Country Legend Ray Price Takes on Blake Shelton Via Facebook

In 2012, Ray Price celebrated the 60th anniversary of his first hit, the start of a career that would bring him a total of 82 top 40 hits on the country chart.

Today, at the age of 87, Ray is still active recording and touring and has embraced social media with regular postings to his Facebook account. That is where he decided to take on arguably the biggest male star in country music today, Blake Shelton.

On GAC's Backstory, Shelton made the following comment about classic country music:
If I am “Male Vocalist of the Year” that must mean that I’m one of those people now that gets to decide if it moves forward and if it moves on. Country music has to evolve in order to survive. Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.
Shelton is well known for his comedy posts on Twitter but there was nothing that would indicate that he was kidding in that statement and Price has taken a dim view.

On Thursday, Price went on his Facebook account and posted the following retort:
It's a shame that I have spend 63 years in this business trying to introduce music to a larger audience and to make it easier for the younger artists who are coming behind me. Every now and then some young artist will record a rock and roll type song , have a hit first time out with kids only. This is why you see stars come with a few hits only and then just fade away believing they are God's answer to the world. This guy sounds like in his own mind that his head is so large no hat ever made will fit him. Stupidity Reigns Supreme!!!!!!! Ray Price (CHIEF "OLD FART" & JACKASS") " P.S. YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY AS US OLD-TIMERS. CHECK BACK IN 63 YEARS (THE YEAR 2075) AND LET US KNOW HOW YOUR NAME AND YOUR MUSIC WILL BE REMEMBERED.
For comparison, Mr. Shelton has 25 top 40 country hits compared to Mr. Price's 82. Price's hits include For the Good Times (1970/#1 Country/#11 Pop), Crazy Arms (1956/#1 Country/#27 Pop), City Lights (1958/#1 Country/#71 Pop) and I Won't Mention It Again (1971/#1 Country/#42 Pop).

4 comments

Dill Gray said...

I agree with ray price well said ray

Anonymous said...

A good comment on the Ray and Blake story.

Anonymous said...

Your an asshole Blake big mouth!

Anonymous said...

Come on Facebook,...REALLY? Nothing surprises me anymore though. People being arrogant to legends, then put in there place, then someone that has nothing to do with it stepping in and getting involved. Just to prove what? Taking sides perhaps? Grow up FB!!

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