Eddy Raven

Eddy Raven’s style of music is rich in lyrical imagery and strong in roots. He has been writing and playing a mixture of Rock, Country, Cajun and Blues since he was a Louisiana teenager. In fact his first single release for the Georgia based Cosmo label “Once A Fool” was one of his own compositions.

He gained a huge all around music biz knowledge at Lafayette’s La Louisianne label, selling records and working in the facilities sound studios. It was there that Raven first met and worked with great regional stars such as Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Dale and Grace (“I’m Leaving It All Up To You”) and John Fred and the Playboy band. The great Bobby Charles (“Walking to New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator”) lived only a few miles away. He cut one of Eddy’s songs and became something of a writing mentor to the young writer/artist.

La Louisanne added Eddy to its roster and released his “That Cajun Country Sound.” This release led Opry star Jimmy C. Newman to invite Raven to Nashville. Acuff Rose signed the young man as a staff writer and he went back to Louisiana determined to write a hit song. He met that goal writing “Country Green” and “Touch The Morning” for Don Gibson and “Good Morning Country Rain” for Jeannie C. Riley. With the encouragement of Acuff Rose’s Don Grant, Eddy made the move to Nashville to pursue his music career full time. Once in Nashville, Eddy continued writing songs for other artists such as Roy Orbison, Walon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Chris LeDoux, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Johnny Cash, Lynn Anderson, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Moe Bandy, Brenda Lee, and many more.

When Don Gant moved to ABC Records he signed Raven as an artist. What followed was a string of charted songs which didn’t bring him stardom, but made him an interesting prospect to fans and labels alike. Five years later he signed with Elektra Records and cut the breakthrough song “I Should’ve Called.” Just to prove that was no fluke, Raven followed with “Who Do You Know In California,” which established him as a stylist of note.

Eddy started his own publishing company and kept writing songs for himself as well as others. In 1982 his “Thank God For Kids” became a monumental hit for The Oak Ridge Boys, giving him financial breathing room and the opportunity to stretch a little in his own work. The following year, after signing with RCA, Eddy wrote and co-produced his first #1, “I’ve Got Mexico.” It was the first in a long line of hits!

Eddy’s attention to quality has consistently paid off. He’s been at the top of the charts with music that has often defied classification and was never run-of-the-mill. This is an artist who, without sacrificing any musical integrity, has had 8 No. 1 songs. Even his Songs that did not hit No. 1 went on to become Country classics. In short he has 30 ASCAP songwriting awards, 8 No. 1’s, 14 Top 10’s, 23 Top 100’s, and 24 Albums to his credit.

Country’s Family Reunion Honky Tonk
Episode 10 Featuring Eddy Raven
Honky Tonk Episode 1
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