Professional drummer and in demand side man, Ray Levier, just released his most poignant and personal track to date. His jazz funk fusion track Wig Glue" is a spirited and groove-filled composition that pays homage to the resilience and determination of legendary guitarist Mike Stern
, the multiple Grammy-nominated guitarist, a former member of Miles Davis’ band during the early 1980s and subsequent member of Miles Davis
, Steps Ahead
, Jaco Pastorius
’ Word of Mouth and Brecker Brothers
The backstory behind the song adds a layer of depth and inspiration to the music, as it was born out of a unique solution that helped Stern regain his grip on the guitar pick after a devastating accident left him with broken arms and nerve damage. The incident occurred on July 3, 2016, when Stern stumbled upon hidden construction debris while hailing a cab in Manhattan. This unfortunate event shattered both of his humerus bones and left him struggling with tasks as simple as holding a pick.
Determined to overcome this setback, Stern found a temporary solution in the form of wig glue. It was a conversation with Etienne Stadwijk
, a fellow musician, that led Stern to seek out Ray Levier, who was already using wig glue on his drumsticks to enhance his grip after his accident.
Levier, a highly talented drummer, shared his unconventional method with Stern, and the results were remarkable. Stern found that using wig glue improved his ability to hold the pick and continue performing. Grateful for the solution, Stern mentioned Levier in interviews and expressed his deep appreciation for the fortuitous suggestion.
They playfully refer to themselves as members of the wig glue club," a testament to their bond and shared experience. Wig Glue" serves as a dedication to both Ray and Mike Stern's resilience and the idea that if something is broken, one can simply glue it back together and carry on.
Wig Glue, it's not only a song, it's what keeps my groove strong!" quips Ray.
The track embodies the spirit of funk, infusing it with elements of jazz and fusion to create a dynamic and infectious sound. Levier's rhythmic prowess shines through, showcasing his ability to drive the groove and deliver captivating musical moments.
Both Etienne Stadwijk and Mike Stern have established themselves as highly respected musicians in the industry. Stadwijk’s impressive discography includes collaborations with renowned artists such as Richard Bona
, Sadao Watanabe
, Paul Simon
, and Maxwell, among many others. Stern's notable contributions to jazz and fusion can be traced back to his time with Miles Davis, Steps Ahead, and The Brecker Brothers, solidifying his status as a guitar virtuoso.
In a harmonious convergence of musical prowess, the esteemed bassist Will Lee
, known for his remarkable contributions on Late Night with David Letterman
and collaborations with acclaimed figures such as George Benson
and The Brecker Brothers, joins forces with Ray LeVier and friends. Together, they embark on exploring the melodic enchantment of Wig Glue.
Wig Glue" captures the essence of overcoming adversity and pushing forward in the face of challenges. With its infectious rhythms, captivating melodies, and spirited performances, the track is a testament to the power of music to inspire and uplift. Ray Levier's tribute to Mike Stern is a testament to the strong bonds and mutual support that exist within the music community.
Ray will be hosting a release show for “Wig Glue” at New York City’s Bitter End on June 20th, the day of the songs release. If you can’t make the event in person, you can livestream it on Volume.com
. Ray will be joined by Etienne Stadwijk, Kip Sophos
, and Oz Noy
Join Ray for his Single Release Show in NYC
Tuesday June 20, 2023
Doors open at 7:30 PM, show at 8 PM
The Bitter End
There is a two-drink minimum per show at the tables or a one-drink minimum at the bar (Does not have to be alcohol). The show is for all ages, but everyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.