Dubbed a modern-day storyteller, Ray Scott joins the line-up for Nashville Nights at the Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill on Friday.
Scott will perform tunes from his recently released self-titled album produced by Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories, Jerrod Niemann’s Free the Music) that include the number-one hit single Drinkin Beer, a fan-favorite on itunes and in the UK, along with other older songs that demonstrate his technique of putting a modern spin on “real traditional county style music,” Scott said.
According to a press release, Drinkin Beer was the album's first offering and released in July to “New + noteworthy acclaim from itunes and is championed on Sirius XM's the Highway as an 'On the Horizon pick.’”
The press release went on to say the 11-track collection was recorded in Nashville and highlights Scott's soulful knack for penning insightful songs with crisp hooks delivered by his raw gritty distinctively rich vocals. The result is an album that encompasses everything critics and fans have come to adore and expect from Scott – including a dose of infectious if understated quick-witted humor.
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“I've been told that if Waylon Jennings and Roger Miller had a kid, I'd be it,” he said almost in the same breath as he offered an unrelated [to county music] appeal to his fans and said his favorite beer was “free.”
Admitting it's the free beer that's got him in the first stages of “prehab” along with the fact he's not quite ready to grow up yet, Scott also said yes, he's often been compared to [Johnny] Cash.
In fact, “Tijuana Buzzkill” – a true account of a night in Mexico that landed him and a friend in a jail cell for a few hours – Scott said Buzzkill has “that “Ring-of-Fire” sound showcasing Brainard's “production chops” accomplished through his use of percussion and a horn player – a first for Scott.
Scott also admits he borrows from a past that includes influences such as Jerry Reed, Jennings and Miller.
Born at the start of the 70s, (he's 44) Scott credits his dad – a local performer in his hometown of Semora, N.C. – as a huge influence also.
Scott said he was a couple of feet tall when he got the bug singing harmony [with dad] then formed his first band at the age of 19.
After a stint in Atlanta, Scott said he moved to Nashville in 1994 and took a job working on boats at a place called Rock Harbor Marina to “lay low and learn the [music] business,” he said.
“I stayed quiet and came up with my plan of attack,” Scott said. “It was a great atmosphere and a good place to be.”
It was also a good place to meet important people.
Not long after meeting Nora Wilson and Buddy Cannon, Scott got his first publishing deal, but remained part-time at the docks.
These days, music is his full-time job and Scott takes the stage on Friday with his own brand of country music storytelling along with a message to fans and future fans: if they hear it, they will get it.
Oh, and “don't forget to get your pets spayed and neutered,” he said laughing.
IF YOU GO:
What | Ray Scott
When | 9 p.m. Friday
Where | Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd.
Cost | No cover
Information | 843-903-2628, www.boathousemb.com