August 3, 2021

Ray Stevens: "CabaRay" eVisitorGuide promo 2021...

Hello all you Ray Stevens fans!! While I was writing my previous blog entry something popped up on the internet...a promo for the CabaRay in an overall promotional package of Nashville Dining and Night Life. The promo, in brochure format, is on a site called the eVistorGuide under the categories of Nashville Dining and Night Life. The site features a link to the CabaRay website, a link to purchase tickets, a video promo, and numerous photos. The Piano Bar opened to the public last month and Ray will return for concerts on September 4th. A link to the brochure style promo can be seen HERE. If you were to search for that site on your own you would need to type in your search box: eVisitorGuide.com/Nashville and once you enter that site then you'd search 'Nightlife' and you'd see the CabaRay listed. Luckily, though, we're able to share links to individual establishments in and around Nashville, TN so check the link I posted and see more photos from inside the CabaRay. If I come across anymore promo/publicity for the re-opening of the CabaRay I'll post about it in a future blog entry. In my previous blog entry I embedded the shorter CabaRay promo (20 seconds)...in closing of this blog entry here's the longer CabaRay promo (1 minute)...

Ray Stevens: CabaRay Concerts a Month Away...

If you happen to be a longtime, dedicated Ray Stevens fan then you'll know that we're technically not a month away, yet, from concerts returning to the CabaRay. If we're to be absolutely technical August 4th, tomorrow, will mark 1 month until concerts return to the Ray Stevens CabaRay showroom. The grand re-opening is September 4th and concert tickets have been on sale for several months. I've written several blog entries about the availability of tickets. On July 21st I embedded a CabaRay promo video...the video has gotten 1.6K unique views on YouTube. On Facebook that video received more than 12,000 views. So, then, if you're a frequent visitor of Ray's social media then you should be very familiar with the news that the CabaRay will soon re-open for concerts.  

In case, like me, you're just as in the know about all things Ray Stevens I think it's time to bring back my reasons for having a Ray Stevens blog page. I periodically state the reasons for this particular blog just in case newcomers to it might feel offended that I'm blogging about things "they already know". I have this Ray Stevens blog page for numerous reasons. One of those reasons is, as a long time fan, this is one way of showing my appreciation for his music (in addition to purchasing it) and so I compose essays/blog entries dealing with all aspects of his career and from all time periods. I compose these blog entries for those that aren't as dedicated or don't know as much about Ray Stevens, as we do, and so I fill my blog with a lot of information that you probably already know, too, but I always compose with the mindset that somebody out there who doesn't even know who Ray Stevens is will come across this blog and learn a lot about Ray in the process. That's my hope. I also write these blog entries because I've long since discovered there's a lot of Ray Stevens fans out there who either don't want to do what I'm doing (blogging) or they prefer to just quietly follow Ray's career without participating much in any online social communication. I know this to be true because if you look at the amount of likes and shares pertaining to Ray's Facebook posts they always outnumber the amount of comments. As of this writing there's 116 reactions (likes/loves) of the most recent Ray Stevens post on Facebook. However, there's only 8 comments...and the video being reacted to, uploaded a little over an hour ago, has more than 5,000 views already. So, unlike a lot of recording artists with an official Facebook page, Ray's content usually receives significantly more reactions/shares than actual written comments. 


In the still above you probably know that it was taken during a performance of "Gitarzan". It's the only song in Ray's setlist that features him using a guitar. September 4th is grand re-opening of the CabaRay and tickets are on sale. You can visit the website or call the number on the screen. The video gives an interior of the CabaRay. Watch the video so you'll see the lovely showroom you'll be seated in when you attend an upcoming Ray Stevens concert.  

Ray Stevens: "Gas" at 10.2K

Isn't it wonderful to be a fan of Ray Stevens!! Yes, as you can see, I decided to start off this blog entry with the image of his Country Music Hall of Fame plaque. I have this in the pictorial time-line but I realize most may not have the time or want to go looking through the time-line and so that's why I decided to feature it in this blog entry. In case this is news to you...Ray Stevens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019. He went in the same year as country music duo Brooks and Dunn; and retired record producer, Jerry Bradley. As a fan of Ray Stevens his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, in my opinion, was long overdue. Currently he's enjoying online success with his YouTube content as well as his 4-CD box set, Iconic Songs of the 20th Century. One of those online successes is his novelty song, "Gas". There isn't an actual music video for this song but the audio track on YouTube continues to generate unique views/plays on a daily basis. When I last composed a blog entry about "Gas", back on July 31st, it had 10,143 plays. Since that time the audio track has gained 90 additional plays to bring itself to 10,233 YouTube plays as of August 3rd. The audio track has never been pushed/promoted on Ray's social media. When the novelty single became available in June what shown up on his social media were links to purchase the single. Curb Records, at the same time, uploaded the audio onto YouTube. The audio that I've been sharing on this blog is the audio track Curb Records uploaded. In my way of thinking "Gas" could reach even more people if the audio were to appear in it's entirety on Ray's Facebook or YouTube page. The play that it's getting on YouTube is from organic searches and discovery from suggested video that appear on the right hand side of the screen while people are viewing other Ray Stevens content on YouTube. However, having said all that, I'm thrilled to see "Gas" with more than 10,000 YouTube plays...audio content usually pales in comparison to video content (obviously!)...and so it's a testament to Ray's following that audio content can rack up more than 10,000 unique views.