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Dec 31

2013 Rewind Bonus: Country Legend Ray Price Passes

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Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Country music lost another legend when Ray Price passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer on December 16. He was 87.

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Ray was admitted to the hospital in early December due to complications from the cancer. Diagnosed in 2011, the cancer had spread to Ray’s liver, intestines and lungs despite aggressive measures. On December 12, Ray and wife of 45 years, Janie, decided not to pursue further treatment. Ray left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas for his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

Through his wife, Ray issued a final statement to his fans: Continue Reading

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Dec 18

Country Stars Remember Ray Price

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Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

As news of Ray Price’s death spread on Monday, country stars offered their condolences and memories of the country legend. Willie Nelson, who counted Ray among his closest friends, issued this statement about his passing:

We are sad beyond words at the passing of our good friend, the legendary Ray Price. Our prayers are for Janie and his family as they cope with their incredible loss. But our loss is Heaven’s gain, because a band of angels just got one of the best voices ever created. There will never be another Ray Price. We love you, Ray.

Alan Jackson tweeted “We’ve lost another Country Great #RIPRayPrice

“For the good times. #RIPRayPrice,” Brad Paisley posted on Facebook.

Charlie Daniels tweeted “One of the greatest country singers of all time died today. Rest in peace Ray Price.”

“Country music lost an inspiration today… Ray, you will be missed!! THANK YOU For The Good Times!!! -KU” – Keith Urban tweeted.

Martina McBride recalled singing with Ray Price on the Grand Ole Opry, sharing a clip of the performance on Twitter. “Ray Price. I got to sing with him twice. What a thrill!” she tweeted.

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“What a wonderful life Ray Price had!!!” Reba tweeted. “We’re so blessed to have had his beautiful voice all these years!!! I will always be a huge fan.”

The Oak Ridge Boys tweeted “Ray Price HAS gone home today… RIP #legend #forthegoodtimes

“We say goodbye to Ray Price, but we will continue to honor him through music. Thank you, Ray, for the good times,” the Grand Ole Opry tweeted.

“R.I.P. Ray Price Prayers go out to your family. Hope the angels are enjoying your voice!” LeAnn Rimes tweeted, later adding this quote from the legend: ‘A lot of people want to keep country music in the minority of people. But it belongs to the world. It’s art.’ – Ray Price”

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Dec 16

Ray Price Dead at 87

Ray Price Dead at 87

Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, who died today at the age of 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Family spokesman Bill Mack, a Texas Country Music Hall of Fame disc jockey, released this statement on his Facebook page at the instruction of Ray’s wife, Janie.

Ray Price left for Heaven at 4:43 p.m. Central Time. He went in perfect peace. Details later. Janie and the family so grateful for your prayers. Ray’s body will be received at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.

Although Hank Williams was an early mentor, Price notably invented his own signature sound with the country shuffle, racking up hits including the iconic 1956 shuffle, “Crazy Arms.” Ray later infused his recordings with blues and jazz influences and even added strings to his songs. Other classic Price hits include “City Lights,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You,” “Heartaches By The Number” and “For The Good Times.”

Read a detailed look back at Price’s impressive career in The Tennessean >>

In late 2012, Price announced he had pancreatic cancer but he never stopped touring and recording. When George Jones died in April 2013, Price commented on the state of country music.

“The door to an era in time is slowly closing,” he said. “With only a handful of us left standing, the country music I knew and loved has also passed away. It is my great hope that the younger generation of singers will remember all of us from that time and carry on.”

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Dec 12

Ray Price Leaves Hospital for Home Hospice Care

Ray Price Back in the Hospital; Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Ray Price photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Great American Country extends prayers and well wishes to Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, 87. Ray is leaving East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas, today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.

In 2011 Ray was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer. Publicist Marty Martel reports despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. Ray and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.

“Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions,” says Janie. “With God’s blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it’s with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It’s his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends.”

Ray’s wife added that the legend has this final message for his fans:

I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven’t let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I’m going to be just fine. Don’t worry about me. I’ll see you again one day.

If you’d like to send Ray and Janie a note, please post it on their Facebook page or mail a card to: Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.

Ray performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for February 12, 2014 in Nashville.

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Dec 10

Ray Price Back in the Hospital; Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Ray Price Back in the Hospital; Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

Ray Price photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Country legend Ray Price is in the hospital again, fighting his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame disc jockey Bill Mack, a friend of Ray’s, says the singer’s condition is stable.

“I was on the telephone with Janie Price (Mrs. Ray) for over an hour Sunday,” Mack posted on his Facebook page. “Ray was re-admitted to a hospital last week after spending some precious time in his ranch home. The pancreatic cancer, as expected, is causing additional, serious issues, although he is now in “stable” condition– after going through a very tough week.

