Boo Ray is no stranger to Asheville — he’s spent time here, lived down the road in Athens, and launched his current career trajectory at the Town Pump a few years back when he was touring his Bad News Travels Fast album. That title track, swaggering, driving and full of attitude, also appears on his new record, Sea of Lights. It’s a good fit, too — the new record is full of that same kind of assurance, edge and self direction.
Boo Ray’s Bad News Travels Fast plays like a guilty pleasure, all boozy and rough-edged and filled with promises of trouble and ruined reputations. But the thing about Bad News is there’s nothing bad about it.