It was just last week that I was recalling to someone my memory of my Ray Price experience from a number of years ago. I looked up to see if Mr. Price was still alive, and was glad to see he was. I read today that the world lost him yesterday.
In 2003, I was a stagehand and lighting designer/operator working at an area casino. I knew that he was old, but that was about it. I didn’t really have any expectations of the two shows he was set to do, but it wasn’t long in to the first show that I knew I was experiencing something special.
Today I don’t recall a lot about the shows. What has stuck with me though is that he was 77 years old and still touring. If that weren’t enough, when I look back at all the performers who came through there, he outperformed a fair share of them, including some of the big name ones who were half his age.
I understand that even after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, he still wanted to do a hundred shows this year. I think that is amazing.
So here’s an encore for, and from, Mr. Price, recorded live from one of those shows in 2003.
For about the sixth or seventh year, I’ll be playing music before the fireworks in Kimberly at Sunset Park. If you haven’t been there before, it is a cozy atmosphere at the lower softball field along the river with the fireworks shot from the parking lot just outside the field.
Stop by and say hi if you like. Let me know you’re coming and I’ll save you a prime bleacher seat. You can also bring your own chairs if you’d rather sit a bit closer.
Music starting at 7.
Fireworks starting at dusk.