to the stages of the Grand Ole Opry and
is a dynamic
performer of traditional and original
and Appalachian music.
Morehead State University's
Kentucky Center for
40+ years of entertaining have taken him to performances in all 50
states and 62 foreign countries, including touring as a musical
ambassador of the U.S. State Department.
Breaking new ground, combining various acoustic music styles, Raymond is a
breath of fresh air at symphony orchestra "pops" concerts,
residencies, and a variety of music events.
For 21 years, as a mainstay of The McLain Family
Band, Raymond was featured internationally at 1000s of festivals and concert halls, as
well as a soloist in hundreds of appearances with orchestras across the US
Raymond performs with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike
Stevens, five time "Entertainer Of The Year" for Central
Canada and an innovator of bluegrass harmonica. Together, Stevens
and McLain play a new and unique combination of musical styles reflecting
their background in bluegrass, blues and old time country music.
Check out their awesome duo performances!
Exciting solo concerts showcase Raymond's his love of music and
entertaining. Recordings of Raymond's solo work include
"Kentucky Mountain Banjo (old time songs and instrumentals)" and
his award-winning recording, "A Place of My Own".
Director of the Bluegrass and Country Music Program atEast Tennessee State
his knowledge & music with students interested in bluegrass
& traditional music, culture, history, instruments & performance.