FIVE FIRSTS: Clay Ross of Ranky Tanky

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NAME: Clay Ross​
BAND AFFILIATION:​ Ranky Tanky
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals​

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS​Thriller by Michael Jackson​

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … ​Hall and Oates

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … ​Violin​

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “​Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses​

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … ​A garage band in middle school.

Guitarist Clay Ross and the Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky make their Greater Nippertown debut as part of the Music Haven at Proctors Passport Concert series at 7:30pm tonight (Friday, February 9) at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady. Fusing jazz, R&B, gospel and the Gullah music of South Carolina into a sound all their own, the quintet’s self-titled debut album has risen to No. 1 on Billboard’s Jazz and contemporary jazz album charts. Tickets are $25.

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