Three Stars, Downbeat Magazine Review, June 2010
“Catfish Kray Blues Band: Splash (Circle 504 Records; 55:39 ***)
Active in Denver the past three decades, the Albert Collins-inspired guitarist Kray stretches the blues genre past the usual array of associations by employing jazz-trained singer Jesse Garland and capable horn soloists. Related to Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy, and Liza Minelli, Garland projects her built-in siren in gender-asserting songs borrowed from Shemekia Copeland and Lavay Smith. Kray’s most potent lines come on his slow, eight-minute slam at the boss, “Quittin Time Blues.” There, too, he effectively masks his singing as a strep-throated rasp."
Now on the list of 50 entrants for this years Grammy Award in contemporary Blues!!!
"we now have proof of just how uplifting, upbeat, and happy, blues music can be. " Jim Stick, www.bluesincolorado.com
"Splash" is top shelf, front row in Sonny Payne's King Biscuit Time playbox at KFFA Radio, Helena, Arkansas.
"The greatest blues band to hit Colorado in probably forever." Back East Bar & Grille Mgmt
" a great blues record", Jake Schroeder, 99.5, The Mountain, Denver
"I really love this great blues CD" Gustavo Rodriguez, Good Time Blues Radio, Argentina
"A splash of freshness and happy energy" Przemek Drahein, , Voice of the Blues, Radio, Torun, Poland
"Catfish Kray is the best", Mixer Matt, Blues Radio, Minnesota
"Splash is a really great one" Kjell Andresson, Radio Holsteboro, Denmark
"I love your music" Mama Katt, KUVO, Denver
"all Blues and all amazing and fresh and authentic and energetic – feature vocalist Jesse Garland, who is, can I say it – three words: amazing, amazing, and then, amazing", Jeanie Straub, Colorado Music Buzz
"young talent .... a notable amount of fire .... Kray .... his icy tone and phrasing recall one of his favorites, Albert Collins. vocalist Jesse Garland sings on most of the cuts ....two horn players shine. As a result, Kray and company make more than just a splash on this disc; they also make a few waves." From Westword, July 22, 2009
Catfish...love your new CD, Kelly Richey, "guitar goddess" of Cincinnati, Ohio