“Toby Gray is a natural storyteller. His original songs are articulate and funny and thoughtful, and his chord changes are just “different” enough to keep a side musician on his toes. He also a pro, and gave us plenty of room to trade supporting roles and solos through the songs. – BanjerDan (Dan Mazer)
“Toby is a tremendous singer songwriter, with thousands of songs at his command and a Santa Cruz treasure!
If you aren’t familiar you need to be!” – Laura February Strange
“Amending The Broken Wheel Of Music”
The raucous crowds from the fans has ceased as the dark clouds of universal sorrow continue amidst the pandemic similar to The Black Plague of Europe 700 years ago. Enter Monsieur Toby Gray, a “Renaissance Man” of Santa Cruz who serenades the masses weekly (daily). Toby is a survivor of “The Golden Age”, a long time member, bass player of storied, iconic band, It’s A Beautiful Day”. Toby remains busy with other bands of the cultural Mecca in California but at the moment, progress is at a standstill excluding a few stalwarts with extraordinary ability trying to please the masses as a search continues in the medicinal world to maintain the virus that now has become world wide. It’s an escape from the tedium of restriction, seclusion in our homes but few have the legacy of Toby Gray who allocates their time to try and please the masses & make the hearts smile. Toby is a heralded bass player but obviously an accomplished guitarist as well. Years from now, Toby & others will be the storied tomes of a neoteric generation. As we listen to these weekly (daily) efforts, Inspiration seems to permeate the air and for those fortunate enough to watch, they extol as if they were there. The denizens of west coast grandeur is alive & well thanks to Monsieur Toby. Kudos & plaudits to you Mon Ami, we are in a better place at the moment because of your untiring efforts. Love from horse country…..Don Aters (rock historian and noted photographer)
Our Book Fair this year turned out to be the best one EVER–and not just lucratively for the library! I have received so many compliments about your music..<snip< Please put me on your list to notify for events…and I will do my very best to get to be a proper Toby Gray Groupie! Many, many thanks – Kelli S.
From fans of my performances with It’s A Beautiful Day
<snip> You all were a joy to work with it was like meeting old friends for the first time. The show was total excitement for me ……. I really got off! By the time you guys did Time is…… I thought the roof was just going to fly off of the Fur Peace Station. Big Thanks Toby……..let’s do it again! Blessings and Respect
John Hurlbut – Fur Peace Ranch Manager
Toby & Val…at times unheralded as a tandem but…it doesn’t get better than these two….. – Don Aters – Woodstock nation rock photographer
<snip> For me, the highlight of the concert was a performance of Bombay Calling in which Toby Gray and David Laflamme had very memorable solos. My second favorite piece was their performance of Santa Cruz (composed by David and Toby). Again, very nice instrumental work. <snip>
Be sure and tell Toby to keep up the good work… he is too much, I had almost forgotten what a real rock bass player should look and sound like, now that really took me back, thanks Toby!
Discography with It’s A Beautiful Day
Toby Gray – Pacific Waves (1988)
Road Hogs – Take You There (2000)
It’s A Beautiful Day- Working the Goldmine (2001)
Road Hogs – Live at Moes (2002)
David Laflamme Performing the Music of It’s A Beautiful Day – Beyond Dreams (2003)
David Laflamme Performing the Music of It’s A Beautiful Day – Live in Seattle (2003)
David Laflamme Performing the Music of It’s A Beautiful Day – Misery Loves Company (2005)
Highway Buddha & Trans Love Airways – Ascension (2010)
Highway Buddha – Memory Calling (2011)
Road Hogs – LIVE (2013)
David Laflamme Performing the Music of It’s A Beautiful Day – Outside the Golden Cage DVD with live footage from the Mystic Theatre (2013)