Sweetwater Records' recording artist Ray Fogg has become such a favorite of the islanders and tourists alike at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, the popular party island resort in Lake Erie, that folks commonly refer to him as the "Island Rock God!" Since his act is mostly comedy and acoustic songs, the nickname is completely in jest. During the off-season his tour has taken him to world famous venues like Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West and the Tropical Isle in New Orleans' French Quarter, as well as to Great Lakes towns throughout Michigan and Ohio, where he draws enthusiastic fans hungry for their winter-time Ray Fogg fix.
The Detroit News said Fogg "weaves music, comedy and heartfelt songs about island life into an entertaining show." "One island is not enough to hold all of Fogg's talent" said the Sandusky Register. Cleveland's Sun Papers said, "What attracts people to Fogg's shows is his ability to write, and better yet ad lib, edgy comical songs and anecdotes perfectly suited to a beer-drinking crowd."
Since 1998, he has released six CDs with his band, The Swingin' Lesbian Frogs. The first, Waves features many of Fogg's heartfelt songs about the island. The next, Kiss My Bass focused on humorous and raunchy songs which have become popular at Ray's live shows. I'm Busy (boating, drinking, singing), strikes a balance between the first two CDs with great songs such as "The Moon Song" as well as more drinking songs like "Everyone's a 10 at 2:00. Live from Put-in-Bay - Christmas in July captures a live show on Put-in-Bay's business weekend. As the title suggests, Sorry If I Was A Dick Last Night takes aim directly at the profane wit people have come to expect at Fogg's live shows.
But on his latest effort, Island Life, Fogg has left the dirty stuff behind and returned to his roots, so to speak, with a recording that showcases his serious songwriting. Of his past releases, this CD, a collection songs about life on an island, is most reminiscent of his 1998 Waves CD. There are some funny parodies here too, but its rated PG this time!
Fogg's back up band, The Swingin' Lesbian Frogs, is comprised of musicians respected as top notch players, writers and producers: Frank Romano - guitar (has also worked with Rob Thomas, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Puff Daddy, Musiq Soulchild), Mike Crow - bass (also with Skinny Moo), and Richard Carpenter - drums (Ohio; formerly of Exotic Birds).
Through the 1980s and early 1990s Ray toured the college circuit nationwide. During this time he founded a booking agency which specialized in the college market. Although Ray long ago left the agency business, his sister Linda Fogg continues with Fogg Entertainment. From 1985 to 1991 Ray served on the National Association for Campus Activities' (NACA) Associate Member Advisory Board, part of the national leadership of the college circuit association, representing the interests of fellow performing artists. He has received humanitarian awards for his work with world hunger.
But then Ray discovered that his writing and performing are best suited and well inspired by the beautiful and fun island of Put-in-Bay where you can find him most every weekend during the summer season.
Fogg is also an avid boater and pilot, using both skills as he transits between his homes at Put-in-Bay, Ohio and Key West, Florida. He is the president of 3Whiskey2 Pilots Association, Put-in-Bay's local pilot group.
Ray's website is www.rayfogg.net
Ray's Facebook Page is www.facebook.com/therayfoggshow