Good morning all...if you've done a recent Google image search for Ray Stevens then you'll be aware that several new pictures of him have been showing up during the search results. Those pictures come from his July 19th appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theatre during the Songwriter Session series. There are more than 30 pictures captured from the event...from both backstage, during the performance and interview, and several from the Nashville book signing afterward.
You can see all of those pictures HERE.
Speaking of the book...you can purchase your copy on AMAZON. That link takes you to the paperback version. There is a Kindle version available, too. I seldom post a link to the Kindle because I'm biased...I prefer people buy the actual physical copy of the book. Of course, I know that once a person clicks the Amazon link to the paperback copy of Nashville they can easily click the link for the Kindle edition. No matter which format you choose it's a great story/history of Nashville from the experiences of Ray Stevens. The book should start to become available at his on-line store in a couple of months.
In the meantime...
The totals for the illegal immigration music video, "Come to the U.S.A.", have obtained more than 20,000 unique views since my previous blog post yesterday. The total, as of now, is 8,393,797. I'm sure it'll make it into the 8.4 million range some point today.
Around this same time next month Volume One of Ray's gospel CD should be making the headlines among the social media sites. It's to be released on August 19 and the marketing is to be handled by the Gaither company but it should be available at all the on-line music stores. The title of the CD is Ray Stevens Gospel Collection Volume One.
At the moment I've seen it up for Pre-Order on the Best Buy site. You can see their product page HERE. You will need to become a member of their on-line site to place a pre-order. There is also has a product page, but no Pre-Order availability at the moment, at this SITE from Capitol Christian Distribution. A third page I come across offering a Pre-Order of the gospel CD is this one from a site called Family Christian. As is the case with the other music stores, you'll have to register to become a member and create an account at the Family Christian site before purchasing items.
Is Amazon offering a pre-order? Well, if you type "Ray Stevens Gospel Collection" at Amazon a CD shows up in the search results with that title indicating the release is to be August 19, 2014 but inexplicably the site has the artist name listed as 'Ryan Stevens' instead of 'Ray Stevens' even though the name of the CD clearly states it's Ray Stevens. I sent an e-mail to the appropriate department several weeks ago informing them of their spelling mistake but the typo has never been corrected and it still lists the recording artist for the CD as 'Ryan Stevens' even though Ray's name is clearly part of the CD's title. Amazon doesn't have a picture of the CD unlike the other music stores.
You can see for yourselves HERE.