Inspired by the music of the bands of the Southern punk/indie rock scene, Ray embarked on a solo adventure in 2000.
Traveling around the Southeast with guitar and amp in tow, she wrote, rehearsed, and recorded Stag, teaming up with The Butchies, The Rock*A*Teens, Danielle Howle, and 1945, with a quick stop in NYC to play with Joan Jett, Kate Schellenbach, and Josephine Wiggs. Stag hit the streets in 2001, and changed her trajectory from that point on. Stag was followed by the similarly themed Prom in 2005. Ray issued Live from Knoxville in 2007. She released the introspective solo offering Didn’t It Feel Kinder in 2008, MVP Live in 2010, and Lung of Love in early 2012 - all on Daemon. The latter contained guest vocal spots from Brandi Carlile and My Morning Jacket's Jim James. In early 2014, Ray released Goodnight Tender, her first country album. Guest spots included Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, and Susan Tedeschi. The Tender Hour, released in 2016 covers songs from her country record plus her earlier releases. Amy’s new country album, Holler (released on September 28th 2018), was recorded live to tape in Asheville, NC, with the added power and swagger of horns and strings that harken back to the country music of the late 60’s. Holler features special guests: Alison Brown, Kofi Burbridge, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Justin Vernon, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Phil Cook.