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Dennis McBride


From:
Oregon, USA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 10:31 am     Reply with quote

Hello All, news regarding Ray Montee in Portland, Or.
The reason I'm posting is that I thought Ray may be know on this forum.

Ray's wife Sally contacted me today to tell me Ray is now in hospice care.

If he had friends on the forum, I'm sure he would love to hear from you. I will post the name and address of the facility as soon as I find out.
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Andy Volk


From:
Boston, MA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 11:09 am     Reply with quote

So sorry to hear about Ray's situation. I'm sure many here will reach out to Ray.
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George Piburn


From:
The Oklahoma Hills, USA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 12:09 pm     Some Ray Montee Links to documentary and video Reply with quote

Ray Montee Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQRWEqBS3kw

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ray+montee


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Chris Templeton


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The Green Mountain State
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 1:19 pm     Reply with quote

Ray, I was just watching this Jerry Byrd video (Alan Akaka does the intro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytbF58xJmT4
and headed over to steel without pedals section and saw that you moved into that litte grass shack.
I'm assuming you have a little palm tree over in the corner of your room, and they have you on a special diet of poi, opihi, lomi-lomi salmon, pig that was wrapped in taro leaves a cooked on hot stones and buried in the ground and tuna poki.
I posted this on the forum before and sent you those cds, but here are the links to the cassette songs of Jerry at the Halekaulani hotel: http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=260263&sid=5708b55f173d628e526069010e68b9fb
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Ben Rubright


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Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 5:38 pm     Reply with quote

Ray:

You are still my favorite 'Lights Out' performer at TSGA. I missed seeing you in Dallas. I wish you the very best, my friend.

Ben Rubright
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 6:36 pm     Reply with quote

Have missed reading the entertaining and informative posts from the Skipper.
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Charley Hill


From:
South Carolina
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 6:56 pm     Reply with quote

I echo the previous comments and sorry about Ray's situation. Ray's post were very informative and he kept Jerry Byrds music alive!

Thank you for your contributions, Ray!
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George Rout


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St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 7:14 pm     Reply with quote

Best wishes to Ray. The first time I met him was when I was invited by George Keoki Lake to participate in a couple of steel guitar round robin tapes, 6" reels-not cassettes, back many years ago. A good friend ever since. Best wishes Ray.

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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 1 May 2017 4:26 am     Reply with quote

Ray definitely has friends here, as he's a friend of the Forum. He's a storehouse of knowledge and experience.
I like the picture you paint, Chris. Ray sounds good in that setting.
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 1 May 2017 4:48 am     Reply with quote

I'm very sorry to read of the Skipper's condition, please be sure to post contact information, I'd like to give him a call.
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 7:40 am     Reply with quote

Ray Montee wrote:
...Feel free to communicate with me at any time. Thanks for your faith in my opinion.

I only had one contact with Ray by PM. I asked his opinion regarding the tone of one of my steels used in a video recording. He responded promptly, and in great detail. He was certainly courteous to an unknown like me. He ended his reply with the above quote.

I hope for your best Friend. Smile Smile Smile
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Will Houston


From:
Tempe, Az
Post Posted 1 May 2017 8:57 am     Reply with quote

I have been missing Ray's posts, wondering about him. You can find many utubes of Ray's playing.
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Dennis McBride


From:
Oregon, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 9:10 am     Ray Montee Contact Information Reply with quote

Ray is in the Creekside Rehab and Nursing Home.

812 SE 48th Ave, Portland, OR 97215

Phone (503) 236-2624

I'm happy to see so many responses. I'll
make sure Ray sees them !!
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Bryan Daste


From:
Portland, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 12:54 pm     Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this. Ray's been a fixture to the steel guitar community over the years.
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Kay Das


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 1:03 pm     Reply with quote

Get well soon, Ray.

All the best,

Kay
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Joe Elk


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 1:33 pm     Reply with quote

One of the true Icons of the Steel Guitar!! Thanks for you do!
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Guy Cundell


From:
More idle ramblings from South Australia
Post Posted 1 May 2017 1:48 pm     Reply with quote

Dear Ray,

Thank you for your help and for your generosity over the years.

We wish you peace at this time.

Guy Cundell
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Tony Lombardo


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 2:15 pm     Reply with quote

I have never met Ray, but his posts on this forum and his YouTube videos have had and continue to have a big influence on me. He's a real hero to me.

Tony L.
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Allen Hutchison


From:
Kilcoy, Qld, Australia
Post Posted 1 May 2017 2:43 pm     Thanks Ray! Reply with quote

Ray was THE first person I PM'd when I first joined the forum, with a question about the great JB.
I'd like to echo & agree with all Mr.C.E. Jackson said.
Ray promptly & authoritatively dealt with my question & made me feel very welcome here.
I wish you all the best Ray, & hope you're well looked after at Creekside.
Cheers from Oz, Allen
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Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 4:14 pm     Reply with quote

I bought a really nice 1976 Session 400 from Ray 3-4 years ago... we had a nice visit during the exchange, but he didn’t seem to be in great health even then... Sad that we all get old and end up like this... he’s a monster player, maybe not getting enough recognition.
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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 4:30 pm     Reply with quote

Ray has been such a lifelong devotee of Jerry Byrd and created and maintains the Jerry Byrd Fan Club website at http://jerrybyrd-fanclub.com/ I think it would give him great comfort at this time to know that someone would carry on this work into the future. Any other big Byrd fans willing to take it over? If so, I suggest acting quickly (since Ray is in hospice) and so he can appreciate that it will happen (and maybe provide the password or whatever's needed for the transition).
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Bob Russell


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 1 May 2017 7:23 pm     Reply with quote

Ray gave me some solid advice on technique (and some unblinkingly honest criticism!) when I was getting started on lap steel. I'm still guided by the things he told me. He was also very gracious when we met at the St. Louis convention in 2012. He's done a lot of good for steel guitarists everywhere; we all have the advantage of hearing and seeing his fine playing on YouTube and other internet venues. Plus he gave us the gift of the JERRY BYRD Fan Club website! (Bold and italics as Ray would have had them.) Godspeed, Skipper!
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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 2 May 2017 6:04 am     Reply with quote

Just to confirm, is Ray actually in 'hospice' care or is he in a nursing home? Big difference... Either way, of course, I wish him all the best.
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Larry Lenhart


From:
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 2 May 2017 6:18 am     Reply with quote

Jack Hanson wrote:
Have missed reading the entertaining and informative posts from the Skipper.


I agree 100%...never had the priviledge of meeting Ray in person, but he has a lot of experience and passion for the instrument and music !
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David Ball


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Post Posted 2 May 2017 9:29 am     Reply with quote

I purchased Ray's former D8 Rickenbacker last year and emailed him to ask him a few questions. He promptly replied with lots of great information about the guitar and it's history. We emailed back and forth for a time, and I found him to be a really nice guy willing to share his experience and knowledge freely. I wish him all the best.

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