Hello once more!! I came across an internet site advertising an upcoming CD release from Ray Stevens...it's going to be his much-anticipated follow-up to his 2014 gospel CD! In August 2014 he issued The Gospel Collection, Volume One. In radio interviews and media reports he always let it be known that a follow-up would be forthcoming. No, less than 2 years later, that follow-up is a reality.
The forthcoming Ray Stevens gospel CD is going to be titled Just a Closer Walk with Thee/Gospel Favorites. The project features 12 recordings as did his 2014 gospel collection. Capitol Christian Distribution has information about the CD and you can read about it HERE. The photo of Ray I imagine comes from the past year or so...during photo sessions for his RFD-TV series, Ray Stevens' Nashville, more than likely. Once you visit the site I linked to you can click the box marked View Tracklist. It'll drop down the list of recordings on the CD. Some of the titles are "Rusty Old Halo", "Just a Touch of Jesus", and "This Old House".
The project includes a couple of recordings originally found on a couple of previous releases from Ray...such as his recording of "When The Saints Go Marching In" and "Dropkick Me Jesus". The CD's lead-off track, "Everybody Needs a Hiding Place/I Found a Hiding Place", is interesting as a title. As you can tell from that song's title this forthcoming gospel project is going to feature several medley performances (combining multiple songs together) just as his 2014 gospel collection did. The song's title itself makes me think of a song he recorded in 1978 called "Hidin' Place"...the CD's lead-off track is perhaps a reworking of that earlier recording complete with a sequel thrown into the mix. I can't wait to hear it and hear the rest of the songs!!!
The CD is scheduled to be released on June 17th...don't you just love the CD's cover art??? Don't forget to click the Capitol Christian Distribution link I provided! It'll give you a lot of information about the forthcoming CD...