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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

CMA Music Fest Interview: Chatting with Country Artist, Ray Scott

Thanks for taking a second in between shows to chat with us! Have you had a fun CMA Fest so far? Yes, it’s always rapid fire.

How many years have you done CMA fest, and what do you think about how it has evolved?

As far as personally taking part in one as an artist, I would say at least eight or ten years. It is a different town now that it used to be.

The last time we spoke, was at the Opry last year and your new album, “Guitar for Sale” had just been released. So did you sale said guitar? No, haha I decided to hang on to it.

But really what have you been up to since then? Just touring a lot and promoting the new album. We are in the midst of recording what it probably going to be a EP, coming up maybe first of the year or something. I am just writing, playing, and doing the same ole thing.

If you had to give up music – what would you do to be creative? I have been getting into doing voiceover work here lately so probably that.

What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? There are new ones popping up all over. One place I have really feel in love with is Two Ten Jack. They have the best ramen I have ever had in my life. But I still like some of the old mainstays. I still like SouthStreet a lot. I live in Hendersonville and there is a little place up there I like to go to called the Lost Cajun. Yesterday I ate at J. Alexander's for the first time in probably five years and I loved it.

If someone is coming to Nashville for the first time, where do you take them? Back to the bus station and drop them off. Haha and tell them get out of here. I would take them to the Hall of Fame and Museum. CMHOF is a really great building, everything you ever want to know about the industry and the past is there. I would start there and if they were not tired after that I would say they are on their own. For live music I still think the Bluebird is the best. Broadway has gotten so crazy these days. But there are still certain spots you can go and hear the old stuff.

What’s your favorite ’90s jam? One of my favorite songs coming out of that era was Charlie Robison. He had a cover of, "El Cerrito Place," by Keith Gattis. Still love that song.

How many cowboy hats do you own? I am just leasing them, I am going to give them back. But I probably have five or six. I have to throw them away after awhile. Sometimes they actually get up and walk out.

We will let you get to the stage, so finally if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Whoever the first one to come talk to me is. Believe it.

About Ray Scott: Ray Scott has built up an impressive career over the past decade. His 2005 debut album My Kind of Music racked up sales of over 100,000 units, and became the # 1 Country Album on the Billboard Heat-seekers chart, and his “Those Jeans” single has sold over 300,000 copies – all from the song’s exposure on SiriusXM. He has tallied four No. 1 singles in the United Kingdom, accounted for over one million Spotify streams, and over 711,000 new views on YouTube. Scott has also performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry over sixty times in his career. The entertainer has also tasted success as a songwriter, with cuts from superstars Trace Adkins, Clay Walker and Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis to his credit.


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