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Lorraine and Eddy Raven making "I Got Mexico" video

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Lorraine and band with The Kentucky Headhunters

the day they shot their video for "Runnin' Water"
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Lorraine and Jim Ed Brown doing vocals on "You Can Have Her".

This was prior to Jim Ed beginning his cancer treatments.
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Lorraine with John Conlee in studio

getting ready to lay vocals
down on "Common Man"
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Lorraine and Lee Greenwood after

doing the vocals on his hit "Dixie Road"
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Lorraine listening to Marty sing his lines

at Skaggs Place Studio on "Boogie Grass Band"
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Some of the artist from Country Grass, who recorded

at Skaggs Place Studio for the "Country Grass" Project.

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  • August 5, 2017 at Lorraine’s Coffee House
  • October 28, 2017 at Lorraine’s Coffee House
“As I have been a jock for almost ever, I grabbed Eddy Ravens first. I wanted to see how he did with Bluegrass. All I can say is “Holy Smokes”. What a great CD. I have a bunch of listeners that are always interested in our older country done up bluegrass style. Well this CD has that and more. His country hits done bluegrass style are fantastic!!! And I really like cuts 1, 2, 3, and 12.” “As an “old” deejay still hangin’ on, I was a huge fan of Eddy Raven. So lets talk about All Grassed Up. I always check to see who wrote the music because certain writers have certain styles. Eddy Raven is a master of getting the right “hook” into a song. For instance, one of the greatest hooks in any song was from his song, Thinking it Over. It catches you no matter what side of the event you are on…..I’ve been thinkin’ it over, and you’re all over me. Means one thing to him and something different for her. I know it is not on the CD, but it IS Eddy Raven. From the song, Island…”I might sail forever and never find that Island again.” Was there a physical island or was it some other place filled with love and peace. Again, it IS Eddy Raven. And one more that most all of us, especially as we grow older, can actually feel is from Thank God for Kids. “Thank God there’s magic for a while’. Think about it. As far as the CD goes, All Grassed Up is definitely a “hook” in a great song. Some folks might think it means one thing and others think it means something else. Which is it? Doesn’t matter. It IS Eddy Raven. Ok, other thoughts on that CD. I love Good Morning Country Rain, but the whole CD is fantastic.” –Dick Deno / WWIS Radio
“I was an Eddy Raven fan back in my country radio days so it’s been fun hearing his and Lorraine’s bluegrass updates to his songs.” –Gene Skinner / Great Stuff Radio
“I do like Eddy Raven and have missed hearing from him for some time. I was surprised to hear he had a bluegrass album!! I just don’t think he should mix his gulf coast/cajun sound with grass. Bayou Boys and Island, etc. just don’t work on my shows. But those songs are on my iPad from the original album ‘Temporary Sanity’. Maybe younger folks don’t know about Eddy, and thus will find these songs on a bluegrass album just fine. ‘Too Wet to Plow’ is great, as is the title track.”–John Roths / KEOS
“I was pleasantly surprised with Eddie Raven’s All Grassed Up. I’ve played It on my main live show for at least two weeks now. I also voted it high on my BU ballot. Incidentally back in the early 1990’s I was the emcee at Tombstone Junction Music & Theme Park and had the pleasure of working with Eddie. I’ll try to find a pic and email it this weekend.”-Jadon Gibson / Gibson Productions
“Eddy Ravens new CD is a great CD, with All Grassed Up being the most popular track, I charted it at number 4 on my Bluegrass Unlimited Top Ten chart for next month, I think this could be a number 1 for Eddy, giving all songs airplay.”-John Brown / WJFC
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CRS Lunch Group Shot

Lorraine Jordan joined Webster Public Relations at their Legendary Lunch to help kick-off Country Radio Seminar at The Palms, where music legends from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s came together with program directors from various country stations for great stories, great laughter & great food!

 

SUN JOURNAL, NCLocal bluegrass star gathers acclaim for years on the road

“Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road have the best live show for bluegrass on stage
right now. The smoothest vocals, the tighest instruments and the most entertaining
stage show. They do all this and keep it traditional with a fresh approach.”

– Col Thomas Taylor – www.musicmixcentral.com

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As songwriter and performer, Louisiana-born Eddy Raven (Futch on his birth certificate) has recorded in a variety of styles over the course of his long life. He is best known, though, for a string of country hits in the 1980s. In those days I was listening to country radio — it still had something to offer the discerning listener — and just about every Raven release was a treat. The songs were solid, and his easy baritone, adept at telling ordinary-guy stories, was always welcome in the ear.

On All Grassed Up he has what — as far as I know — is his first bluegrass release. I confess I had never thought of “Eddy Raven” and “bluegrass” at the same moment or (till now) placed them in the same sentence. I certainly would not have associated him with Lorraine Jordan’s excellent trad-grass outfit, Carolina Road (see my review in this space on 31 August 2013). It proves a happy pairing, this marriage of Raven’s country soul and Carolina Road’s bluegrass muscle.

This sort of thing doesn’t always work, however logical it may seem on paper. A genre with its own requirements, bluegrass is not really a form of country but an entity onto itself. Often, even listenable would-be ‘grass outings by seasoned honkytonkers (e.g., Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson) turn out to be neither fish nor fowl, but more like hybrid curiosities.

Make no mistake: this is bluegrass of a high order. If the opener and title tune, a Raven original (with David Stewart), is any clue, Raven knows the music. He name-drops Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs. Of course, anybody can have heard of these giants. The proof is in the doing, and Raven does it as if he’s been doing it forever.

It helps that the songs, mostly Raven’s (sometimes co-written), are consistently worthy, more so than on a typical bluegrass disc, on which too much material can feel like little more than an exercise in picking and harmonizing. Those who know Raven’s work will recognize old friends decked out in grassy duds, notably “Good Morning, Country Rain,” “Who Do You Know in California,” “I Should Have Called” and “I Got Mexico.” The one cut to step outside a strict bluegrass format, the folkish “Island,” draws Kenneth Barrier’s Hawaiian lap steel into a memorably lovely arrangement.

Let me put it this way: I’m already hoping for a sequel. – Ethan Burkhardt

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