Ex-Warrant guitarist Billy Morris part of Early Ray’s country remake of “Cherry Pie” titled “Apple Pie”
Former Warrant and current Tuff guitarist Billy Morris has taken part in the remake of the Warrant classic “Cherry Pie” but with a country spin as Early Ray have just released the single “Apple Pie.” The video for the single will be coming out on July 1, 2020 while the album Apple Pie will be released via RLS New Country Records on July 20, 2020.
Early Ray consists of Rayen Belchere on lead vocals, Joanna Perry on violin, Kerry Brooks on bass and mandolin) and Gary Green on drums.
Metal Sludge, which is headed by Tuff frontman Stevie Rachelle, has provided the rationale behind the remake of “Cherry Pie” into the country flavoured “Apple Pie”:
“First off Early Ray are a country band but they do have plenty of rock n’ roll roots and a backstory that will make you smile.
Secondly, the Cherry has been swapped for an Apple, and now we have “Apple Pie”.
Aside from the title, the guitars and cars have been replaced by trucks and banjos.
Don’t forget the creek bank, the farmer’s daughter and the moonshine.
All this happens out behind the barn til’ the cows come home.
Well there is no mention of corn, but of course there is hay and tractors.
Rayen Belchere is the lead vocalist and chief song-writer for his band which has a solid decade under their belt.
With his southern drawl and small town dreams, Belchere first took his talents to Los Angeles at 19 and quickly met 1 of his child-hood idols.
That idol, Jani Lane of the band Warrant.
Belchere and Lane struck up a deeper friendship when Obi Steinman who worked with both artists paired the two to write together.
That was over 20 years ago.
Since Belchere has gigged in rock bands from Austin to Australia but in recent years has been hitting the honky-tonk circuits in the South East opening for the who’s who of modern country acts.
Then he stumbled across an idea spawned by former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris.
And how those two met, well, we’ll blame that on some nameless tough guy.”
Early Ray‘s “Apple Pie” single: