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Single Review: “Ray Ray’s Juke Joint” by Michael Scott

August 12, 2008

The first artist to be signed to Tracy Lawrence’s record label Rocky Comfort Records, other than Tracy himself, is Michael Scott. Despite his fresh and young appearance Michael contains a lot of “redneck” in his personality having grown up on the road, thus it is appropriate that he takes thepretty boy image he puts off and turns it all around with a solid redneck anthem in “Ray Ray’s Juke Joint”, his debut single.

In order to immediately show off a rebellious and countrified side to himself Scott shoots down all the bars and joints that have become littered with hip hop wanna-bes and mixed drink junkies. In the process he brings into the light a great party spot untouched by these people that still holds true to the back woods, country music style appearance and management called, you guessed it, Ray Ray’s Juke Joint. However, as decent as this song may be, it contains plenty of flaws.

First off many of Michael’s references come off as cliche and very stereotypical which can do just as much harm as it can good for a country pride song. Second, the song is forgettable. Yeah it is fun, but it doesn’t leave much for a second listen and is easily overshadowed by the likes of “Hicktown” and “Hollar Back”. Finally Scott isn’t enough of himself. In some parts it almost sounds as if he’s trying a Little to hard to prove he belongs on the scene borrowing some of Tracy’s accent and twang for his own. So yeah Michael is a born redneck who love a good time and traditional country values, but other than that this song doesn’t really show off much about him and leaves the listener almost blind to the artist over the person. He has potential, but he needs to show it a lot more.

Grade: C


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Leeann Ward permalink
    August 12, 2008 9:20 pm

    I agree that this isn’t very strong. Jamey Johnson’s version of it, from his first album, is much stronger and has a bit more muscle.

  2. September 4, 2008 6:59 am

    His song has some punch. Maybe he needs a good women in his life that understands how to push him and support the industry he has chosen. It works for tim and faith.There was an article once that tim said faiths personality and since of humour got him thru the hard days.He could use that passion in his music.

  3. September 5, 2008 5:20 pm

    The song may not show off Michaels true potential, however to state that the song doesnt reflect who he truly is and to say that he is “borrowing” some of Tracy’s twang is way off base. Maybe the reviewer would understand all this if he/she would take the time to see a live performance. I understand that the review is based off a single recorded in a studio, but referencing who he really is when the writer obviously doesnt know him personally is absurd. Michael is an entertainer and thats what will make him be succesful in this industry. For the comment that Jamey put more muscle into the song, listen to the two again. Jamey may appear to have a stronger voice but if I had to choose one to listen to over and over and that would actually excite people, Michael wins hands down. Jamey is very very talented, dont get me wrong, but his voice is more suiting for the slower, more meaningful and deep down songs such as “The Dollar” and “Should’ve seen it in color”. In summation, perhaps it is not the best performance of his life and a live show will prove it, but the song is catchy enough and enjoyable enough to listen to it will be a good step up the ladder for this new up and coming artist.

  4. cowboybleau permalink*
    September 6, 2008 2:45 am

    I would actually love to see a live performance from Michael OP. When I recieved the demo to review I also recieved a biography of him and his journey and he has made very respectable strides in his journey to stardom. However I stand by it that this single does not show off “who he truely is”. This is a fun song and yeah he’s a great performer, but this would not convince me that there is anything new about him without seeing him for myself.

    To put it simply this song itself shows off Michael’s personality, but as far as making him stand out this production makes him sound like everyone else out there.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    September 28, 2008 3:16 am

    The orignal version is way better than anyother version. It is by Shane Owens and he is the one who wrote the song in the first place!!! The beat to the song sucks when these other two people play it!!!

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