They dont make em like Ray Price anymore. Mostly because the raw materials are just all mined outits a grit-poor, gut-poor, honk-poor tonk-poor world, and you cant even get heartaches by the number anymore. (Instead, its heartaches by the kilobit-per-second.) Price came from the old hard times and howled hardwood-floor country classics like Crazy Arms, Heartaches by the Number, City Lights and more, and if you miss the way a 45 would add its own personal glow to a jukebox when a certain pedal-steel riff came on, well, Ray might just, too. Fans of Harlans, Haggards or any two or three of the principal Hanks will want to make sure theyre dressed to reminisce, and Price will play Buck Owens Crystal Palace the night after his OC stand if youd like to stand right in the light.
Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., 2009