Ray Scott is a rare find in Country music today.
Ray’s songs captivate audiences through his honest, authentic lyrics, often punctuated with his signature wit and turn of a phrase. On his latest album, Ray Scott, the acclaimed Country storyteller is at the top of his game. Critics praise the album and it was no surprise when Rolling Stone Country placed the album’s first radio hit, “Drinkin’ Beer,” on their “Top 25 Country Songs of 2014” at number 18.
Ray’s songs, along with his instantly recognizable voice, prove Country music will never go out of style. “The good news is, the kind of music I’m making now is not age-specific. I’m not out there wiggling my ass for anybody, so it’s about telling stories, making people smile and making them feel something.”
For many, Ray needs no introduction. His first album, My Kind Of Music, was released in 2005 and the title track quickly became a Top 40 hit. Since then Ray has released three independent albums and has found success touring with songs like his hit “Those Jeans” and “Drinkin’ Beer.” Ray is the only independent artist in the GAC Hall of Fame and his style of traditional country music has also earned him a strong following in Europe. “Drinkin’ Beer” was the #1 Song of 2014 on the United Kingdom’s Hot Disc chart.
Ray’s current radio single, “Ain’t Always Thirsty,” is a true story, written from a low point in Ray’s life after a divorce and a lot of self-reflection.
“The song is very beautiful yet dark and painful, with no glimmer of hope. It’s classic country in every way,” says Blake Judd, who directed the music video.
“Country music used to sound like this in a lot of places,” adds Ray. “It’s slow song, a sad song and it’s based on reality. It’s not up-tempo and positive, and not at all formulaic like a lot of what you hear on mainstream radio.
“It’s exciting to me that it has an opportunity to be heard by people who will instantly recognize it as something that has been missing.”