Ray Tarantino

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Ray Tarantino
London 2008 – Photo by Phil Sharp
Background information
Born (1976-02-03) 3 February 1976 (age 38)
Milan, Italy,
Genres Rock, alternative country, americana, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, harmonica
Labels Ponderosa
Massive Arts
Tiny Drum
Website RayTarantino.com

Ray Tarantino (born 3 February 1976, Milan, Italy) is a contemporary rock singer-songwriter of Italian descent.[1] Reviewers compare Tarantino's lyrical style to Bob Dylan and his musical integrity to Bruce Springsteen.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ray Tarantino was born in the northern Italian city of Milan. He moved to England at the age of 12 to study English at Milton Abbey School in Dorset, where a classmate introduced him to "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan.[3] Tarantino was so moved by what he heard that he stole a guitar and began writing songs.[4]


As an adult, Ray Tarantino survived a near-fatal car crash,[3] which he cites as his reason for abandoning the corporate life for the life of a professional musician.[5]

Tarantino co-produced his debut album, "Recusant" with Tony Bowers,[6] co-founder and former bass player of platinum-selling band, Simply Red. "Recusant" was released by Edel AG and the European label, Ponderosa, which has also released solo-albums by former Police drummer Stewart Copeland.[7] A few months after the album's release, Tarantino was propelled to No. 1 unsigned artist from the UK on MySpace[8] topping the charts alongside Amy Winehouse and Gomez.[9] As a result, Ivo Grasso signed him to a recording contract with Massive Arts and a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[8][10] He then began solid years of touring across Europe[8] and the US, earning him the media moniker, "Travelling Troubadour."[3][11]

Ray Tarantino – Park City, UT – 2010

Working in collaboration, songwriter Giulio Casale wrote the lyrics and Tarantino composed the music for the song, "Senza Pelle," which was recorded by Italian folk singer Patrizia Laquidara.[12]

Delmar Brown, piano player and composer for many musicians, including Sting, Jaco Pastorius and Miles Davis, recorded Tarantino's song, "My Heart Your Heart," on Brown's album, "Inner Spirit."[13][14]

Tarantino also produced Luca Gemma’s third solo album, “Folkadelic.”[15]

He has performed on American television[9] and on the Italian television show, "Parla Con Me,"[16] famous for its political satire, liberal views[17] and critique of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.[18]

In 2010, he opened for Tori Amos at the Villa Arconati Music Festival.[19] He counts the experience among his career's highlights,[20] along with meeting legendary musician Taj Mahal.[4]

Ray Tarantino opening for Tori Amos in 2010.

Tiny Drum Records[21] released his self-titled second album in 2012 to positive reviews.[6][22] Tarantino lives in Nashville, where he records for Tiny Drum Records.[3] Steve Werbelow co-produced Tarantino's third album, "Good Things Will Happen," to be released in 2014.[23] The album includes collaboration with Steve O'Brien, co-writer of the No. 2 Billboard Country Single, "Rock My World (Little Country Girl),"[24] and Jim Reilley, co-founder of The New Dylans.[25]


  • Recusant (2007)[26]
  • Aimlessly – Tour Only Edition (2009)
  • Ray Tarantino (2012)[26]
  • Hands Down – Single (2012)[26]
  • Good Things Will Happen (2014)[23]


  1. ^ "Ray Tarantino in concerto al Boca Barranca di Marina Romea". Ravennanotizie (in Italian). 14 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Tarantino to headline Songwriters at Play". Times Press Recorder. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hill, Jack W. (4 April 2013). "Italian troubadour follows songwriting path of Dylan". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Inside the Music Universe: Ray Tarantino". The uPlaya Blog. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Ray Tarantino Bio". raytarantino.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  6. ^ a b McQuiston, James (29 May 2012). "Introducing Ray Tarantino". NeuFutur Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Ponderosa Music and Art – Our Label" (in Italian). www.ponderosa.it. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  8. ^ a b c "Massive Arts Studios – Ray Tarantino" (in Italian). www.massivearts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Singer/Songwriter Ray Tarantino Visits Newschannel 6". 3 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  10. ^ "General " Gig News " Ray Tarantino". Alternative Britain. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  11. ^ Bell, Robert (3 April 2013). "Thursday: King vigil, Louise Gluck, Ray Tarantino and more". Arkansas Times. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  12. ^ "SENZA PELLE – Patrizia Laquidara" (in Italian). www.patrizialaquidara.it. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  13. ^ "Delmar Brown Biography". www.ponderosa.it. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  14. ^ Delmar Brown – Inner Spirit EPK (video). YouTube. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  15. ^ "Luca Gemma Official Cite Bio" (in Italian). www.lucagemma.it. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  16. ^ Ray Tarantino – Keep walking on Live @ Parla con Me (video). YouTube. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  17. ^ Hajek, Andrea; Salerno, Daniele; Watters, Clare (16 May 2013). "Send in the clowns . Humour and power in Italian political, social and cultural life". Center for Italian Studies Accademia del Giglio Florence, Italy. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  18. ^ "Parla Con Me TV Fanpage" (in Italian). Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  19. ^ Sartor, Vito (13 July 2010). "Tori Amos Live @ Villa Arconati" (in Italian). www.mescalina.it. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  20. ^ "Artist Spotlight: An Interview with Ray Tarantino". Last Stop Booking. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  21. ^ "Amazon.com: Ray Tarantino: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  22. ^ Frometa, RJ (2011). "Ray Tarantino Self-titled Album". Vents Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  23. ^ a b "Good Things Will Happen – full download available now!". bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  24. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 56. 
  25. ^ Moore, Rick (26 October 2011). "Nashville Songwriter Series: Jim Reilley". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  26. ^ a b c "Amazon.com: Ray Tarantino: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 

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