Odie Ray is an American Alternative Rock band formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2018 by cousins David Ertel (vocals, keyboards) and Logan Ertel (vocals, guitars). The band's name is derived from a combination of their grandmother's nickname and grandfather's first name. The band's debut album, Moonlighter, was released October 17, 2019.
David and Logan began their musical journey playing in various bands since 2007. What makes this duo unique is that David resides in Indianapolis, Indiana while Logan lives in Tampa, Florida. They have spent the last six years writing most of their songs over the phone. They have recorded their individual parts at both of their own home studios. Each song had been sent piece by piece, via the web, until completion. Perhaps distance makes the songs that much better. They are known for a distinct attention to detail when it comes to the arrangement, harmonies, and lyrics of their songs. They have a heavy influence from bands that were popular in the 1970s and 1980s, such as: The Eagles, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, Hall & Oates, The Police, and Foreigner.