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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Collin Raye

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Collin Raye
By Kristi Kates
Socially-conscious, spiritually-minded, and firmly rooted in the American country music scene, Collin Raye has been crafting songs since early in his life and, as his latest album notes, “Never Going Back.”
He’ll bring songs from his new CD to his show at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Raye’s career began as a child, singing occasionally onstage with his mother Lois Wray, who worked as an opening act for a variety of Sun Records artists from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins. Later, a country-rock band project with his brother, Scott - called simply The Wray Brothers Band - took off in the state of Texas and saw several indie singles released.
By the time the band - then shortened to The Wrays - had disbanded in 1986, Collin Raye was ready to make a go of it on his own, and signed with Epic Records in 1990. Since then, he’s had four albums hit platinum status in the U.S. (selling one million copies each), and snagged several Top Ten country music hit records. Country ballads are Raye’s main appeal to fans, as evidenced by several of his songs being popular among the country-western crowd for big events such as weddings.
His latest album, Never Going Back, was recorded in the southern U.S., and the recording locale hit a magical chord for the country performer.

NEVER GOING BACK
“Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the place where Never Going Back was recorded,” Raye says. “That’s where The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many other great recording artists have recorded many famous albums in the day. Just being in that place was magical for me - so much rich history in those walls. It’s overwhelming when you think about all the great records that came out of that place. Again, the word that comes to mind about that place is magical.”
Recorded with Raye’s longtime friend Michael Curtis on production duties, Raye says that he appreciates “all kinds of musical expression,” and explains that he’s a fan of “music, period - I can appreciate most kinds of musical expression if it comes from the heart” when asked about his musical inspirations for the record.
Another new album is already being rumbled about, although nothing’s confirmed just yet. “I’m always working on new music, ideas and ways to do things,” Raye says. “some new music is in the works as we speak, but I simply can’t say a whole lot about it at this time - but stay tuned. You can stay current with us at my website, www.collinraye.com, and we also have a free iPhone app now, where you can get the latest updates.”

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
One thing’s for sure, though - Raye’s fans can look forward to seeing him on stage and on the road often; the man rarely stops moving.
“We always tour,” Raye confirms, “we go out and work a few days, then go home a few days. Once in a while we put together a run and stay on the road for a week or two at a time, but overall the job never ends.”
Raye’s shows are known for his attention to his fans, even down to allowing them to “choose,” to a degree, the set lists for the concerts he plays while on tour.
“I always play the hits, and I try to fill as many requests as I can that are shouted out at my shows,” Raye says. “it has always been important to me to play the songs the fans want to hear.”
For his Boyne City show this Saturday, Raye will be putting on an acoustic show, which he says he enjoys because of the less arena-like atmosphere.
“The acoustic shows are always fun for me, because we can get up close and personal with the fans,” Raye says. “These shows are always fun.”
There may be a few twists to the show, as well - but Raye’s not spilling any of the details ahead of time.
“Well, I do not foresee having special guests at this show - however we always pull something out of the hat,” he smiles, “but if I tell you, it would not be a surprise.”

Collin Raye will be in concert at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 25 (two shows, at 4 pm and 7 pm), benefitting the Boyne City Firefighters. For tickets and more information, contact the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

 
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