Boogity Boogity: A Tribute to the Comic Genius of Ray Stevens

Boogity Boogity: A Tribute to the Comic Genius of Ray Stevens

by Cledus T. JuddCledus T. Judd


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As strange as it is to see Cledus T. Judd as a post-Celebrity Fit Club stud muffin on the cover of Boogity Boogity, the motivation and execution of this tribute to "the comic genius of Ray Stevens" is much stranger. Cledus recorded his tribute a bit before a reality television fitness show turned him to just about the hottest man ever to record a novelty tune, back when he was at Koch Nashville, which went belly up. Cledus held onto the album as he searched for a label, then when he signed with Curb and announced a guest list that had country star power all over it, it sure seemed like Boogity was going to be a very important and grand album for country comedy, because really, nothing in the genre before had this combination of reverence and Vince Gill. Boogity has Vince Gill, and it has plenty of reverence, too, plus a heaping helping of obsession. Cledus loves the work of Ray Stevens, there's no doubting that, but he chooses to re-create dated material like "The Streak" and "Gitarzan" so faithfully that it's eerie, and there's a reason albums filled with novelty songs are rarely eerie. Stevens' delivery, the trio of female backup singers he always preferred, the canned laughter he dropped on his songs, and even the flatter production soundscape that was just the way it was when these songs were hits are re-created faithfully, admirably, and with no clues as to why one shouldn't just go listen to the originals. This isn't always the case, since the all-star cast on "Everything Is Beautiful" offers a unique -- and moving -- touch, while the timeless question "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex?" is delivered with enough kick that it does sound like it came from the age of Kenny Chesney. These moments are truly good times, and when Cledus chases the mythical Margaret it's pretty darn funny. While true Stevens or Cledus fans will find that more than enough, most will find this labor of love has nothing new to say about men running around naked, apes that play the six-string, or Shriners named Bubba.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187899322
catalogNumber: 78993
Rank: 123464

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cledus T. Judd   Primary Artist
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Banjo,Harmonica
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
David Hungate   Bass,Trombone
John Jarvis   Piano
Paul Leim   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Sharon Shelton   Children's Chorus
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Trace Adkins   Vocals
Paul Hogan   Children's Chorus
Keith Urban   Guitar
Chuck Rhodes   Human Whistle
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Jacob Kinslow   Children's Chorus
Abbie Page   Children's Chorus
Grace Sturgeon   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Composer
Joe Diffie   Contributor
Ray Stevens   Composer,Contributor
Michael English   Contributor
Chris Clark   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Effect
Dobie Gray   Contributor
Erroll Garner   Composer
Margaret Archer   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Contributor
Paul Craft   Composer
Vince Gill   Contributor
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Cledus T. Judd   Sound Effects,Producer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Julie Roberts   Contributor
Chuck Rhodes   Executive Producer
Bill Everette   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
J.C. Monterrosa   Engineer
John Stinson   Engineer

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