Miranda Lambert Recalls Late Guitarist Scotty Wray: ‘Lucky Heaven…Won Another Guitar Angel’
Miranda Lambert remembers his late friend and longtime guitarist, Scotty Wraydied on Friday evening (February 18) after apparently battling heart problems for the past few years.
Saturday, February 19, the country superstar went to social media to share a moving tribute to her dear friend.
“Heavy heart post💔. Last night I lost one of my most treasured road friends, bandmates and family members, Scotty Wray,” Lambert begins. “We met in 2001 in Greenville, Texas. I was 17. It was the start of our journey together. We’ve been through so much life together on and off the stage. We’ve written songs, played gig after gig, we fought, cried, laughed and even got matching arrow tattoos after overcoming tough times together.
Lambert went on to say, “He was one of the most talented guitarists I’ve ever known and I’m so grateful to have been able to witness his laid-back, genius-seasoned bluesman style on stages around the world. for more than 20 years. He was the one I could count on. Always. No matter what. If he was there on my right side, I felt like I could take over the world.
“Scotty Wray was family to me and I’ll never sing a note without him because I know he’s there with me,” the country hitmaker concluded. “He always has been. Love you my sweet Bud Wray. Heaven is lucky because this honky tonk band just won another guitar angel. Rest up my love. #EasyLivinEasyLovinYou #nowheretogobutup”
See the heartfelt tribute below, which included a series of photos of Lambert and his late friend.
Wray, who was also the brother of 90s country hitmaker Collin Raye, died on Friday, February 18, 2022, a representative for Collin Raye confirmed to musical chaos. According to previous reports, Wray had been battling heart issues for the past few years.
The late musician toured with Lambert for several years, but was sidelined by health issues and was eventually forced to retire from touring to focus on his health issues.
Scotty Wray and Miranda are the cutest duo 🤠 pic.twitter.com/o2aUBnrcUv
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Collin Raye opened up about his brother and his relationship with Lambert during an interview on The Bobby Bones Show in the summer of 2020.
“He’s been playing with Miranda Lambert since she started. He introduced me to Miranda when she was 17. So, I’ve known her for a long time,” Raye explained to Bones. “He was kind of her only band when she was playing Dallas and Austin and stuff. And playing acoustic things and stuff.
Raye explained that he and his brother had “always believed” in Lambert and admitted they “had no idea” how far his career would go.
“He played with her until… Recently he had health issues with his heart and so on. He had a very bad year last year (2019). He’s probably done filming at this point,” Raye continued.
In addition to his role in Lambert’s touring band, Wray was also a songwriter and co-wrote several songs on Collin Raye’s 2020 album, including “Scars,” a heartbreaking song that was duet-recorded by Ray and Lambert.
Years before releasing “Scars” as a duet, Lambert performed the song during a songwriter’s round performance at the City Winery in Nashville in January 2016, according to taste of country.
“This song is – Oh my God, I hope I’m not going to cry when I sing it,” Lambert said from the stage, admitting “we’ve been through everything together, good and bad. We’ve both been through a very happy 2015 and we have the tattoos to prove it.
2015 was the year Lambert endured a very public divorce from fellow country singer Blake Shelton.
“Anyway, we were just the band, me and him, for a long, long time,” Lambert continued, referring to Wray, who sat next to her. “And he wrote that song, 16 years ago, a year before I met him. And I’ve been in love with it for so long… Every time he sings it, I cry, for 15 years.
Every track on Raye scars The album was written or co-written by Raye or his brother and Raye says that’s what made the album more meaningful to him.
“Given that we started our musical journey together in our teens and then in our 20s we started to go our separate ways, this album is truly a ‘full loop’ moment in my life,” Raye also told the point. of sale. “The time has come for this.”
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