February 4, 2016

Ray Stevens' Nashville Promo Clips...

Hello once more!! I just returned from visiting the Ray Stevens YouTube channel and at the time of this writing he's uploaded three commercials promoting his RFD-TV series, Ray Stevens' Nashville. These commercials aren't full-length (they're less than 20 seconds) but they're nevertheless televised promo spots advertising the upcoming guests on that week's episode. This past Saturday (January 30th) Ray announced that Saturday's episode happened to be the last one of the season. Given that announcement the first season consists of 13 episodes dating back to it's debut early in November of 2015. The series airs each Saturday night at 8:30pm Eastern on RFD.

The promo's advertise the appearances of these three guest stars: Larry Gatlin, Charlie McCoy, and Bobby Bare.

Season 01, Episode 04 promo:

Season 01, Episode 05 promo:

Season 01, Episode 03 promo:

Here is a list of Season One episodes and their original air-dates:

1. 11/07/2015: Steve Wariner

2. 11/14/2015: Don Schlitz

3. 11/21/2015: Bobby Bare

4. 11/28/2015: Larry Gatlin

5. 12/05/2015: Charlie McCoy

6. 12/12/2015: Bobby Braddock

7. 12/19/2015: Suzy Bogguss

8. 12/26/2015: Jimmy Fortune, Bobby Bare, Charlie McCoy, Don Schlitz (my guess is footage taped on a day that Bobby, Charlie, and Don were on hand to tape their individual episodes this unofficial trio and the show's host, Ray Stevens, taped an impromptu jam session and it's been inserted into this episode.)

9.  1/02/2016: Aaron Tippin

10. 1/09/2016: John Conlee and Jeff Bates

11. 1/16/2016: Tanya Tucker and T.G. Sheppard

12. 1/23/2016: Lee Greenwood and Darryl Worley

13. 1/30/2016: Suzi Ragsdale and T. Graham Brown

For those that missed seeing the first season's episodes the rerun cycle begins this coming Saturday at 8:30pm Eastern on RFD-TV. To date there is no word on the start of Season 2. Back on December 8, 2015 Ray posted on his Facebook page that he'd be taping episodes during a week long session (December 14th through December 18th). On a Facebook post dated December 18, 2015 Ray posted that he had finished taping an episode featuring Jimmy Wayne. This episode has yet to air and so I'm assuming that there is going to be much more information posted via Facebook and YouTube on Season 2's guests once the second season gets underway.

One of the recent posts on Ray's Facebook page (as of this writing) is a video promoting the encore presentations of Ray Stevens' Nashville. I'm not computer savvy enough to post the video here (it isn't a YouTube clip with a simple embedding link) and so click this LINK and see the video for yourselves. 

January 24, 2016

A Birthday for Ray Stevens...

A great big Happy Birthday goes out to the one and only Ray Stevens on this January 24th! Born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia he later became the super entertainer, Ray Stevens. Seeing that his birthday falls on a Sunday I don't think there's going to be much on-line reaction on his social media pages beyond a general birthday announcement...usually a celebrity birthday gets a mention on their Facebook page and from there the fans of that celebrity post 'Happy Birthday' greetings throughout most of the day. In previous birthday's for Ray he's posted pictures of small gatherings featuring him standing or sitting near the birthday cake. Sometimes a brief video of the people singing Happy Birthday to him is posted on-line, too. As I do on his birthday I make mention of a couple of internet sites that have his birth year wrong. There is going to be some on-line sites that post Ray having been born in 1941. This is inaccurate. Ray's true year of birth is 1939...meaning that he reaches 77 years young today...

But for Ray Stevens age is only a number, not a warning indicator...for the highly active Ray Stevens is currently enjoying the success of his RFD television series, Ray Stevens' Nashville and I'm sure there is to be some kind of CD release this year. Ray Stevens' Nashville, which runs half an hour, airs every Saturday night at 8:30pm Eastern. It's been on the schedule just over 3 months at the moment. If I recall correctly there's to be 23 or 26 first-run episodes. The series debuted in early November of 2015. It's title is based on Ray's memoir, itself borrowed from his 1973 hit country single, "Nashville". Off to the above right is my vinyl album of a compilation release by RCA titled Collector's Series. I've had this particular title on cassette and CD but never on vinyl. The collection was released in 1985, originally, and then in 1987. It was released on CD for the first time in 1992. No complete collection of his RCA recordings have been made available...unfortunately! I have his studio albums for RCA on vinyl (1980, 1981, and 1982) and I have a cassette copies of 1980's Shriner's Convention and 1983's Greatest Hits, too. However, I have no cassette copy of his 1981 and 1982 albums nor have they ever been issued on CD or in Mp3 format. The RCA era is pretty much as scarce as his Warner Brothers era happens to be as far as availability on modern-day listening devices. The Ray Stevens vinyl albums I have are among the things I cherish the most. They're priceless...sure, the LP's can be found on eBay and other on-line auction sites but once I purchased the albums of his that I've got I've never considered putting a price on them. I still hold out hope that someday cassette copies of his 1981 and 1982 albums come up for sale...but I don't have any hope that RCA is going to release them on CD.

Following up on my previous blog entry concerning the CD release of the Ray Stevens Monument singles (1965-1970) there has since been a product page added on America's Amazon page. You can read about the CD and it's price in American dollars by clicking HERE. It's available for Pre-order...and it states that it'll be available here on March 4th. I'll post more about this CD the closer it gets to March 4th.

In the meantime wish Ray Stevens a Happy Birthday on social media today!

January 15, 2016

Ray Stevens: Monument Singles CD...

Hello all the Ray Stevens fans!! I've just returned from reading up on social media sites searching for any of the latest comments and, or, news surrounding Ray. I am here to announce that there's going to be a compilation CD featuring the single releases of Ray Stevens during the time he was on Monument Records as a recording artist (1965-1970). The CD is being offered on a United Kingdom site called Ace Records. The title of the CD is Face The Music: The Complete Monument Singles (1965-1970) and it features a clean-shaven Ray, arms folded, looking as if he's about ready to bust out laughing at something he's hearing or seeing. The CD focuses only on the 12 single releases issued by Monument, presenting each A-side and B-side in chronological order, for a total of 24 recordings. It isn't a complete collection of recordings from that time period (his 1969 album, Have a Little Talk with Myself, has yet to get released on CD) it's just a collection of the single releases. There are three specific recordings from the 1969 album that make their CD debut here. "Little Woman", "The Fool on the Hill", and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight". Several other Monument recordings mark their debut on CD here: "A-B-C", "Make a Few Memories", and "There's One in Every Crowd". The CD's selling price in the United Kingdom is 11 pounds, 50 pence. I visited a currency converter site and if I entered the numbers in correctly it equals $16.39 in U.S. dollars before shipping and handling. Do not take my message about the price of the CD as a guarantee that it's accurate. I'm going to post a link to the on-line store that's selling this CD and once there you'll find contact numbers and addresses for specific questions you may have regarding the CD's price in American dollars and the shipping method, etc. etc.

To see more information about the above CD, such as all 24 recordings, click HERE. The CD's release date is February 26th. As of this writing there isn't any indication that it'll become imported to America and sold on domestic music sites and so for the time being it'll only be available for purchase through on-line music sites headquartered overseas.