It’s taken a few decades, but a popular comedy singer/songwriter from south of the border will make his Canadian stage debut Friday at Casino Rama.
“This’ll be my first time there,” said Ray Stevens. “I’m looking forward to it. I want to see how the Canadian people respond.”
The show — titled Here We Go Again, named after his latest album — will see Stevens perform a variety of songs ranging from comedy to political satire to serious.
“It’s mostly comedy, but there’s one political song in there that I’m gonna do. It’s one that’s struck a nerve about illegal immigration, called Come to the U.S.A.”
The album features songs such as Taylor Swift is Stalkin’ Me, Pickin’ on Chicken and There Must Be a Pill for This, as well as some of Stevens’s old songs.
He has won Grammy awards for his songs Everything is Beautiful and Misty and is well known for other songs such as Sunday Morning Coming Down and Gitarzan.
Even though this is his first time doing a concert in Canada, Stevens visited the country while standing in for Andy Williams on The Andy Williams Show while recording in Canada in the 1970s.
But he won’t have time to go sightseeing. His schedule is being eaten up by recording for his upcoming show, Ray Stevens’ Nashville, set to debut on U.S. cable TV in November.
“It’s Nashville through my eyes,” he said, explaining what the show will be about. “I’ve been here since ‘62, in the music business. I tell a bit about how Nashville got to be Music City.”
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