Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens talks about his new comedy album ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Funny Anymore’

Nation Music Corridor of Famer Ray Stevens. Photograph Credit score: Angela Talley

Nation Music Corridor of Famer Ray Stevens chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his new comedy album “Ain’t Nothin’ Humorous Anymore,” which might be launched on Friday, October 8 through Curb Information.

Stevens is affectionately often called the “King of Comedy Music” and for over six a long time, he has introduced laughter to tens of millions due to his smash hit singles and dwell exhibits.

‘Ain’t Nothin’ Humorous Anymore’ album

A number of of the comedic tunes on the brand new album apply to present occasions. “The Quarantine Tune” is a monitor all about dwelling primary life via COVID-19, whereas “Fuel” tackles rising gas prices and naturally, flatulence. There’s a track about “Dysfunction Down on the Border” and on “Dis-connected” Stevens sings concerning the woes of social media.

“The Gambler and the Octopus” is a barroom story about, you guessed it, a gambler and an octopus. Full with gorillas and monkeys, “CoCo Cabana Band” is paying homage to Stevens’ basic hit, “Gitarzan.” It’s the story of a gaggle of ace musical primates who take up residence at a juke joint in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

On the track choice course of for the brand new album, Stevens mentioned, “I approached it the best way I’ve at all times accomplished. I picked some songs that I favored.”

He listed the primary single “Hoochie Coochie Dancer,” in addition to “CoCo Cabana Band” and “The Gambler and the Octopus” as his private favourite songs on the album. “They’re all good,” he admitted.

A 12-time Grammy-nominated and two-time Grammy award-winning artist, Stevens has spanned the generations with greater than 60 years of comedic musical expertise, together with songs equivalent to his multi-million promoting hit “The Streak” and his basic pop normal “Every part Is Lovely.”

CabaRay

All through his revered profession, Stevens has bought greater than 40 million albums worldwide. In 2018, the music legend opened his very personal Nashville leisure venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 sq. foot music venue the place Stevens performs weekly dwell live shows. “CabaRay goes nice. We needed to shut down for nearly two years due to the COVID scenario, however we’re slowly beginning to open again up. We’re doing Saturdays proper now, and as quickly because it lightens up somewhat bit, we are going to add some extra dates,” he mentioned.

“Finally, I hope that issues will loosen again up,” he added about CabaRay present dates.

Relating to the important thing to longevity within the music enterprise all of those a long time, he mentioned, “It’s simply liking what you do, and I’ve at all times beloved my job. As a matter of truth, I don’t assume I’ve ever had a job. I’m not able to cease doing what I love to do.”

For younger and aspiring actors, he mentioned, “Ensure that you actually need to do that. Lots of people get into the music enterprise and so they don’t know what it’s actually about. I knew from day one which that is what I wished to do.”

On his dream duet decisions, he responded, “I’m a fan of numerous artists on the market and I’d welcome the chance to work with fairly a couple of people.”

Relating to the title of the present chapter of his life, he mentioned jokingly, “I’ve by no means titled my chapters and I by no means divided my life into chapters. I should sit down and do this the primary probability I get.”

The digital age

On being an artist within the digital age, he mentioned, “It’s exhausting to know typically. It’s exhausting to get your arms round the entire issues which are occurring lately however that’s progress I assume or change anyway. One factor is for positive, every thing goes to vary.”

Nation Music Corridor of Fame

Stevens is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Corridor of Fame, the Georgia Music Corridor of Fame, has a star on the Music Metropolis Stroll of Fame, and was formally inducted into the celebrated Nation Music Corridor of Fame and Museum within the fall of 2019. 

“Making the Nation Music Corridor of Fame was an excellent honor,” he mentioned. “I’m very honored to have been inducted.”

He outlined the phrase success as “being glad along with your life and being pleased with your self.” “For those who can obtain that, then that’s the gist of what’s necessary,” he mentioned.

“Ain’t Nothin’ Humorous Anymore” is obtainable for preorder on digital service suppliers by clicking right here. “I’ve at all times had a repute for writing and recording comedy songs, and I’m nonetheless doing that. I nonetheless get a kick out of a superb comedy track and I wished to place out one other album and reconfirm that place,” he concluded.

To be taught extra about Nation Music Corridor of Famer Ray Stevens, go to his official web site.

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