Ray Price Legacy Leads 2015 With New Single, ESPN Video Soundtrack, TV Tribute, “Best Of” Accolades & More
“I Wish I Was 18 Again” Released To Country Radio;
Country’s Family Reunion Tribute Airs January 9 On RFD-TV
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 6, 2014) – Ray Price’s phenomenal musical legacy leads off 2015 with a new single at Country radio, continued exposure via ESPN commercials, a TV tribute, “Best Of” accolades and more. The Sonny Throckmorton-penned classic, “I Wish I Was 18 Again,” resonates with emotion and Price’s incomparable vocal. Previously a Top 40 for the inimitable George Burns, the song is given new life – and insight with Ray’s interpretation. The single lands as ESPN-TV continues airingCollege Football Playoff ads soundtracked by Price’s “For The Good Times” and Friday, Country’s Family Reunion Tribute To Ray Pricewill air on RFD-TV.
The Country Music Hall of Famer’s last musical offering, Beauty Is … the final sessions (Amerimonte Records) garnered a unique Honorable Mention on Billboard.com’s The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014 list and grabbed the #1 spot on TheNashvilleBridge.com’sTop 10 Albums list. The disc debuted at #22 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, giving Ray his highest solo appearance on that chart in over three decades. Additionally, his duet with Martina McBride, “An Affair To Remember,” scored as #8 on the Hotdisc International Chart’s Top 30 Most Popular Songs of 2014 list after three consecutive weeks at #1.
“It amazes me,” notes Janie Price of the media attention her late husband continues to command. “Ray passed away a little over a year ago, and folks still love hearing him sing. He’d be so proud.”
Fans continue to clamor for copies of the album, following the trend set the week of its April 2014 release when the disc sold out onwalmart.com, and rocketed to #1 on Amazon’s Best Country Albumslist. A top-seller at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide, the CD was the top-selling disc at Ernest Tubb Records Stores in May, and was named CD of the Month by Smart Choice Music (UK). Nationally, Hastings Stores count the title as the #35 top-selling Country album of 2014, and Beauty Is … kicked off the New Year as Amazon’s # 3 Top Rated Country Album.
Janie Price appeared on Huckabee in December and, in November,Texas Music Scene aired a special “Backstage Pass on Ray Price’s Final Album.” Honors and proclamations for Price and this iconic project, produced by Grammy Award-winner Fred Foster, abound. The Grand Ole Opry saluted Ray with performances by The Oak Ridge Boys, Chris Janson, Lynn Anderson, Larry Gatlin and Mary Sarah; Tennessee Governor Jimmy Haslam issued a Proclamation for Beauty Is …; Nashville’s Mayor Karl Dean issued a Certificate of Recognition, while the Mayor of Tullahoma, TN declared December 4 Janie Price Day. The Ameripolitan Music Awards in Austin, TX bestowed the Master Award to the singer in February.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is going through some strategic changes with plans to open three new locations in College Station,TX; Lansing, MI; and Phoenix, AZ in the first quarter. The announcement comes as the restaurant’s parent company, Boomtown Entertainment, closed locations in Houston, TX; Folsom, CA; and Newport News, VA, over the holiday as part of a restructuring. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill currently operates in 14 cities.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have sold 131 acres of their 750-acre farm in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, for $3 million, the Tennessean reported Friday. The new owners, Brian and Carin Terp of Houston, plan to build a home on the land. The remaining 621 acres are available for $18.5 million, or as separate 353-acre and 268-acre tracts for $10 million and $8.5 million, respectively, realtor Steve Fridrich told the newspaper. The 353-acre track includes a log home, 12-stall barn and caretaker residence. The 268 acres includes an antebellum home. Tim and Faith purchased all 750 acres 13 years ago for $13.75 million and used the farm as a second home before putting it up for sale last year, according to The Tennessean. Fridrich noted that while “the owners would’ve liked to sell it as one…the demand seems to be stronger from something smaller than 750 acres.”
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
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The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. -Psalm 145:20
“We love Him because He first loved us. -1 John 4:19 nkjv”
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