Ray Naylor

Ray Naylor


Ray Naylor is a performing songwriter with wit, sensitivity, and honesty. His songs are from the heart and range from funny to heart touching. A review of Ray's CD, Slow Cooker, on Rambles.net: "Naylor is in the mold of Shel Silverstein. He uses a set of witty lyrics to tell some home truths"


Ray is a performing songwriter, and all around entertainer. He has also managed other performing artists, consulted with musicians, hosted both radio and cable TV folk shows, and has produced and promoted concerts. Now, Ray is focusing his energies on his own music. What Ray Naylor is all about boils down to this: a guy who presents good music to as many people as possible.

Ray Naylor's own music or original songs range from funny to heartfelt. Ray's style of music can best be classified as folk/country. Most important, Ray Naylor understands the responsibility of a performer to entertain and communicate wit his audience. He speaks through his own songs we well as the music of others. Ray has a special interest in keeping alive the songs of Phil Ochs, and is always ready to perform a program of Phil Ochs songs.

In February 1993, Ray will be releasing his first CD, Slow Cooker. The CD included 12 original songs, and a cover of the Phil Ochs song, Pleasures of the Harbor. The CD is produced by Daoud Shaw, who has produced recordings for Van Morrison and Etta James. Among the many fine players on the CD are former Sly Stone keyboard player, Kenny Kirby, former Huffamoose drummer, Erik Johnson, and Travis Wetzel, local fiddle/player extrodinaire (and Grand Old Opry performer).

Ray was honored to play at the 1997 Philadelphia Folk Festival and pas played at many venues in the area including The Point, The Oxford Friends Folk Club, The Lansdowne Folk Club, Borders Book Stores, The Troubadour Folk Club, Biddle's Cafe, The Jumping Cow, and The Musical Lairs House Concert Series.

Ray's involvement in the local Philadlephia folk scene goes back 22 years. Ray Naylor managed several excellent performers including Susan Piper (formerly on Gene Shay's Sliced Bread Records Label), Karen Deveau (who plays in Nashville, and whose songs are being pitched to Nashville artists), and Marina Vittoria.

Ray has booked various venues including the former Biddle's Cafe, which received Philadelphia Magazines's 1996 award for Best Folk Venue.

Ray's goal at every performance is to have audience members leave the show saying "I am really glad I decided to come here tonight." And isn't that what performing and entertaining is all about.


Slow Cooker, C. 2003; 13 songs; several songs available for listening at www.raynaylor.com and CM Baby.

Set List

My typical set list is a combination of my songs and covers; I usally include covers by Phil Ochs and Jerry Jeff Walker, as well as a number of other songs that I like, and fit my style. I can really do an length of set; Longest has been 3 sets of 45 minutes each at one gig.