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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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