|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country rockabilly harmonica blues harp hillbilly boogie under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 2000s|
17 August 1921, Wolf Bayou, near Batesville, Arkansas, USA, d. 23 January 1993. Raney became interested in music at an early age, owing to the fact that a crippled foot prevented him playing games. He learned to play the harmonica and listened intently to the playing of Lonnie Glosson on Border radio station XEPN. In 1934, at the age of 13, he hitch-hiked to the stations studios in Eagle Pass and recorded some transcription records. He returned home, but when he was 17 he teamed up with Glosson and in 1938, the pair became favourites on KARK Little Rock and continued to play together on many occasions throughout the 40s. In 1941, Raney had his own show on WCKY in Cincinnati and sold a great many talking harmonicas by mail order through the programme.
In the late 40s, he became friendly with the Delmore Brothers and between 1946 and 1952, made many King Records recordings with them as the Delmore Brothers, the Browns...