Michael Ray’s music video for his country hit “Her World or Mine” boasts over 20 million views on Youtube. The Nashville-based singer is now giving fans a sneak peek into his upcoming video for his single “Whiskey and Rain.”
“Whiskey and Rain” is Ray’s most recent single, which was released on September 25. A performance video was also released the day the single dropped.
Now, fans get a taste of what is to come in the song’s music video.
Michael Ray’s Newest Single, ‘Whiskey And Rain’
Dubbed a “lonesome track” with “equal parts Ronnie Milsap and Gary Allen,” by Rolling Stone, “Whiskey and Rain” tells a story of heartbreak through a tune reminiscent of throwback country music. Similarly, Billboard describes the single as “a throwback to brooding songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s” and “a melancholy mid-tempo ballad” produced “by Ross Copperman highlighting Ray’s vulnerable delivery.”
The song tells the story of a lonely man trying to recover from his heartbreak using the two constants in his life: you guessed it, whiskey, and rain. Ray delivers the story using “storytelling, vulnerability and honesty,” the three main things he loves about country music, as his press release states.
The song sets the mood at the beginning with lyrics of lost-love and strong bourbon: It’s been a downpour, beating on the tin roof / It’s been Black Label pouring on ice / Made a honky-tonk outta this living room / Yeah, swimming through her goodbye / Misery loves company. It continues with the chorus referencing the feeling of letting the bourbon and cloud-filled skies wash away heartbreak’s pain: pouring something on the pain, let it drown, let it drown / Try to wash away the past
Ray’s Dedication to Classic, Honky-Tonk Country Music
Ray draws inspiration from classic country storytellers who tell a complete tale throughout the song. “I miss story songs that you have to listen to all the way through to understand,” he says. Adding about his new single, “This song is everything I love about country music – traditional country music, like Tim McGraw and Earl Thomas Conley, and I want to bring that back.”
And as far as the traditional country music feel is concerned, Ray knocked it out of the park. Critics and music reviewers agree that this single brings back to life the feel of honky-tonk country music. Sounds Like Nashville notes Michael Ray’s recent release “leans more into the warm familiarity of 90’s country and boasts plenty of beautiful steel guitar and fiddle sounds— marking the singer’s return to his roots.”
Ray further shows his commitment to taking country music back to its roots through his weekly virtual series, Honkytonk Tuesdays. The weekly mini-show streams live on Ray’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesdays and added to Instagram following its airing. Honkytonk Tuesdays highlight country music at its core with guests including Clint Black, Mark Wills, Marty Raybon, and Steve Wariner.
‘Prequel’ to the Upcoming Music Video Release
The prequel to Michael Ray’s upcoming music video presents the cinematic drama of what is to come. The shots show lonely, dark shots of an empty home with occasional lyrics appearing atop the clips. Lyrics like “Tryin’ to wash away the pain,” and “whole life hopped on that midnight train,” appear over clips of a dark home and dripping faucet.
Music is more than corny words over a foot-tapping tune to Michael Ray. As his recent press release beautifully states, “Music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him.”