From the time he was a teenager, Brian Ray has played with some of the biggest legends in the history of pop music. After an early stint with “Monster Mash” star Bobby “Boris” Pickett, he became the musical director for Etta James. He later toured and recorded with such artists as Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge and Nicolette Larson, and even wrote a hit song for Smokey Robinson. In 2002, Ray joined Paul McCartney’s band just in time for Macca’s Super Bowl XXXIX performance. For nearly a decade now, Ray has shared the stage with the former Beatle, lending his formidable guitar, bass and singing skills to one of the most talented bands on Earth.

Ray has also launched a solo career in the past decade, first with his 2006 release, Mondo Magneto, and last year with the follow-up, This Way Up. The SoCal native stopped by Gibson’s Beverly Hills Showroom recently to talk about Custom Shop guitars, touring with Sir Paul and scanning the skies for a bass-shaped Bat-Signal.