Classic country artist Eddy Raven, 68, gave Portfest fans an over-flowing portion of the hits that made him famous, Saturday, June 8 at Jacksonport State Park.
Raven, who is from Lafayette, Louisiana, opened with “Shine, Shine,Shine,” one of his number one songs. He has ben recording since 1962.
During his banter with the crowd, Raven said a lot of his songs made it big not just in the United States but also in Europe and Canada. He used “I’m Gonna Get You” as an example of one of those worldly songs. It has a nice Cajun feel to it. Another one that did well outside the U.S. was “I Got Mexico.” He said it did real well in Germany.
Raven introduced his hit “Thank God For Kids,” by saying it was the most important song of his career. It was recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Chesney and John Rich. Raven said he is one of 10 kids and they had 11 dogs.
George Jones’ name was brought up by Raven, who said he was a real neat guy in country music. He played “I Should Have Called” and dedicated it to Jones.
A young girl approached Raven in the middle of his set and asked if he could play Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl Shake It For Me.” He said he didn’t know it but would sing it if he did. Raven joked that he barely knew the words to his own songs but if he ever forgets lines from them he just fills them in with other words. He tells his wife when this happens, it becomes an edited version. He has the power to change the songs because he wrote them, he said.
Raven, like all good country artists spent time near his merchandise tent signing autographs and posing for pictures with his fans. He also had his own Eddy Raven Hot Sauce for sale.
Eddy Raven’s Setlist for Portfest
Shine, Shine, Shine
Letter to You
I’m Gonna Get You
Joe Knows How To Live
The Right Hand Man
Should Have Ben Gone By Now
I Got Mexico
Thank God For Kids
I Should Have Called
Who Do You Know In California
You’re Playing Hard To Forget
Sometimes A Lady
Blue Cajun Moon
The House of the Rising Sun(from The Animals)