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Jay Rakes -
Born in Hampton, Virginia, Jay began playing guitar at age 8. With the encouragement of his grandfather and uncle, Jay began picking out tunes by Three Dog Night and the Doobie Brothers. Jay reached a musical turning point when his brother introduced him to Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush and Steve Morse, legendary guitarist for the Dixie Dregs. Although he has long since developed his own driven guitar style, Jay still gets inspiration from Frank Marino and Steve Morse as well as Joe Satriani,Gary Moore and Eric Johnson.

Jay draws from every imaginable style to craft his unique, instrumental compositions. His ability to create eclectic, memorable music has given him the opportunity to open for guitar greats Johnny Winter, Pat Travers,King’s X & Yngwie Malmsteen. His talent has allowed him to make a living as a guitar instructor at Alpha Music in Virginia Beach,Virginia. In addition to live performances, Jay has also done session work for area studios. He is determined to make THE JAY RAKES BAND nationally known as a well-crafted, instrumental experience.

Cody Thorton -
Born in Norfolk,Virginia,Cody has been playing the drums since the age of 8 after finding his uncle’s old Ludwig drum kit in his grandmother’s garage.Although,his first interest was in playing the guitar after watching Ace Frehley,Cody felt more natural behind the drum kit and after two years of playing began taking lessons with former Jay Rakes Band drummer,Alan Felder.Cody,to this day says,”I couldn’t have ever had a better drum teacher than Alan Felder,he’s always had a huge influence on me since the day I met him.

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  • Enferex

    These guys are incredible. Great skills and awesome live. Plus, Jay is a freak of nature on the axe!

    17 Jun 2010 Reply