August 14, 2016

Ray Stevens heading to Effingham, IL...

Hello all fans of Ray Stevens!! I've been off-line for awhile due to a change in modems and busy off-line activity. I've gone from a traditional plug-in modem to a wireless modem. I've been on a laptop for nearly 3 years (graduating from a desktop computer) and only recently decided to "go wireless". It took a couple days to get everything up and running due to some unexpected technical issues but everything's working just as before. If you've visited YouTube in the last couple of days you've probably seen some additional video uploads about Ray Stevens. Someone by the name of Suzanne Wright posted video content onto YouTube. I'm assuming it's from the Oklahoma concert back on August 12th. At the moment there's no specifics given of when the performance took place.

I made mention of that Oklahoma concert in a previous blog post and from the looks of the video thousands of people attended.

An upcoming concert in Effingham, IL at the Effingham Performance Center (set to take place in 2 months on October 28th) is being promoted on YouTube. A video promo became available a couple of days ago and I'm embedding it here...

I know that this video, more than likely, is going to be removed once the concert has taken place but for the next 2 months it'll be on-line for all to see. Future discoveries of this blog entry may see a familiar "video not available" or "video removed" alert. The video promo highlights several music video snippets from his direct-to-VHS movie, Get Serious!, as information about the upcoming Effingham concert flashes on the screen. You can read about the concert and purchase concert tickets by visiting the venue's site by clicking HERE. The venue makes use of his most recent CD...once you click the link you'll see what I mean.

Earlier that same month (October 15th) Ray Stevens is to appear in Myrtle Beach, SC at The Alabama Theatre. You can read information and purchase tickets by clicking HERE. Once you click the link you'll see that the venue is using his photo from the first volume of gospel songs (released back in 2014).

July 24, 2016

Ray Stevens Nashville...Number 1 on RFD-TV...

Hello all of you fans of Ray Stevens!! I'm sure by now you've heard the great news that Ray's television program, Ray Stevens' Nashville, is RFD-TV's #1 program. This bit of news came out slowly the latter half of this past week but several on-line sites, including those ran by country music radio stations, have since added it to their news sections. Ray's program debuted on the satellite and cable channel this past November in the 8:30pm Eastern time slot on Saturday night. The series continues to air in this time slot and it airs repeats a couple times during the week. The series is in it's second season of programs. I mention it in that manner because it, like almost all of the other original programs on RFD-TV, have 13-episode production cycles and this is vastly different from the routine production cycles of programs that exist on broadcast television. In broadcast television 26 consecutive first-run episodes ordinarily make up a television season. Those 26 episodes get re-ran in the spring and summer months to total a 52 week calendar year. The programs that air on RFD-TV tend to have 13 first-run episodes per 'season', then there's a re-run period, totaling 26 air-dates. Then 13 additional first-run episodes air, billed as a new season even though it's technically the second half of the existing season, and those episodes then get re-ran. Altogether it adds up to the same 52 week time frame even though the manner in which the episodes make it to the air is vastly different. In broadcast television 26 first-run episodes (plus 26 re-runs) are considered one season but things are a bit different in the world of cable television. I guess by having the episodes airing in this fashion it cuts out the inevitable airing of 26 consecutive re-runs...and so, to eliminate that, the series appears to have a 13 first-run/13 re-run, 13 first-run/13 re-run production cycle.

Sorry to get so technical and confusing but I like to be detailed...

The series, as mentioned, debuted in November of 2015. The actual air-date for the debut is November 7th. Here is a list of episodes that have aired so far...I've listed them in chronological order and listed the guest artist...

1. Steve Wariner (debut episode; November 7, 2015)
2. Don Schlitz
3. Bobby Bare
4. Larry Gatlin
5. Charlie McCoy
6. Bobby Braddock
7. Suzy Bogguss (Christmas episode)
8. Jimmy Fortune
9. Aaron Tippin
10. John Conlee
11. Tanya Tucker and T.G. Sheppard
12. Darryl Worley and Lee Greenwood
13. Suzi Ragsdale and T. Graham Brown
14. Billy Dean
15. James Gregory; the Helen Highwater String Band
16. Bobby Goldsboro
17. Williams and Ree
18. The Bellamy Brothers
19. The Gatlin Brothers
20. Gene Watson
21. Collin Raye
22. Bill Anderson
23. Sylvia
24. Con Hunley
25. Leroy Van Dyke
26. Janie Fricke (this episode is scheduled to air July 30th)

Here's a LINK reporting about Ray's television series hitting #1...becoming the most-watched series among RFD-TV viewers.

July 11, 2016

Something's's Ray Stevens...

Yes, "Something's Coming" to a town near you and it's the one and only Ray Stevens. In a little more than a month from today there is to be a concert by Ray Stevens at the Chocktaw Casino in Pocola, Oklahoma. The concert gets underway at 8pm on August 12th. You can either visit the Casino's website by clicking HERE or by calling Ticket Master directly at 1-800-745-3000. Since it's taking place at a Casino there's strict rules about the audience and carry-in items. You have to 18 years of age or older and you can't bring in any kind of recording equipment. Also, given that it's a Casino performance and not a venue for a general audience of all age groups and less strict rules chances are the appearance isn't going to get much hype; but, if you're an adult and are in the area or are a fan of Ray's and decide you want to make the trip to Pocola, Oklahoma then click the link I embedded or call the number for tickets. The concert is just a little more than a month from today.

In the meantime do any of you have the latest CD from Ray Stevens? I purchased my copy almost a month ago. The CD, Just a Closer Walk with Thee/Gospel Favorites had it's release nearly a month ago on June 17th. If you follow his career as closely as I do then you'll be aware that there has not been any sort of publicity or campaign surrounding this CD...yet. It's a follow-up to his 2014 gospel collection. Back then most of the publicity fell on the shoulders of the Gaither company and various southern gospel outlets. Ray also made the rounds of various gospel television programs but so far there hasn't been the same kind of publicity for this particular CD...maybe you get the sense that I'm impatient...but I'm not. I'm merely anxious to see if Ray is going to promote the CD and perform some of these songs and create awareness for the CD's existence or if this is going to be a CD that gets lost in the shuffle of other projects. In my Amazon review of the CD I pointed out some of the songs that I hope get promoted as single releases. One of those is "Something's Coming". I like that melody and the message and it's a catchy song, too. You can purchase the song on Amazon by clicking HERE. I'd also encourage you, once you're at Amazon, visit the CD's main page...or you can visit it by clicking HERE. Also not to be overlooked is his version of "This Ole House"! This is a great gospel CD from the one and only Ray Stevens!