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Collin Raye to perform April 5 in Jamestown

Collin Raye, a country music superstar with 16 No. 1 hits and 25 top 10 hits, celebrates his 25th anniversary in the music business with a stop Wednesday, April 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Thom Bresh is opening for Raye.

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Collin Raye will be performing Wednesday, April 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Thom Bresh will open for Raye. Proceeds benefit the James Valley Police Association.

Collin Raye, a country music superstar with 16 No. 1 hits and 25 top 10 hits, celebrates his 25th anniversary in the music business with a stop Wednesday, April 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Thom Bresh is opening for Raye.

The concert is a benefit for the James Valley Police Association. Jason Prochnow, a Jamestown police officer and association member, said the concert will help the group with its projects throughout the year.

“This money will help with our Cops and Kids program and the other things we do,” he said.

Raye’s first No. 1 hit was “Love, Me,” in 1991. He went on to write and perform “My Kind of Girl,” “I Can Still Feel You,” “Little Rock” and “That’s My Story.”

Raye has also released 13 albums. Raye said he and his band are releasing an album that will probably be available by May 1.

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Raye said this tour marks 25 years since he had his first No. 1 hit. He said he and his band tour so often, usually they are performing 12 months a year, that it is hard to tell when an old tour ends and a new one begins.

“Well, we’ve been rolling for a while,” he said. “It’s so weird with me, when you begin touring, you never really stop.”

Raye said on this tour he will play a piece of each hit song. He said on past tours he usually settles in on playing a few of his hit songs.

“It will be fun to remind people how many hits we’ve had over the years,” he said.

He said he recut all 25 of his top 10 hit songs, made them new, and has put three bonus tracks on the album.

“We made better versions of them (Raye’s hit songs),” he said. “The songs were all done in the same keys, in their same arrangements, we just added some flair here and there to make them sound fresh.”

Raye said he owns the songs this time and the master tape and has a distribution deal. He said the new album is kind of a collector’s item as the album contains all of his hits.

As to coming to North Dakota, Raye said he has been here many times before and was glad to hear the weather may not be so bad.

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“I’ve been to North Dakota in the winter; I know it can be cold,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being there.”

colson@jamestownsun.com

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IF YOU GO
What: Collin Raye with Thom Bresh, a benefit for the James Valley Police Association When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave. NE, Jamestown Tickets: $36, available at the Civic Center box office and also at the door

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