Southern style: Pat Boone and Ray Stevens have a brand some brand new adventures ahead

tsj column writers - southern styleBy Randall Franks

Pat Boone is expanding his horizons by recording his first ever R&B album. And not one to do things in a small way, he was thrilled to work with some of the genre’s biggest superstars of all time! He has powerful duets with James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Four Tops, and KC & The Sunshine Band plus members of Kool & the Gang, and Sister Sledge and even Hip Hop legend Kool Moe Dee. By joining with Cleopatra Records, this stunning album now has national distribution is available to his legion of fans worldwide.

Singer, songwriter, entertainer and comedian Ray Stevens will soon add national television talk show host to his career highlights. The Grammy Award-winning comedy and country music legend announced the premiere of Ray Stevens’ Nashville, a regular/weekly 30-minute music show debuting on RFD-TV on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 Eastern.

“I’m so excited about my new show on RFD-TV!” Stevens said. “It’s music from some of Nashville’s best writers, artists and musicians and it’s full of comedy. Hey, music and comedy… it’s what I do and I’m having a ball doing it!”

From the heart of Nashville at the legendary funnyman’s Music Row television studio, Ray Stevens’ Nashville will spotlight some of country music’s most well-known singers and songwriters. The first season will feature appearances and performances from many of Stevens’ friends including Larry Gatlin, Bobby Bare, Tanya Tucker, Lee Greenwood, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Steve Wariner, John Conlee, T.G. Sheppard and more.  

Of course, Ray Stevens’ Nashville wouldn’t be complete without performances by the show’s iconic host. Throughout the show’s first season, Stevens, backed by his ace house band, will perform many of his classic hit songs including “Gitarzan,” “The Streak,” “Everything Is Beautiful,” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival” and more.

“I hope lots of folks tune in and watch,” he said. “This show is fun to do and I know it’s going to be fun to watch.  I get to perform with great musicians and recording artists and get to introduce America to a side of Nashville they may have never seen or known about.”

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