Why Country Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Stevens Is More Than Just ‘The Streak’ Guy

Why Country Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Stevens Is More Than Just ‘The Streak’ Guy
Just as the popular portrayal of Johnny Cash as a lawless hellraiser overlooks a nuanced man’s love of faith and family, painting 80-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ray Stevens as just a comedy act undercuts his decades of work as a producer, businessman and multi-Grammy-winning singer of serious country and gospel songs.

Stevens’ role as an ambassador for country music began as soon as the Atlanta-area native inked his first record deal in 1957. Beyond making a mark with “Ahab the Arab” and other early-career novelty sides, Stevens
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