Singer Ray Price's Condition Improving-Recent Concert Video

Thursday, 16 May 2013 06:48 AM Written by 

 

Ray Price

An updated Facebook posting by country legend Ray Price's wife Janie indicates the singer is improving after a recent bout with dehydration, tied to his treatments for pancreatic cancer.   Since announcing his illness last November, the 87 year old vocalist, has resumed performing with his Cherokee Cowboys, and remained healthy enough to briefly duke it out with Blake Shelton over Shelton's ill-phrased, if misinterpreted "old fart" comments, which ended with a friendly meeting at a Price concert between the singer and Shelton, who attended with wife Miranda Lambert.

Price has been a road warrior since he first left Texas in 1951 to join Hank Williams, Sr. as his opening act, and has more or less remained on the road ever since.  Despite past controversies over his switch from the fiddle-and-steel honky tonk that made him famous to slick, orchestrated country-pop, Price has integrated both sounds into his stage shows with a revamped version of his legendary Cherokee Cowboys band able to play both styles, honky tonk and the later things, superbly He's also recorded some excellent solo albums showing his voice in amazingly good shape.  So do the clips below

The 2009 video below show Price without the Cherokee Cowboys, indulging his love of the Great American Songbook and his Tony Bennett side (he always loved pop music as much as country) with a very swinging big band, with some other favorites, like his 1970 hit "For the Good Times" (a Kris Kristofferson ballad) thrown in alone with Jimmy Dean's first hit single: "Bummin' Around."

And there's this, even more amazing clip from a May 3 concert at Gruene Hall in Texas.  This is a seriously ill man, who until his hospitalization last week was performing with the same grace and still-strong voice he had decades ago.  He's singing a medley of two of his 50's honky-tonkers: "Crazy Arms" and "Heartaches By The Number."

 

 

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