Surely You Joust was Ray Stevens' twenty-third studio album and his third for MCA Records. The album's front cover shows Stevens disguised as a medieval knight with a horse standing next to him. The album's back cover shows Stevens in the same costume but in a junk pile with two junk men. Three singles were lifted from the album: "Southern Air" (featuring Jerry Clower and Minnie Pearl, whom Ray says are his "good friends"), "People's Court," and "Can He Love You Half as Much as I," the last of which did not chart.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Southern Air" (Special guest appearances by Jerry Clower and Minnie Pearl) Brent Holmes, Stuart Dill 5:25
2. "People's Court"   C.W. Kalb, Jr., David Slater, Jack White 4:43
3. "Bionie and the Robotics"   Stevens, Kalb 4:28
4. "Makin' the Best of a Bad Situation"   Dick Feller 2:56
5. "Fat"   Kalb 3:29
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can He Love You Half as Much as I"   Kalb 2:50
2. "Smokey Mountain Rattlesnake Retreat"   Kalb 3:21
3. "The Camping Trip"   Stevens, Kalb 5:50
4. "Camp Werthahekahwee"   Bobby Russell 3:53
5. "Dudley Dorite (Of the Highway Patrol)"   Kalb 4:35

Album credits[edit]Edit

Per liner notes.[1]

  • Milan Bogdan — mastering
  • Camille Engel Advertising — CD design
  • Slick Lawson — photography
  • Glenn Meadows — mastering
  • Stuart Keathley — engineering
  • Ray Stevens — production, arrangement
  • Mark Casstevens — rhythm guitar, banjo
  • Steve Gibson — electric guitar, Dobro, mandolin
  • Johnny Gimble — fiddle
  • Shane Keister — vocoder programming
  • Jerry Kroon — drums
  • Dennis Solee — saxophone
  • Ray Stevens — vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, trumpet
  • Jack Williams — bass
  • Norro Wilson — armpit sounds

Chart performance[edit]Edit


Chart (1986) Peak


U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 11


Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1986 "Southern Air" 63
1986 "People's Court" 70

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