Ray Scott continues to value “traditional country storytelling and artistry over chasing commercial trends (Wide Open Country)” with the release of his new EP, Honky Tonk Heart, available today.
Scott had a hand in writing each of the five songs for the project which, “should have its own warning sign—HIGHLY ADDICTIVE (One Country).” Cowboys & Indians exclusively premiered the title track, “a catchy full-blooded cowboy tune (Cowboys & Indians),” earlier this year.
The EP features three slower tunes “Leave This Town,” where Scott “uses his unique, booming baritone to heart-wrenching effect over a backdrop of acoustic guitar and aching pedal steel swells (Taste of Country),” “Thank You Baby” a song that is “chock full of countrified guitars that support Scott’s full, sincere vocals (Parade)” and “It Is What It Is,” a “pure country honky tonk heartbreaker (Wide Open Country).” “Trainwreck” rounds out the EP with a faster tempo that keeps Scott “squarely in the middle of traditional country with its pedal steel and boot-stomping melody (One Country).”
“This is my life,” Scott says. “And it’s an ode to all the other troubadours out there grinding it out on the dark highways, taking the people real country music they can get excited about.”
Honky Tonk Heart was produced by Michael Hughes, who Scott collaborated with on his previous album Guitar For Sale.
HONKY TONK HEART TRACK LIST
1. Honky Tonk Heart
2. It Is What It Is
4. Leave This Town
5. Thank You Baby
RAY SCOTT TOUR DATES:
Mar. 01 Hill Country Barbecue Market – Washington D.C.
Mar. 02 Hill Country Barbecue Market – New York, N.Y.
Mar. 06 The Cove – Depew, N.Y.
Mar. 21 Meyer Theatre – Green Bay, Wis. (with Randy Houser)
Mar. 22 The Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, Wis. (with Randy Houser)
Mar. 23 Little River Casino Resort – Manistee, Mich. (with Randy Houser)
Mar. 28 Songs on the Bayou Songwriter Festival – Morgan City, La.
Mar. 29 Songs on the Bayou Songwriter Festival – Morgan City, La.
Mar. 30 Songs on the Bayou Songwriter Festival – Morgan City, La.
Apr. 04 Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, Fla.
Apr. 05 Warehouse 360 Music Hall – Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Apr. 06 Old Florida Stomp Down Concert & BBQ – Titusville, Fla.
Apr. 19 Johnny & June’s – Flora, Ill.
Apr. 25 Rockbar Inc. – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Apr. 26 Nashville Unplugged at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, Nev.
Apr. 27 The Museum Club – Flagstaff, Ariz.
Apr. 30 Voodoo Room at House of Blues – San Diego, Calif.
May 09 Carol’s Pub – Chicago, Ill.
May 10 Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill – Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 23 Warehouse 2565 – Grand Junction, Colo.
June 14 Lyrics on the Lake Songwriter Festival – Moneta, Va.
July 27 River Rock Amphitheater – Covington, Va.
Nov. 12 – 18 Country Cruising – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
For more information on Ray Scott, visit RayScott.com.