Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens talks about his new comedy album ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Funny Anymore ‘
The Ray Stevens Country Music Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Angela Talley
Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about his new comedy album “Ain’t Nothin ‘Funny Anymore”, which will be released on Friday October 8 via Curb Records.
Stevens is affectionately known as the “King of the Musical” and for over six decades, he has made millions of people laugh through his hit singles and live performances.
The album “Ain’t Nothin ‘Funny Anymore”
Many of the comedy tunes from the new album apply to the news. “The Quarantine Song” is a track about basic living through COVID-19, while “Gas” tackles rising fuel costs and, of course, gas. There’s a song on “Disorder Down on the Border” and on “Dis-connected” Stevens sings about the woes of social media.
“The Player and the Octopus” is a bar tale about, you guessed it, a player and an octopus. With gorillas and monkeys, “CoCo Cabana Band” is reminiscent of Stevens’ classic hit, “Gitarzan”. It’s the story of a group of musical primates who settle into a juke joint in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Of the song selection process for the new album, Stevens said, “I approached it like I always have. I chose songs that I liked.
He listed the first single “Hoochie Coochie Dancer”, as well as “CoCo Cabana Band” and “The Gambler and the Octopus” as his favorite songs on the album. “They’re all good,” he admitted.
A 12-time Grammy-nominated and two-time Grammy award-winning artist, Stevens has passed through generations with over 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million-selling hit “The Streak” and his standard classic pop “Everything is beautiful”.
Throughout his respected career, Stevens has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. In 2018, the music legend opened his own entertainment venue in Nashville, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue where Stevens gives weekly concerts. “CabaRay is doing very well. We have had to close for almost two years due to the COVID situation, but we are slowly starting to reopen. We’re doing Saturdays right now, and as soon as that clears up a bit, we’ll add more dates, ”he said.
“Ultimately, I hope things will ease off,” he added of CabaRay’s show dates.
Regarding the key to longevity in the music business for all these decades, he said, “It’s just loving what you do, and I’ve always loved my job. In fact, I think I never had a job. I’m not ready to stop doing what I love to do.
For young and aspiring actors, he said, “Make sure you really want to do this. A lot of people go into the music business and they don’t know what it really is. I knew from day one that was what I wanted to do.
On his dream duo choices, he replied, “I’m a fan of a lot of artists and would love to have the opportunity to work with a lot of people.”
Regarding the title of the current chapter in his life, he jokingly said, “I have never titled my chapters and I have never divided my life into chapters. I’m going to have to sit down and do this whenever I get the chance.
The digital age
As an artist in the digital age, he said: “It is sometimes difficult to understand. It’s hard to get a handle on all of the things that are happening these days, but it’s progress, I guess, or change anyway. One thing is certain, everything will change.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Stevens is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame, and was officially inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the fall of 2019.
“Making the Country Music Hall of Fame was a great honor,” he said. “I am very honored to have been inducted.”
He defined the word success as “being happy with your life and being happy with yourself”. “If you can do it, then that’s the gist of what’s important,” he said.
“Ain’t Nothin ‘Funny Anymore” is available for preorder on digital service providers by click here. “I’ve always had a reputation for writing and recording comedy songs, and I still do. A good comedy song always fascinates me and I wanted to release another album and reconfirm this position, ”he concluded.
To learn more about the Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens, visit his official site.