Here, Gray performs the Blind Willie Johnson tune “Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right” near the Grove Arcade earlier this year.
If you follow the Asheville music scene, you may recognize Gray as a one-time member of
Gray was playing with one of these creations, one which had a large spring on it, with a pair of chopsticks. “I was like, ‘That spring is nice. It’s almost like a bass string.’ And then, I was thinking that if I could tune it to a root, I could play just that one string with a band.”
Around the same time, Gray was thinking of some way of salvaging a broken guitar he owned. “After a couple of months of my brain moving around, I started just screwing things to this little guy right here. I guess this is what came out.”
But his invention is hardly complete. “It kind of changes shapes,” Gray says. “It’s kind of a blank palette on top here. If I get tired of a sound, then I take it off.”