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Happy 81st birthday Link! Lee’s Liquor Lounge tribute

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , on May 1, 2010 by inductlinkwray

May 2, 2010 marks what would have been Link Wray’s 81st birthday. Happy Birthday Link! He was born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina. Link would go on to become one of rock and roll’s true genius guitar virtuosos. Link Wray would create guitar techniques that would have perhaps the most profound widespread influence of any to play before or since. Legions of fans and players are deeply grateful for his accomplishments.

Several of these fans recently turned out in Minneapolis, Minnesota to pay tribute to the great Link Wray. The concert was held at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in April. All the performers played in Link’s style and several of Link’s tunes were covered. Joe Holland organized the tribute and brought the musicians together to celebrate Link. In his words he organized the tribute simply because they love Link. Joe has stated that he hopes the event can become an annual celebration honoring the musical legacy of Link Wray. I too hope that this can become an annual tribute event.Thank you Joe for making this concert happen and also encouraging people to sign the Induct Link Wray petition.

Join me and jam to Link all day long  (wherever you may be) at maximum volume to celebrate his birthday May 2nd!

May the music of Link Wray be played forever!

Sign the Induct Link Wray online petition!

Review – Link Wray Tribute May 9, 2009

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by inductlinkwray

In Cleveland, many gathered to honor one of rock’s greatest guitarists Link Wray. The concert was held at The Beachland Ballroom on Cleveland’s east side and was presented by This tribute was one in which everyone who performed was a headliner. Link’s daughter Beth (My Beth) and her family joined us as well as Link’s grandson Chris Webb who performed. It is also worth noting that there were several writers, disc jockeys, many local musicians and even some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame executives in attendance. Hopefully their being able to hear Link’s music being played by some of the most capable to perform it other than himself may help this great instrumentalists’ cause for induction.

Opening the show was Cleveland’s own . They performed the songs of many of Link’s contemporaries and friends. With Jon Paulus on the standup bass, additional flare was added for the rockabilly tunes. Among the songs played for their set were Oh Boy, Hot Rod Lincoln, and C’mon Everybody. Rich, Jon and company got the night off to an excellent vibe in their first ever appearance at the Beachland.

out of Chicago, Ill. played a phenomenal set which included several of Link’s tunes including Oddball, Rumble, Mr. Guitar, and Dinosaur. They even showed their prowess by playing XKE which many of you may know was played by Link alums, The Fender Benders. also played several great surf instrumentals including Dick Tracy, Mr. Moto and Good Cop, Bad Cop. My thanks go out to Phil, Susie, Jack and Larry for providing Cleveland with the opportunity to hear you at your finest.

made the trip up from the greater Washington D.C. area to perform at the tribute. I could think of no greater musicians to have perform at this concert than those who actually played with Link. The Raymen did not disappoint. Those in attendance received a real treat as they heard songs played live that even Link may never have performed in concert. Led by bassist Ed Cynar, they play the music to absolute perfection. Lead Guitarist demonstrated the talent that comes with being the son of a Rayman and having played with Link at the age of 16. They performed such classics as Rawhide, Rumble, Jack The Ripper and Ace of Spades. With highly skilled drummer Pat Greenwood keeping perfect time they dedicated I’m Branded to recently deceased Raymen, Jack Van Horn and Chuck Bennett. In addition to these well known standards they also played such classics as Super 88, Goodtime Joe, Walk Away From Love, Quicksand, and It’s All Over Now ( Baby Blue ). Link Wray’s Raymen also delighted the crowd with an original composition titled which holds true to the Link Wray influence. I recommend Link Wray’s Raymen to any and all who ever have the chance to see them in concert. Thanks Ed, Pat and John for providing us all with an experience which will last forever.

The tribute band which also performed at Link Wray’s rock and roll hall of fame induction into the NAMMYs played next. The band featured on bass, Gary Small of . and on drums. They were led by Link’s grandson Chris Webb on guitar. Opening with Rumble on the Docks they played a high energy set which never came down. In fact many of the bar’s patrons came out to witness them perform. They dedicated Batman to a fan of Link’s who is only 3 three years old and also Run Chicken Run to a contributor of this petition effort. Black Widow/Spiderman, Radar, Switchblade, and Slinky were among songs showcased in their set. Comanche was played with crowd participation and they closed with Link’s signature tune Rumble. It is worth noting that several exclaimed how Chris reminded them of Link while he played and remarked at Jason’s playing on the drums. Top notch musicians with obvious chemistry. If  they ever join each other on stage again, I hope to be there. I wish to thank Chris, Gary and Jason for traveling many miles to play for us.

