Hall of Famer’s last studio project generates admiration

Ray Price / photo submitted

Ray Price / photo submitted

NASHVILLE (press release)—The last album of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, “Beauty Is… The Final Sessions,” continues to generate praise from fellow artists, the media and legions of fans. The disc features duets with Vince Gill and Martina McBride and both artists were honored to participate in the project.

Gill, who traded lines with Price on “Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder,” recently told Rolling Stone, “Ray was one of those guys who never lost a step with his voice, even well into the end of his life he was still singing great. You can hear that on the record. It’s not manipulated, it’s the real deal. Very few singers keep their voice intact like that their whole life.”

Martina admits to a being flattered by the invitation to sing with the Country legend. “I was so honored and surprised to be asked to sing with him,” she recalls. “Ray carried himself so well and still had this amazing voice. That’s the voice that we all loved.” McBride and Price made magic on “An Affair to Remember.”

Even artists who didn’t participate in the history-making recording are praising the album. Merle Haggard, who recorded previously with Price, sums up his thoughts on Price and the disc saying: “Excellence personified from the beginning to the end.”

Lynn Anderson calls the album, “A fitting encore for those of us who want more from the Tony Bennett of Country Music.”

Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel fame calls Beauty Is “an amazing record.” He adds, “Ray was one of my musical heroes and it’s so wonderful to hear his voice again. He proved that we can get better with age.”

Duncan Warwick wrote in Country Music People, “I can’t imagine liking another album more this year and I’m not just saying that because it’s Ray Price. It’s one of the most moving listening experiences I can ever remember.”

Released on Amerimonte Records, this iconic project is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations as well as Hastings, Walmart and online retailers including Amazon.

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