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Concert Venues

Billy Ray Reynolds

Billy Ray Reynolds and his wife, Lora, have been writing, recording, and performing songs together since 2006. Having first met at the Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival in Pensacola, they soon began a collaboration that has produced dozens of original country and gospel songs, which they perform at music festivals, songwriter events, church services, and listening rooms, leading to their duo album, “Country Music Love Affair, released in 2018. A Mississippi native, Billy Ray began spent a 40-year career in Nashville, returning to his hometown of Mt. Olive in 2003.. Perhaps best known as rhythm guitarist and band leader for Waylon Jennings, and his band, The Waylors, Billy Ray has enjoyed a remarkable career in music and entertainment, and is credited with writing hundreds of songs in his award winning career for such notable recording artists as Waylon, Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Jake Owen, Eddie Arnold, Bobby Bare, Allison Krauss, Conway Twitty, John Conlee, and Toby Keith. While signed to Pete Drake's publishing company, Window Music, Reynolds played in Drake’s touring band for several years in the 1980s. His versatility as a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, composer, and actor helped forge personal friendships and professional affiliations in Nashville with the greatest writers and creative artists in country music history, becoming a fixture in the back alleys of Music Row during the earliest days of the industry’s evolving outlaw movement, along with Kris Kristofferson, Tompall Glaser, Guy Clark, Shel Silverstein, Mickey Newberry, Billy Joe Shaver, and others. In addition to his music, Billy Ray has played roles in multiple film and tv productions, most recently in James Franco's film adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," along with Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker."