UPDATED: Blake Meets With Ray Price - CW Exclusive

Mark Bickham

UPDATED: Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert were the welcome guests of Ray Price tonight at the country legend's show in Durant, Okla. The superstar couple met with Ray backstage and posed for photos prior to Ray's performance at the Choctaw Casino Resort. Later, Ray brought Blake onstage and warmly introduced him to the audience. Check back with Country Weekly later for exclusive photos!

Ray Price may have accepted Blake Shelton’s apology for the comments he made about traditional country music on an installment of GAC’s Backstory, but Blake, who tweeted how sorry he was to have upset one of his heroes, could take it one step further if he had some free time tonight. After all, according to his website, he doesn't have a show to play.

But as it turns out, Ray does. The country legend is performing this evening at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla.—just an hour from Blake’s home with wife Miranda Lambert in Tishomingo.

Ray originally took offense at Blake’s comments that seemed to suggest traditionalists were “old farts,” but later posted on his Facebook page that he had patched things up with Blake, an admitted disciple of classic country.

“I have accepted Blake Shelton’s apology to me personally. I think Blake is a fine young man with a big future in Country Music,” wrote Ray, who has recorded such hits as “For the Good Times” and “Crazy Arms.”

Blake later tweeted: “My love for Ray Price goes back to the first time I ever performed ‘Heartaches By The Number’ at Ken Lance Sports arena in Ada Ok. #19years”

Just think, if Blake were to pop up later in Durant, he could sing it again—with Ray by his side. And how cool would that be?

Look for more on Blake, Ray and the polarizing question of “What is country?” in the Feb. 25 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Feb. 18.

 

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