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Ray Price to Be Honored With Opry Classics Show

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Ray Price’s last album, ‘Beauty Is…,’ which was recorded in 2012, one year before he passed away, will be released on April 15. Now, the country music legend will also be recognized with a special tribute by some of country music’s biggest stars.

Lynn Anderson, Larry Gatlin, the Oak Ridge Boys, Chris Janson and newcomer Mary Sarah will honor Price by singing some of his biggest hits, as well as sharing their own recollections of the singer, on April 17, as part of the Opry Country Classics series at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

“’Beauty Is…’ is a fitting encore for those of us who want more from the Tony Bennett of country music,” Anderson says. “These are truly timeless songs sung by the best. Thanks for the good times, Ray.”

Acclaimed producer Fred Foster recorded Price’s final project, and he says the Country Music Hall of Fame member knew it was going to be his farewell to his fans.

“He called me in 2012 and said, ‘I think I have one album left in me; I’m not well, you know,’” Foster recalls. “He said, ‘I want to do one last one, and I want you to do it with me.’ The whole time we were working together, his state of mind was always really good. You would never know how sick he was to talk to him.”

‘Beauty Is…’ includes two duets with Vince Gill, as well as one with Martina McBride. A three-song EP was released earlier this month, and includes three songs from the upcoming record. Purchase the EP here, and pre-order the entire album here.

Tickets for the April 17 show are available for purchase here.

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