If That Ain’t Country February 14, 2019 (Ray Sanders – Feelin’ Good Is Easy)

Ray Sanders - Feelin' Good Is Easy (Cover LP)
Ray Sanders - Feelin' Good Is Easy (Cover LP)

Ray Sanders – Feelin’ Good Is Easy

In this week’s episode, we’re featuring the first solo album from Kentucky-born Ray Sanders: Feelin’ Good Is Easy (1969). During his college years at Texas Western in El Paso, Sanders began working for radio station KHEY and picked up personal appearances around the Southwest. He must have done all right too, because in 1959 he was recruited by Ray Price to lead The Cherokee Cowboys and to sing harmonies with Price himself. Ray Sanders was with The Master until 1961 or ’62, during which time he was on several hit Price records. After his stint with The Cherokee Cowboys, he went solo and released a myriad of singles without a huge amount of success until ’69 and Feelin’ Good Is Easy. The album’s quality saw him take home “New Male Artist Of The Year” at the ACM’s at that time, and the stage seemed set for this hard country stylist to hit the big time. However the big time never really happened for Ray Sanders – after 1970 and years of minor hit making on labels including Imperial, Republic and Hillside, Sanders settled into the California club circuit, then moved to Honolulu and partial retirement. Our feature album, though, demonstrates the honky tonk quality of Ray Sanders output at his peak – highlights include two early Red Steagall cuts in Lonely Eyes and Beer Drinkin’ Music, a faithful rendition of Charlie Walker’s Who Will Buy The Wine and the buckle-rubber Gotta Find A Way. Solid material.

HOUR 1:

1. Ray Sanders – Your Sweet Love Is Keeping Me In Line (1969)
2. Acoustic Blue – Six Feet Under The Ground (2011)
3. Bill Anderson & Jan Howard – Tell It Like It Was (1969)
4. YOUTUBE REFLECTIONS: Mark Chesnutt – Too Cold At Home (1990)
5. Ken Holloway – I Don’t Care Where You Dig That Hole (1997)
6. Ken Holloway – Amazing Grace (1997)
7. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Meanest Jukebox In Town (2010)
8. Hank Penny – I Want My Rib (1951)
9. JD Crowe & The New South – Will You Be Lonesome Too (1979)
10. Roy Drusky – Long Long Texas Road (1969)
BUMPER: Buck Owens – Orange Blossom Special
11. Joe Carson – Love Transfusion (1956)
12. Ray Sanders – Lonely Eyes (1969)
13. Ray Sanders – Beer Drinkin’ Music (1969)
14. Rocky King Band – Dark Lighted Barrooms (2015)
15. Lance Miller – Rough Around The Edges (2004)
16. The Whites – Hangin’ Around (1983)
17. The Whites – When The New Wears Off Our Love (1983)

HOUR 2:

1. Kenny Price – Poverty (1971)
2. AUSSIE INJECTION: Chad Morgan – Pretty Womanitis (1960s)
3. AUSSIE INJECTION: Tom Maxwell – Itchy Feet (1997)
4. Conway Twitty – A Simple Country Girl (1974)
5. Hank Snow – The Gold Rush Is Over (1951)
6. Ray Sanders – Waikiki Sand (1969)
7. Ray Sanders – Who Will Buy The Wine (1969)
8. Cal Smith – Son Run To The Spring (1976)
9. Melba Montgomery – My Feel Good Sure Feels Fine (1974)
10. Lynn Anderson – Take Me Home (1969)
11. Rayburn Anthony – My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (2009)
BUMPER: Bob Wills – San Antonio Rose
12. Tim Atwood – Under Your Spell Again (2018)
13. COUNTRY COVERS: Buck Owens – You’re Welcome Anytime (1964)
14. COUNTRY COVERS: Curtis Potter – I Can’t Make It Without You (And A Drink Or Two) (2001)
15. COUNTRY COVERS: Jody Nix – One More Rose (2010)
16. SHOT OF STEEL: Ricky Skaggs – Rendezvous (1984)
17. Ray Sanders – Honky Tonk Man (1969)
18. Ray Price – The Same Old Me (1959)

HOUR 3: If That Ain’t Country’s Year In Country Music – 1997

1. George Strait – King Of The Mountain
2. Billy Yates – Long Neck Connected To The Beer Joint
3. John Anderson – South Moon Under
4. Wayne Hancock – That’s What Daddy Wants
5. Brooks & Dunn – Honky Tonk Truth
6. Stoney Edwards – A Two Dollar Toy (1970)
7. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – The Glory-Land Way
8. Dale Watson – Hair Of The Dog
9. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Blue Trail Of Sorrow
10. Tracy Byrd – Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
BUMPER: Buck Owens – Orange Blossom Special
11. Lee Ann Womack – Buckaroo
12. Iris Dement – Hobo Bill’s Last Ride
13. David Ball – Miss The Mississippi And You
14. Tom T. Hall – Waiting On The Other Shoe To Fall
15. Tanya Tucker – I Don’t Believe That’s How You Feel
16. Alan Jackson – There Goes