“There was a time in Nashville when people wrote alone. Some of my favorite old writers, the people who got me interested in doing this in the first place—Harlan Howard and Bob McDill—wrote alone,” he states. “I’ve always recorded my own material because it’s almost impossible for me to sell a song that someone else wrote. I was more or less made to tell stories through my own window—and the window’s pretty smudged sometimes,” Ray laughs. “But if I can entertain myself, I feel like other people might be entertained as well.” This speaks truly the kind of person that he is. Ray is a true musician.
“There’s just as much an art to recitation as there is singing. It’s all in how you emote, your emphasis and how you tell a story,” he says. And it helps if you have comic timing with his sense humor. Ray even admits that he enjoys every song that he has made the audience turn their head and say, “Well, that’s different,” or “Well that pisses me off.”In the end, Ray Scott stays true to himself, and does whatever music he enjoys and does best. Whether one day he sounds like a soul-ful old-time country star, or temporary country-pop performer. He is pure and all nature talent. As he states, “We decided to amp things up and make a record exactly the way we wanted. It’s country music the way I interpret it.”
“After all these years in Nashville I’ve never been willing to compromise my artistic vision as far as writing goes or the way things are recorded and produced. I don’t chase trends, which is not necessarily your quickest road to riches by any means,” he says. “I don’t sound like anoyne else, and I don’t want to. But at the end of the day, I’d like to walk outside my trailer, look up at the sun and say, ‘I did it the way I wanted.” He then laughs to continue and say, “When the cops come to serve the warrant, at least I’ll have my integrity—integrity and a beer.”