Local Guitar Theory “Guru” Ray Chesna hits the Isis Music Hall Lounge again. Ray is an experienced performer, an accomplished guitarist, a songwriter, a teacher, and a string-instrument repair technician.

Ray Chesna


An accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Ray Chesna has developed his performance abilities in many styles, but especially swing, blues and bluegrass, all represented on his CDs.The most recently released is THE PERFECT BLEND.

Relocated to the Northeast from Georgia ,Atlanta’s creative loafing called him “…a local treasure who sings with the teddy-bear softness of Leon Redbone while playing some of the gentlest, most appealing …guitar you’re likely to hear”.

Ray has appeared on stage in the bands with Hazel Dickens, Kenny Baker and Josh Graves, Bela Fleck and others.   A private music teacher since 1971 Ray has been also been on staff at the Augusta Heritage Center, the Swannanoa Gathering, featured performer and teacher at thue Kerrville folk festival, at Guitar Intensives Bar Harbor and at Club Passim in Cambridge Ma.

Genre: Bluegrass Jazz Classical Motown Rock Classic Rock Southern Rock Americana Acoustic Old-Time Folk Rock Indie Country Folk Jam Blues Reggae World Instrumental Funk Swing Country Western Singer Songwriter Gypsy Jazz Celtic Atl Country Gospel Pop Hip-Hop Honky Tonk