Raymond is an advocate for the preservation of Appalachian music culture, Raymond has touched the lives of countless students in his career in musical education. He has devoted much of his life to elevating the beauty of traditional music in scores of students. In turn, they grace the world with the sounds of the music he holds dear. After helping create the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music at East Tennessee State University, Raymond has returned home bringing that same expertise back to the hills of Kentucky. He serves as the Director at the Kentucky Center For Traditional Music at Morehead State University. Raymond regularly tours and performs with Canadian harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens and with the McLain Family Band while continuing to record and produce.