Vern and Ray


  • From Stockton, California. Originally from Arkansas.
  • A duo featuring Vern Williams (mandolin) and Ray Park (guitar). Ray also played fiddle.
  • Met in Stockton in 1959, formed a band called the Carroll County Country Boys. Recorded several singles on the Starday label.
  • Herb Pederson (Dillards, Desert Rose Band, Laurel Canyon Ramblers) frequently played banjo with Vern and Ray.
  • Disbanded in 1974. Vern formed The Vern Williams Band with his son Delbert on guitar, Keith Little on banjo.
  • Ray went on to work with many other west coast bluegrass and country bands. He also recorded a solo fiddle album called “Fiddletown” in 1982.
  • Ray died in 2002.
  • Vern died in 2006.
  • 2014, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick recorded a tribute album called “Laurie and Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern and Ray.”