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Collin Raye goes home again

Monday, May 5, 2008 – Collin Raye will show that you can go home again, and once again it's for charity. Raye will return to his hometown of DeQueen, Ark. June 18-20 for the 8th Annual Collinfest, a three-day charity event.

On Wednesday, June 18, Collinfest will kick-off the event with a Fan Club Party and then on the 19th there will be a 5-hour bus tour which highlights locations that are important to Raye and his career, followed by the Colgate Country Showdown later that evening. Other events include a brunch and golf tournament. The grand finale will be the Collinfest Concert that features Raye, along with special guests Rebecca Lynn Howard, Emerson Drive and MC Teddy Gentry of the band Alabama.

Raye recently moved from his home outside of Dallas to Salt Lake City along with his two children and his two grandchildren, Haley and Maddie. Both granddaughters are featured in Raye's current video, "Quitters," that is airing on CMT and GAC. Haley was born with a degenerative brain disease, and Raye is currently setting up a charity, Haley's Helpers, that will provide an outlet of support to other children with similar health conditions.

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Can't Back Down
Collin Raye may be committed to not backing down, but he seemingly has never seen a big empty gesture he didn't like. Or so the evidence from this new release suggests. "End of the World," for example, suggests that the very elements themselves would disintegrate into a ball of nothingness if his girl ever left him. And while such a plot line might make for an eye-catching big budget Hollywood movie, such grandness doesn't work well at all for good country music. Country music's best perspective »»»
Tracks
Rev up the guitars and love potion, and you have another in a line of Collin Raye albums likely to light up the radio station airwaves, but not leave a lasting stamp. Raye aims for a Big Sound from the get go with blazing guitars and pounding drums being pounded on the lead-off lyrically silly "She's All That," which Raye wrote with brother Scott. And the love quotient is awfully high with song titles saying it all - "I Want to Be There," Completely," "You Will Always Be Mind and "You Still Take Me there. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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