“All-in-all, our good pal is very ill with pancreatic cancer, and your prayers are so very much appreciated,” he added. “Ray is well aware of your love and strong concern.”

Ray was hospitalized for dehydration back in May 2013.

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May 14

Ray Price Admitted to Hospital for Dehydration

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Ray Price photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

GAC sends prayers and get well soon wishes to Ray Price. Yesterday Ray posted the following message on his Facebook page:

Hi Folks,
Just to let my Facebook Friends know that I have been admitted to the hospital because of severe dehydration. Doctors are pouring the fluids to me and I am feeling much better. I wanted you to hear from me before you hear it from the media. I have asked my wife, Janie, to keep you all posted. Thanks for your prayers and support.
Ray

 

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Apr 26

Patsy Cline Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Close June 9

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Fans have a few more weeks to see Patsy Cline’s stage costumes, handwritten letters, artifacts from the plane crash that claimed her life and more before the exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You closes on June 9. In honor of the exhibit’s final weeks, the Museum is offering a series of Patsy-related film screenings and a special concert featuring Jan Howard, Kristen Kelly, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis on May 11.

The May 11 concert, ‘Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline,’ will feature Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Jan Howard and Kristen Kelly performing their favorite Patsy Cline songs as well as music from their own catalogs. Brenda Lee will serve as host for the event which will screen live at countrymusichalloffame.org. Continue Reading

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Jan 31

All Is Well with Ray Price & Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Ray Price has accepted Blake Shelton’s apology following comments Blake made during GAC’s updated Backstory: Blake Shelton. In the special, Blake discussed his 2010 CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year and what it meant to him as country music continues to evolve. Read his comments here >>

“Hi Folks, I had no idea how far this would go when I made my comment about BLAKE SHELTON’S statement regarding CLASSIC COUNTRY MUSIC and that it had no place in the evolution of Country Music,” Ray wrote on his Facebook page. “It has made it’s [sic] way to the site of the 2013 GRAMMY AWARDS TV SHOW. I am giving you the link to read yourself.

“I HAVE ACCEPTED BLAKE SHELTON’S APOLOGY TO ME PERSONALLY. I think Blake is a fine young man with a big future in Country Music. I AGREE that he should be given a chance to restore his credibility with the MILLIONS OF FANS who were deeply offended by those HURTFUL WORDS AND RENAMING US ALL AS…..well, you know what he said. I would regret it if the words I have spoken would in any way harm Blake personally or his career and his chances for the future. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, BLAKE. Thanks All. RAY PRICE.” Continue Reading

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Jan 24

Blake Shelton Explains His Controversial Comments

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Blake Shelton has been getting heat for some comments he made during GAC’s updated Backstory: Blake Shelton. In the special, Blake discussed his 2010 CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year and what it meant to him in the context of country music’s evolution.

“If I am “Male Vocalist of the Year” that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on,” said Blake. “Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.”

When various websites began posting that portion of Blake’s interview, some country fans and artists were offended by Blake’s comments. Country legend Ray Price posted this statement on his Facebook page:

“It’s a shame that I have spend [sic] 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song, have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God’s answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF “OLD FART” & JACKASS”) ” P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.”

Soon after, Ray Stevens’ representative released this statement from the country comedian: Continue Reading

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Oct 9

GAC Album Review: Jamey Johnson’s Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson's 2012 CD, Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran

Jamey Johnson’s 2012 CD, Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Leave it to Jamey Johnson, one of traditional country music’s leading torchbearers, to assemble one of the most impressive call sheets in recent memory to honor his friend; the late, great songwriter, Hank Cochran. On Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, available October 16, Jamey pulls together a guest list made up of seven Country Music Hall of Famers and several more of the genre’s finest voices, to shine a bright light on Hank’s iconic life work.

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With a longstanding and deep appreciation for Hank’s music, Jamey has looked to the songwriter’s catalog in the past. For his 2010 Grammy-nominated double-album, The Guitar Song, Jamey included Hank’s barroom sketch “Set ‘Em Up Joe.” Now, with a set that features 16 of Hank’s songs, Jamey takes the opportunity to push much deeper to present an intimate look at the skill and delicate craft Hank mastered over half a century. Songs like the Patsy Cline classic “I Fall To Pieces” (sung here with Merle Haggard), Jim Reeves’ “I’d Fight the World” (with Bobby Bare) and the plodding, helpless “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” (with Willie Nelson) remind listeners of Hank’s brilliance for pairing the right words with a poignant and expressive melody. And when Willie and Jamey sing together on the latter, You must think that I look bad with a smile, it cuts straight to the emotional undercurrent of the work. Continue Reading

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