Amos (Warner Nashville, 2018)
Reviewed by Michael Rampa
The midpoint features the standout, "Her World Or Mine" a hurting ballad where it is unclear whether the man or the woman is the party in pain. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ray was going through a breakup at the time (He has since become engaged to Carly Pearce).
The closer "Drink One For Me" is a tribute to members of the military. Ray has battled severe anxiety since childhood and with grandfather serving as guitar teacher, country music historian and advisor to the family band Country Cousins, Ray clearly has a good knowledge and appreciation for the genre. It's an equation that adds up to enough life experience to try his hand at songwriting. The closest the listener can get to his coastal Florida roots and anything autobiographical is "Summer Water." But then again, one must infer since he didn't have a hand in penning it. It would be nice to hear what he has to say for himself.
CDs by Michael Ray
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