Don Williams – Tulsa Time
Ray Martin has been called one of Manitoba’s “best kept secrets” when it comes to the art of song writing. Ray and co-writing partner Lyle Foster have won countless music industry awards having partnered in the Foster Martin Band for 19 years.
A song entitled “Thank You Lord For The Sun” is what helped them break into the song writing scene in Nashville, having co-published the song with Famous Music. It was at that time Ray & Lyle got a chance to write with Big Kenny Alphin of the famous “Big & Rich” duo. Ray has since penned songs with hit writers Gilles Godard & Willie Mack. Gilles is now the Chief Creative Officer of OLE Nashville.
Ray quit the band in 2004 to concentrate on writing and solo projects. He released his first solo album entitled “Real Country” in 2017 and is now working on a gospel recording and developing a new Don Williams tribute show.
• Winner of 35 MCMA Awards (Foster Martin Band)
• 2015 Manitoba Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
• 2 time CCMA nominee
• 2 time WCMA nominee
• Winner for “Best Uptempo Country” (Papa Joe) Nashville Song Search
• Winner for “Best Country Ballad” (Duct Taped Bible) Unisong Contest
• Honourable Mention for (Papa Joe & The Miracle) NSAI song contest
The Don Williams Tribute Show (Ray Martin & the Tulsa Time Band)
I have always been a huge fan of Don Williams, and when he passed away in September of 2017, I knew I had to keep his legacy alive. So I solicited the talents of 5 top studio session players by the names of Tommy (steel, electric guitar, dobro, mandolin & b/u vocals), Kerry (bass), Brian (piano & b/u vocals), Alan (acoustic & electric guitars) and Keith (drums). We soon created a new tribute to Don Williams called Tulsa Time.
The show consists of two 45 minute sets, or one 90 minute set, where we perform about 25 of the 57 top ten songs recorded by Don Williams. The instrumentation and vocals are true to the original Don Williams recordings. Every song will take every fan back to the 70’s and 80’s when Don was at the height of his career. We also include some career “facts” about his songs and how he got started in the music business. Don Williams fans won’t be disappointed.
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