Raymond Longchamp started banging on his older brothers Sears guitar at age 6. Guitar lessons and the Beatles coming to the States started him off on his neverending musical journey. He played in rock & bluegrass bands in high school, and started to get paid to do gigs after graduating. A formal education and college degree followed. Scroll forward to 2013, Ray has been working at a breakneck pace in the music business for 35 years.
Ray does well over 200 dates a year- solo and duo acoustic gigs in clubs and restaurants in the New York metro area as well as many private gigs. His stylistic scope and repertoire are vast and varied. Solo gigs feature virtuoso fingerstyle playing, overlaid lead guitar parts, and warm vocals, with the ability to take requests all night. Duos feature great harmonies, and instrumental improvisation. All styles are covered- rock, jazz, rythym & blues, country- you name it. He also does band gigs at larger venues, concert halls, and festivals with the Allman Brothers Tribute band, The Peach Project, that he founded, as well as with other bands and top musicians in the New Your metro area, doing a myriad of styles.
Ray services northern Bergen NJ & Rockland NY counties by teaching out of his studios in Ramsey NJ and Vernon NJ. He has maintained a busy teaching schedule over past decades with both new students signing up for intro lessons, established annual students and returning clients.
He has recorded with countless artists, composed commercial jingles, and played backed up with national acts both in the studio andon the road, among them- Jay and the Americans and Tommy James of the Shondells.