Don McCray Keyboards and Vocals

Don was born and raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and started learning piano and keyboards at age seven. He has played in bands for over 40 years (What?!?!), playing everything from classic rock to country to R&B and beach music, and enjoys it all. When Don isn't playing music, he listens to a wide variety of artists such as Blackberry Smoke; Kansas; Asleep at the Wheel; Alan Jackson; The Allman Brothers; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Brad Paisley and many more.

Don is a gear fanatic who is always looking for that next great piece of equipment that will make his rig "perfect." He has almost reached nirvana with his current rig: a Yamaha S70XS and Roland Jupiter-80 and -- when stage space permits -- a Hammond XK-3c organ and Neo Ventilator pedal.

 Don loves playing Journey music and working to find just the right sounds to use for each song. His favorite Journey album is probably Raised On Radio, which includes Girl Can't Help It, Be Good to Yourself, and I'll Be Alright Without You. That said, if Don had to pick a favorite Journey song to play it would probably be Still They Ride from the Escape album, because Neal Schon's guitar work on it is so melodic and soulful.

 In addition to his work with Trial by Fire, Don and his wife Scherri play in an 80's tribute band called She Bop, after the Cyndi Lauper tune. Check them out at


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