Michael Ray released his new ’90s-inspired single, “Whiskey And Rain,” on Friday (Sept. 25).
The country singer’s new track echoes influences from his country heroes including Earl Thomas Conley, Gary Allan and Tim McGraw. Ray flawlessly blended modern country with the more traditional ’90s country sound.
“Country music fans have allowed me to grow through my last two albums, and I can’t thank them enough for believing in me and the music. I’m very proud of everything we’ve done,” Ray shared. “And with this project especially, I really reminded myself that I’m a fan too, It was a country music song that made me pick up a guitar and move to Nashville ten years ago. Keeping a fan-first mindset gave me the confidence to include really honest, vulnerable songs. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done.”
Ray shared that he wanted to return to his country roots with his upcoming record, as he was recently able to find his true sound.
“I went to Ross [Copperman] with the idea that I wanted to be my authentic self on this record, because now I truly know who that is. I thought, ‘If we could marry what I love and pair it with his melodic talent to create this 90’s/now sound, I think that would work.’ And it has. It’s been such a cool process working with him.”
Ray sings, “Yeah whiskey and rain coming down, coming down / Splash of bourbon in a glass / Yeah pouring something on the pain / Let it drown, let it drown / Trying to wash away the past / Since my blue sky, sunshine, whole life / Hopped on that midnight train / ‘Til the bottle runs out or the clouds roll away / It’s just the whiskey and rain.”
“Whiskey And Rain” was co-written by Josh Thompson and Jesse Frasure and produced by Ross Copperman. The song follows the release of single, “Her World Or Mine.”
The new track is expected to be the first single from his upcoming third studio album, which will serve as the follow-up to his 2018 album, Amos.