September 23, 2013

The Ray Stevens Nashville video...

Earlier this year I did a 40th anniversary blog about a particular album from Ray Stevens titled Nashville. That album, if you do the math, hit the market in 1973. Today, about an hour ago, Ray Stevens emerged with a new You Tube video, "Nashville". I became aware of this through an internet friend and so I quickly visited You Tube and saw the video for myself. It's a great video and a marvelous salute to Music City, U.S.A.

If you're familiar with the 1973 original you'll already know that in the recording he used a lot of topical references and mentioned several country music entertainers. In this updated recording he obviously changed the topical references from 1973 but inserted some new lyrics that might not become as easily dated. He kept the reference to Chet Atkins, though, and in the music video you'll see the salute to Chet when that specific lyric is sung.

Ray Stevens is not a member of the Grand Ole Opry but he has performed there many times over the years and has appeared in concert many times at various venues with ties to the Opry. In recent years, if April Fool's Day happens to be close to a Friday or a Saturday night, the roster often has several comedians as guest stars.

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