Muddy Waters brother, Robert








          With Doug Supernaw

    Playing in Memphis
     

    With Louisiana Red
     With Billy Gibbons & Keb Mo
    With James Cotton- Superharp!
      With Chicago Bob Stroger

    Upcoming Shows
      Thanks for the 100+ gigs we did last 2 years
    2017
    New Year's Eve
    DeCordova Country Club
    January 23rd - private party
    Feb. 25 - Keys Lounge
    Feb. 27th - Austin Music Festival
    Feb. 28th  Johnnie O's Tavern
    March 14th - Ray & Gator Jam Night at Austin Events Center
    March 21 - Private Party
    April 2nd -- Chula Bijou in River Oaks 
    May 21-28  Florida trip
    June 2 - Keys Lounge
    June 3 - Fred's Texas (Friday) Full Band - Electric Blues
    June 4 - House Party in Mansfield
    June 19th - Evans/Rosedale Urban Center -Street Party on Junteenth
    July 29th- Sat Night -Fred's Texas (full band)
    Aug. 20th -- Booze Fighters Bar
    1501 E. Bessie, Ft Worth
    Sept. 3 - Johnny O's Old House Tavern
    Oct. 1 -Encore Park, Dallas
    Concert for Celebration of Texas Music-
    opening acts include the the Light Crust Doughboys and the Dallas Street Choir closing with Ray Reed & Gator playing the blues of Robert Johnson (acoustic) with Jack Miller on Blues Harp
    November - Private Parties
    DEC. 7-11 Chicago Bound
    Rosa's Lounge Thurs.7th
    Buddy Guy's Legends with John Primer
    Saturday Dec. 9th
    Kingston Mines Sunday 10th
    ​Jan. 22 Johnny O's in Ft. Worth running the jam with Drunk Uncle on rhythm section

    Check out interview with Gator from the European Magazine
                    Keepin' the Blues Alive                         here                        http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/q-a-with-texas-guitarist-gary-gator-millhollon-ray-reed-gator   
      

                  With Dale Watson
    Gator & Willie Big-Eyes Smith
    With Big Memphis Jerry on
      Beale Street in Memphis
    Playing Red's Juke joint in Clarksdale
    With Louisiana Red & Bob Corritore
    With Pinetop Perkins
      
     Gator with Pinetop and Willie "Big-Eyes" Smith  who were Muddy Water's pianist and drummer. Pictures were taken before a show in New Mexico. Gator worked with Willie & Pine that night. 3 months later, they won the grammy for best blues album of the year and 6 months later they both passed away. I miss them both--incredible musicians and great souls.
    Gator with Johnny Winter in
    his motorhome a few years 
    ago. Fellow Texans. we had fun discussing the blues and mutual
     friends.  Johnny was an 
     encyclopedia of the blues. He is 
     sorely missed.
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    Playing at Morgan Freeman's
    Ground Zero Blues Club in
    Clarksdale, Mississippi 
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    Drinking with Dale Watson
     in the legendary Little Longhorn
     Saloon in Austin.  Johnny Cash &
     Dwight Yokum use to fly into Austin
     on Sunday afternoon just to listen
     to Dale. One of the greatest and  yet relatively unknown country performers of all time. If you get a chance, go see him.
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    "When I was 5 years old, I saw Roy Orbison (then unknown) playing in front of a furniture store in Odessa, Texas. Electric guitars and amps!
    I was blown away. Then I started listening to the AM radio station in Mexico that blasted 100,000 watts toward the US. Unlike our stations in that era, they were playing songs by black artists like Muddy Waters, Little Richard, BB King, and Big Momma Thornton. Right then, I knew what I had to do. Little did I know that I'd get to meet most of my heroes and work with them."  
    Gator quoted in an interview in the May 2017 European magazine
    Keepin' The Blues Alive
       With Guitar Shorty
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    Our Bio


     Ray "Ray Boy" Reed  --- Ray Reed, from Maypearl, a small town south of Ft. Worth, TX, was born the son of sharecroppers in 1940. Granddad Willie Parramore showed Ray his first guitar, and he learned his first song from Uncle Bob. Growing up he listened to records on his grandma’s Victrola such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Little Son Jackson, and Rosetta Tharpe. He saved his money from working in the cotton fields and at the age of 16 he bought his first guitar at a pawn shop in Ft. Worth. Since then, he has played all over the US and represents the origins of delta blues as played in South Texas, Mississippi and LouIsiana. Former bass player for Freddie King, Ray knows it all from his vast experience in playing and singing the blues. In 2016, Ray was named a "Fort Worth Living Legend"  at a ceremony honoring his contributions to the culture of FW  held in Bass Hall in 2016.
     Gary "Gator" Millhollon -- Gator played for 10 years with T-Bone Turners Band in Austin, Texas. He spent more than 15 years playing the Indian casinos in the Southwest with the Blue Rhythm Kings.  Gator has opened for or worked with such other luminaries as Jimmie Vaughan, The Fab Thunderbirds, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, George Thorogood, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Canned Heat, Louisiana Red, Memphis James, Guitar Shorty, Anson Funderburgh, Johnny Winter, Chris Duarte, the Mississippi All-Stars and (while in St. Louis) shared the stage with the legendary Chuck Berry.  Gator has performed in London England, Dublin Ireland, Germany, France, Germany, and all over Texas, NM, Colorado, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Memphis.  Holllywood has used Gator's music and expertise in background scenes with stars including Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, and Rex Linn (CSI Miami).
    Gator has been featured in the European magazine "Keepin' The Blues Alive."
    Together, Ray and Gator work with a select group of seasoned musicians as they play blues, rock and some songs that they call "house party blues."

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