His Only Friends

Terry Morgan

= Bass & Vocals =

Terry Morgan
Terry Morgan has a strong working relationship with the international arts community. He started his career in Music and African American Studies. This love of culture and performance inspired him to start a production company and produce events celebrating the arts. his lifelong passion for music has resulted in 30 years as a practicing professional musician. Terry is the founder and president of Modern Enterprises, LLC. He has served clients since 1979 providing talent, production and technical services for cities, corporate clients and civic occasions. These 30 years of experience include special event design, venue management, artist booking and promotion, public relations and fundraising.  Terry’s musicianship has nourished and enriched the business of Modern Enterprises. Performing has strengthened the service of booking talent, designing sound environments for events and has led Terry into further technical expertise. Terry has summoned his calm and level headed manner to seamlessly integrate the creative and technical worlds.

Honored to be the recipient in 1992 of King County’s “Celebrate Success” Outstanding Service award, Terry continues to expand his service realm throughout the US and Canada

developing events and performance experiences for major national clients and international touring performing artist. Closest to his heart though is his role as Manager and bass player for Martez Music recording artist LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.

Education:

B.A. African American Studies / Ethnomusicology – University of Washington 1971-75 Systematic Musicology – Graduate

Program, University of Washington 1975-79

Graduate Teaching Fellowship – University of Washington Music Department.

Bill Ray

= Drums & Percussion =

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Bill Ray has been playing drums since the beginning. A native of Jackson, MS he found his father’s drums at 15 months old and discovering the power of 2 & 4. His purpose on in life was set in motion at the age of four, having witnessed the local “drum guru”, a man named George Lawrence (who is still a friend to this day) perform a drum solo at his parents’ photography studio.

In 1989 a move to California was inevitable and taking gigs of any musical style turned out to be a fertile training ground. In 2001 Ike Turner offered BR the gig and as he said many times, “Billy Ray is the drummer of my soul”. Bill played with Ike on up to the end of his life and played on his 2007 Grammy Award winning album “Risin’ With The Blues”. Bill also holds over 150 other album credits to his career in all styles of music from Rock to Jazz, Country, R&B, Funk, and Eclectic “experimental” styles.

Daniel Walker

= Keyboards & Accordion =

Daniel Walker
Daniel Walker has been playing keyboards as long as he can remember. He has performed as a touring sideman and session musician for artists across genres ranging as far as folk/Americana, traditional blues, swing jazz, R&B and hip-hop, gospel, and modern rock, with artists including John Fullbright, Ian Moore, Red Jacket Mine, Mama Sweet, Aranda, K.C. Clifford, Smokey & the Mirror, Chris Staples, Bronwynne Brent, Daniel Kirkpatrick & the Bayonets, Jami Smith, Rebecca Loebe, Raina Rose, and many others at venues and festivals around the country. In 2014, he fulfilled a childhood dream of appearing as a sideman on The Late Show with David Letterman, appearing with John Fullbright less than a year before Letterman’s retirement. He took part in the EMP 2014 Founders Award ceremony honoring Jackson Browne, backing up Dave Alvin, Shawn Colvin, Keb’ Mo’, and Jackson Browne as a member of the house band. He has done session work with various producers and artists at studios in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Nashville and Chicago.

“Music is a universal language, and it has the power to transport and heal the listeners and the musicians. I can’t imagine my life without it, and I’m grateful to get to do what I do.”