New Pinecastle Records artists Blue Mafia release their label debut, Pray for Rain, available now at Pinecastlemusic.com Blue Mafia was formed in 2011 by Dara & Tony Wray, and has become a fan and promoter favorite. They are the 2012 DelFest Band Competition Winners, and have twice been awarded 3rd place in the SPBGMA International Band Competition. Pray for Rain is their second album and the experience shows on the new project. Dara Wray has written three songs for the album, with other songs coming from notable songwriters including Tom T. & Dixie Hall, Ralph Stanley, and Peter Rowan among others. The single, “Born to Be with You,” has been playing on radio since its release in the fall of 2014. With Pray for Rain, Blue Mafia is poised to take on the road in 2015.
“Blue Mafia is a fairly new band, formed in 2011 in Muncie, Indiana, by Tony and Dara Wray. But its members have spent years in other bands before becoming part of the Mafia… Good Album” – Keith Lawrence
Dara Wray grew up with bluegrass and has musicianship in her DNA. She began learning guitar from her father at age 17 and now plays mandolin and sings in the band. Tony Wray provides guitar and vocals for Blue Mafia and was formerly the banjo supervisor at the Gibson Instrument company. While living in Nashville he was a freelance musician playing with the biggest names in bluegrass. Rounding out the incredible talent in the band are Cody Looper on banjo, Kent Todd on fiddle and vocals, and Mike Gregory on bass.