The Rocks Off Interview: Country Legend and Animal Lover Ray Price
RP: Well I'm not really aware of new artists because I'm not into the young acts in the business right now. My head is turned in a different direction right now. But I like my big buddy (Floyd Tillman), he's dead now, he wrote "Slipping Around."
RO: Do you like the town better now or the way it was back then?
RP: I hate to say it, but I'm a country boy. I'm not really into big towns. Town is great but it's a little too crowded for me. I come from a farm family and I live on a farm right now. I lived in Dallas several years, and it's great too, but it's gone the way of the big city. It's a little hectic. When you crowd a lot of people together sometimes it brings out the animal in mankind.
RO: So the show in Conroe will only be your second Christmas show you've ever done.
RP - Yeah they want me to sing some of the Christmas songs that I've got. And I agreed to do the songs off of [my Christmas album]. I don't know if you'd call it a Christmas show per se. They're good songs and I like to sing them.
It's something I haven't done before. I'm proud to do them now. I'm trying to slip them in with my regular show. That way I know I'm not offending anybody or hurting anybody's feelings, because I believe in Christmas, still.
RO: So do I, and I'm excited about seeing your show.
RP: Well I hope after it's all over you still feel that way! (laughs)
RO: Do you know the names of all eight of your dogs?
RP: Well, I'd have to think about that (laughs). We've always loved animals. We especially love dogs. My dogs are dogs that non-caring people have driven out into the country and set their loving pet out by the side of the road and driven off.
Certain times we get them and it takes them a while to get over it because it really hurts them. People don't know what it does to them, but I do. And it takes them along time to get over it, but when they finally realize that it's all gone behind them, then they come around and they're happy and they're your dog. That's the way it is. Every dog is a good dog if you treat him right.
RO: I got my dog at the pound also. I hope that people who read this will go to the pound and rescue a dog for Christmas.
RP: That's where it's at. Otherwise they don't have a ghost of a chance. When they pick them up at the pound, within three days they're gone. It's a shame. They take the only thing they've got away from them, their life.
People are too selfish to think about anything else but themselves. But I'll tell you what, they are a great Christmas present. You go get you a good dog and he'll just entertain the dickens out of you. Or cats, if you like cats. A dog is entertaining company for you.
Ray Price performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, at the Crighton Theater, 234 N. Main, Conroe, www.crightontheater.org and at Stafford Centre in Stafford Saturday, January 12. To to adopt a pet, see www.pupsquad.org, and tell them Ray Price sent you.