Ray Price is recovering from weekend heart surgery in a Houston hospital.

Ray Price is recovering from weekend heart surgery in a Houston hospital. After complaining of chest pains late last week, the veteran country artist underwent surgery on Saturday to remove a blockage in the main artery to his heart.

"Ray has come [through] the surgery just fine and will be better then ever," says Sandra Orwig, who has been updating Price's condition on his official fan club Web site. Price says he "feels better then he has in a long, long time," according to Orwig.

Price's itinerary had him heading back out on the road beginning Saturday (Oct. 2) in Fort Worth, Texas, with dates scheduled through the end of the year. It is unknown when he will return to performing.

The artist, who became a member of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1952, recently completed recording a new album, "My Old Friend." The covers set is said to be a tribute to legendary country music artists. A release date has not been announced for the album, which will be the follow-up to 2002's "Time" (Audium/Koch).

Price's most recent appearance on a Billboard chart came with last year's "Run That By Me One More Time," a Lost Highway duets album with Willie Nelson that debuted at No. 62 on the Country Albums tally. It was the second such album for the longtime friends; the first, "San Antonio Rose" (Columbia), was issued in 1980.

Fans are encouraged to send get-well wishes to Price at PO Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.