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The Biography of Ray Lanich Band

Ray Lanich Band was formed by Ray Lanich in September 2012 and features Ray Lanich (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Paul Tunis (Bass, Backing Vocals), and Steve Gramley (Drums, Backing Vocals). Ray is from Erie, PA; Paul is from Lancaster, PA; Steve is from Edinboro, PA; but all the guys currently reside in the Pittsburgh area. Despite the band's relatively short tenure, their high-energy stage show has already earned them a seat as one of Pittsburgh's best live bands.

They have performed live on the 102.5 FM WDVE Coffeehouse (Pittsburgh), 97.7 FM The Rock Station (Butler), and have been featured on Mornings with Mojo & AC on 100.9 FM WRKT Rocket 101 (Erie). They have performed at The Pittsburgh Marathon, SouthSide Works Summer Concert Series, Butler Downtown Summer Concert Series, Great Lakes Brewing Burning River Fest, Mr. Smalls Theatre, Club Café, Sherlock's, Jergel's Rhythm Grille plus countless bars and clubs all over western PA and eastern Ohio.

Ray's songwriting is quite eclectic. Whether he is writing something in the classic-rock tradition, something funky, something bluesy, or something grassroots/country, he somehow manages to retain his own personality and style seamlessly. You add Paul and Steve's amazing playing and arranging skills to the mix, and the end product is a band with songs that are as technically proficient as they are extremely approachable and catchy!

Their stage show is just as entertaining. Ray has the energy of ten men and plays rhythm and lead guitar with fluid grace all while singing his heart out. Once Paul takes the stage with his five-string bass in hand and aviator sunglasses on, he becomes an "entity" that supplies the low end frequencies like an absolute boss. The only thing more sweet than Steve's beard, is his "in the pocket" drum grooves and awesome backing vocals.

I don't know what more you could want from a band! You need to witness the magic in person!

 

A Guy, His Guitar, and a Dream: The Biography of Ray Lanich

Ray Lanich knew at an early age that music was his destiny.  He received his first guitar for his tenth birthday, and in less than four years, he was performing professionally. 

Throughout high school, Lanich played in several bands around his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania.  One group, an Aerosmith tribute band, received the attention of the producers of the VH1 show Fanclub.  They sent a crew to Ray's high school to film a concert that Ray and his band put on for the entire student body and staff.  

After high school, Lanich studied classical guitar and music at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  Despite a grueling practice and class schedule, Lanich continued to perform live and record his original music.  In 2003, he released his first solo EP that received airplay on Rocket 101's Homegrown - hosted by famed Erie DJ, Sammy Stone.  Ray also fronted a band called Counter Pointe who played regional shows and in 2004, took third place in the Van's Warped Tour Battle of the Bands in Buffalo, New York.  

After graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2005, Ray continued to pursue his passion for music and in August of 2008, he released his first solo full-length album I'll Play a Song for You produced by Ray and his brother MattRay performed all of the vocals and instruments, and songs from the album have had airplay on various college and commercial radio stations across western Pennsylvania and Ohio.  To support I'll Play a Song for You, Ray embarked on a regional tour and performed solo acoustic shows in Erie, PA; Edinboro, PA; Cambridge Springs, PA; Meadville, PA; Franklin, PA; Clarion, PA; Grove City, PA; Indiana, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH; Toledo, OH; Buffalo, NY; and New York, NY. In January of 2012, the Lanich brothers produced and released Ray's sophomore album At Least I'm Moving.

Ray has been a guest on Backstage Pass hosted by Jenna Wagner on WMVL Cool 101.7 FM in Meadville, Fazed Cookies hosted by Michael on WERG 90.5 FM - Erie's Rock Alternative, Lovely and Layla in the Morning hosted by Elora Walsh and Ryan Loverick on WCUC "The Clutch" 91.7 FM in Clarion, Local Limelight hosted by Bobby Hogue on WIUP 90.1 FM in Indiana, and on WXUT 88.3 FM Toledo - hosted by Victoria Lee. 

Ray has been featured in articles printed in Hughshows Blog (Pittsburgh, PA), The Erie Times-News (Erie, PA), ERI Jams Online Magazine (Erie, PA), Rockerie.com (Erie, PA), The Allied News (Grove City, PA), The Clarion Call (Clarion, PA), The Penn (Indiana, PA) and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity's Sinfonia Resonance.  

In March of 2012, Ray embarked on a national tour opening for (solo acoustic) and drumming for Union Pulse from Milwaukee, WI.  The tour took them through DeKalb, IL, Lexington, KY, Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS, Baton Rogue, LA, Austin, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, and St. Louis, MO.  Ray also opened for Kip Winger and Reb Beach in February 2012 at The Altar Bar in Pittsburgh and in October 2012 at The Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh.  

In September of 2012, Ray formed Ray Lanich Band, and currently the band is his main musical project.   

Currently, Ray Lanich lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and continues to write and perform his own music.  He acts as his own manager, booking agent, PR, and record label.  After singing "The National Anthem" at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, Ray was asked what his goal was in the music industry.  Ray laughed and said, "I don't want to be famous - just known."