In my previous blog entry, the first for 2015, I mentioned an upcoming book signing that's to take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ray is to sign copies of his memoir, Ray Stevens' Nashville. I also mentioned information about an upcoming comedy CD...titled Here We Go Again. Several hours after I posted my previous blog entry on Thursday news surfaced that Ray had signed a contract with a booking agency...a company called Kinkead Entertainment Agency.
The article can be found HERE.
The date of the article is January 21st but I didn't come across it until yesterday. This, of course, is great news for fans of Ray...he's going to go out on tour again. It's still too early in the year to know if he's going to put on a full tour and be out on the road for days or weeks at a time or if it'll be a series of concerts spread out over the course of the summer months.
Earlier in the day an article appeared in southern gospel music circles that featured information about Ray's recording of a song called "The Baptism of Stumpy Brown", from the pen of Buddy Kalb and Allison Speer. The article stated that it's from his upcoming comedy CD, Here We Go Again. The article further goes on to provide the label and distribution information and longtime fans will perhaps be interested in discovering that the CD isn't going to, well, if you want to get more detailed information, click HERE.
Okay, with all that information, we at least know the titles of 2 songs that'll be on the upcoming CD. "The Baptism of Stumpy Brown" and "Pickin' on the Chicken" (see previous blog entry about that song).
HERE. Based on the popularity graphics at Amazon I'm surprised not enough people have bought his version of Michael Jackson's "Bad" to register a popularity ranking. It's track 5 on the album. The site likes to highlight which individual song have gotten the most purchases from a digital release.
As it passes midnight in the central time zone, it's Sunday. I'm sure Ray Stevens celebrated his birthday and had some sort of a party. Usually there's pictures that surface in the hours or days after his birthday that shows him eating cake or laughing it up with any friends/guests. One birthday, recently, had Ray on video blowing out candles on the cake that somebody on his office staff had either made or bought. To clarify, Ray Stevens was born on January 24th in 1939. For whatever reason there are several biographies that list his year of birth as being 1941. I've come across several radio station press releases citing 1941, too, during their 'Celebrity Birthday' area on their sites. Although anybody would love to have their birth year pushed to a later date in time and there's long been the practice of celebrities putting out false information regarding their year of birth but Ray's birth year is 1939, not 1941. Yes, in hindsight, it's a minor quibble, but I like to provide accuracy here because the internet is often filled up with a lot of misinformation.
Once again...Happy Birthday to Ray Stevens!! Here's to an action packed 2015!!