Ray Hood

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Ray Hood
Years active1994–present
Associated actsDoug Stone

Ray Hood (born in Alabama[1]) is an American country music singer-songwriter. Hood co-wrote Doug Stone's 1994 top five single "Addicted to a Dollar."[2] Between 1996 and 2000, Hood charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] The highest-charting of the two, "Critical List," peaked at number 67 in 2000. It received a favorable review from Deborah Evans Price of Billboard, who wrote that "Hood has an impressive, barroom-seasoned baritone that works effectively on this uptempo number."[2] The follow-up single, "What's a Little More Water," also received a positive review from Price, who said that "all the elements are here–a stunning traditional country vocal, clean and crisp production, and a killer hook."[3]

His eponymous second album, released by Caption Records in October 2000, received a favorable review from Ray Waddell of Billboard, who wrote that "it's not often an artist comes along who can ease from heart-wrenching country ballads to gritty machismo so effortlessly and convincingly" and called the album "one of the most complete, solid country packages to come out of Nashville this year."[4] The album received a negative review from Tom Netherland of Country Standard Time, who said that "despite a strong baritone and Nashville's leading session men backing his dozen tracks, Hood simply veers too from the country fold."[5]



Title Album details
Back to Back Heartaches[6]
  • Release date: July 31, 1995
  • Label: Caption Records
Ray Hood
  • Release date: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Caption Records


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1995 "Teddy Bears in Oklahoma"[7] non-album song
1996 "Freedom" 73 Ray Hood
2000 "Critical List" 67
2001 "What's a Little More Water"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2000 "Critical List" Tom Bevins


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 193. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b Price, Deborah Evans (June 17, 2000). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (May 19, 2001). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Waddell, Ray (September 9, 2000). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Netherland, Tom. "Ray Hood review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Back to Back Heartaches". Allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Teddy Bears in Oklahoma". Allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2012.