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Ray Riendeau: Fire and Rain

It’s a solo bass day around here at NT HQ. We just spotted this new one by Ray Riendeau, who took James Taylor’s iconic folk hit, “Fire and Rain,” and made it his own. “This song always reminds me of the loved ones who have passed away, and I miss so dearly,” Ray shares. “I dedicate this cover to my...

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Ray Riendeau: Black Or White

At first, Ray Riendeau produced a bass arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White”. After that, he wanted to see how the vocals fit with it. He said after only a few edits, it all came together. “I’m jamming’ with the king of pop…well not really but pretty cool nonetheless,” he shared. We thought it turned out spectacular. If you...

New Albums

James LaBrie Releases “Impermanent Resonance” with Ray Riendeau

Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie has released his third solo album, Impermanent Resonance, on August 6th in North America and July 29 in Europe. LaBrie maintained the same lineup as his previous album, which includes bassist Ray Riendeau, LaBrie’s longtime songwriting partner, keyboardist and background vocalist Matt Guillory, guitarist Marco Sfogli, drummer and Dream Theater audition finalist Peter Wildoer (Darkane,...

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Ray Riendeau: “The Stranger” Live Bass and Drum Duo Performance

Bassist Ray Riendeau shared his latest video with us, featuring a live performance of the tune “The Stranger” he did with drummer Martin Diamond. And the tune is quite a ride full of great rhythms, interplay and stellar technique. Great for listening and watching.

New Albums

Ray Riendeau’s Star Monarchy Releases Debut Album

Ray Riendeau’s new project, “Star Monarchy”, has released their debut album, entitled Volume 1. Written and produced by the bassist himself, the new album covers metal, modern rock, and progressive styles with a plethora of artists from their respected rock genres. Riendeau, whose own resume includes laying down the low end for Rob Halford and Dream Theater singer James Labrie,...

New Albums

Zon Guitars Releases All-Bass Holiday Album, “Holiday Rumblings”

Zon Guitars is getting in the holiday spirit with an all-new holiday album featuring the Zon artist roster. Zon Guitars: Holiday Rumblings feature bassists Michael Manring, Ray Riendeau, Jonni Lightfoot, Alex Bershadsky, Scott Harlan, Zander Zon, Mike Dimin and Chuck Bianchi all performing their bass-focused takes on traditional holiday music. The CD is available now in limited quantities from the...

Concerts & Tours

Ray Riendeau Announces North American Tour with Dream Theater’s James LaBrie

Bassist Ray Riendeau will be touring with Dream Theater singer James LaBrie, on a winter tour of the U.S. and Canada. The tour is in support of LaBrie’s new album, Static Impulse, released on September 28, 2010. The album debuted at #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers, for top new artists. Tour Dates: Nov. 26, 2010: Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music...

New Albums

Ray Riendeau to Release New Solo Album, “Atmospheres”

Eight years since his last solo effort, Ray Riendeau is set to release his latest. Atmospheres will release this summer, after two years of work. The music blends fusion, jazz, rock and electronica and features a big supporting cast, including guitarists Alex Machacek, Nat Janoff, Marco Sfogli, Greg Koch, Jeff Kollman, Ron Jarzombek, Derek Taylor, Rob Michael and Ward Aycock;...

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NAMM Bass Bash: Ray Riendeau, Damian Erskine, Evan Marien perform “Living for the City”

NAMM Bass Bash videos keep coming… Here’s a great one, featuring the bass trio of Ray Riendeau, Damian Erskine and Evan Marien, with drummer Martin Diamond, performing Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City”.

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Ray Riendeau: Liquid live

Our turn to rave about Ray Riendeau… check out this live performance of “Liquid”, at Mojo’s Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado. Ray is joined by drummer Martin Diamond. Hold on to your hat!

Columns, Ray's Raving About...

Ray’s raving about… Gary Willis

I would be remiss to get to do a column where the great people at No Treble let me “rave” about anything I want to not write about one of my all time favorite bass players, Gary Willis. Since first hearing Gary with Tribal Tech years ago I was an instant fan. He is a master of groove, melody, soloing...

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Ray’s raving about… Evan Marien’s “Between Worlds”

One of my current favorite bass players to hit the scene is Evan Marien. Voted one of 2009’s “Most Exciting Players” in July issue of Bass Player magazine, Evan has already accomplished a lot at age 23. A recent graduate of the Berklee College Of Music, Evan has already worked with some amazing musicians such as David Fiuczynski (he is...