Dwight Raby Band
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Dwight Raby Band

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Dwight Raby is a regular guy who lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two dogs. He’s got a day job at Emory University where he was once a graduate student and men’s cross-country coach. His quixotic journey to his current station in life is the backbone of a unique musical journey and a new EP entitled “Stronger”.

Backed by Atlanta natives Chris Hunt, AJ Holz, Jeff Beach, and Brian Bisky, the Dwight Raby band puts on a high energy show. “I can’t believe that guys that are this good want to play with me. I’m pretty lucky, and having this kind of talent around me keeps my head from getting too big. I throw out what I think is a nifty guitar lick and Brian will put me in my place real quick with a piano run. There aren’t any egos in the band at all. It’s a blast for us and the audience picks up on that. We don’t do set-lists, and we talk to the crowd all the time. It’s just good clean fun.”

Dwight takes pride in not worrying about genre’s when writing. He cites diverse influences Bill Withers, Indigo Girls, Johnny Cash, John Mayer, and most importantly Jennifer Nettles. Percussionist Chris Hunt is producing his debut EP Stronger. The 3 song demo opens with the upbeat and jazzy ode to his wife “Miracle”, followed by the smoky/ambient rant on bad boys in “Peacock”, and closes with the somber ballad of leaving home in “It Gets Cold in Georgia”. The EP includes the tracks “Only One Stone”, “Stronger”, and “Bleed”.

Dwight’s come a long way since breaking into the Atlanta blues scene as a singer in the late 1990’s. “I only picked up a guitar because I didn’t know what to do with myself if I wasn’t playing. I can’t dance for anything and there were a lot of extended guitar solos.” He left his blues band to form the 5-piece jazz-funk outfit ‘kool’haus’ in 2001. ‘kool’haus’ fell apart after about a year and a half, so Dwight struck out on his own. It was in 2004 that he hooked up with local music guru Francisco Vidal, who saw the raw potential in Dwight’s powerful voice. “I sang ‘Sexual Healing’ for him one day in my first voice lesson and he got me four gigs the next week. It was pretty wild!” Since then, Dwight averages about 120 dates per year. He’s come a long way since playing for PBR in the smoky blues bars of Cobb County.