Closing the night and taking us into the next morning was roots rocker, . He opened with Big Time and never let us down from there. He played such well loved songs as Pretty Little Lights,Tough it Out, and Human Cannonball at the request of one dedicated fan. Fans were treated to a special surprise rendition of Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby done Link Wray style just for the tribute with an ode to Link’s influence on rock and roll spoken prior to the performance. I would like to hear this released on disc someday as it blew me away. Webb, Bob and the band proved why rock is still alive and well and on May 9, 2009 it was played in Cleveland, Ohio for Link Wray.

In addition to the entertainment provided by the bands was a slideshow detailing many of Link’s performances and interviews throughout his career. It was our intention to educate and inform the audience of the company Link kept throughout his lifetime and many of the videos helped to do this. This presentation also made it possible for Link to take center stage at his own tribute. There was no better way to close the concert than with footage of the great one himself playing rock’s greatest instrumental.

I would like to thank all the performers, Big Audio Mike for your excellent work at the soundboard and on stage, Gregg and Nick at Brain Damage Inc. for everything you did in making the video presentation possible, Katie Garlock of for photographing this event, and Jill for your tireless help the night of the show, and Angela for everything you have done in making this tribute happen. I would also like to express my gratitude to Tom Hinders of , Guy Moore of , and Jet Sterling of The for their coverage and additional promotion of this tribute and petition. Thanks Jet for having us as guests on the air.

In addition, I would also like to thank Rod Ice for writing two articles about the tribute for the Geauga County Maple Leaf newspaper. He had these words to say about the petition on his own .

The music of Link Wray is still alive and well. It will live on forever in all that it influences. Please join everyone who has already signed the and help support Link’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Link Wray Tribute – May 9, 2009

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , , on March 21, 2009 by inductlinkwray

Induct Link Wray is proud to present a tribute to the legend, Link Wray. Join us May 9th at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Oh to celebrate the life and music of Link. The show takes place just one week after what would have been Link’s 80th birthday. Many special guests will be present as well as a star studded musical lineup.

Webb Wilder will be performing just weeks after the April release of his newest CD “More Like Me.” He will be

photo credit: david mclister

photo credit: david mclister

performing his own take on roots rock and hopefully many of his hits. Also, I anticipate the performance of many songs off of his latest release. Arrive early or else as Webb’s credo states ” Wear glasses if you need ‘em.”

raymenLink Wray’s Raymen will be performing Link’s music to absolute precision as well as some of their own material. The Raymen are made up entirely of musicians that played with Link. Guitarist, John Van Horn, son of legendary Rayman Jack Van Horn was taught his chops by Link. Bassist Ed Cynar dares us all to close our eyes and tell if we can hear a difference on the guitar between Link and John. That is quite a statement coming from someone who played and recorded with Link. On drums will be Pat Greenwood who had played with Link in the 70s. I am very excited to see Link Wray’s Raymen in their first ever Cleveland performance.

The Stuck in Gear tribute band featuring Link Wray’s own grandson Chris Webb will play. Gary Small of The Coyote Bros. who is a winner of multiple NAMMYS will be joining Chris as well as Jason Kay on drums. Many of you may have seen them perform at the Native American Music Awards honoring the legendary Link Wray or at a previous tribute. If not don’t miss this opportunity. Chris also plays with his own band Southern Attitude and they are based in the Portsmouth, Va area and plays regularly there. They will be performing in Cleveland for the first time.

Chicago’s only Link Wray tribute band, Wraygun will enlighten us with a variety of instrumental surf as well as the



music of Link. I have seen musician Phil Tiki with another of his bands The Cocktail Preachers and was thoroughly impressed. To say I am in high anticipation of seeing Wraygun is an understatement.

Opening the event will be Cleveland’s own The Topcats. They will be performing much of the greatest rock of the 50s and 60s. Bassist Jon Paulus has promised they will get the show rockin’. I’m looking forward to their first ever performance at the Beachland.

The event promises the greatest performances of Link’s music by anyone besides himself. For anyone who had not seen Link in person this may be a great way to experience his musical legacy first hand. It is also my hope that by having this concert in Cleveland that the rock hall will take notice of their greatest omission. Come join us in a celebration of Link Wray. I hope to see you all at the Beachland on May 9th.

For information on the show and to purchase tickets visit

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