Miranda Lambert is recollecting her late companion and long-lasting guitarist, Scotty Wray. He died on Friday evening (Feb. 18) after purportedly fighting heart issues in the course of the most recent couple of years.
On Saturday (Feb. 19), the country hotshot took to web-based media to share a passionate recognition for her dear companion.
“Heavy heart post💔. Last night I lost one of my most treasured friends, bandmates and road family members, Scotty Wray,” Lambert starts. “We met in 2001 in Greenville, Texas. I was 17. That was the beginning of our journey together. We went through so much life together on and off the stage. We wrote songs, played gig after gig, fought, cried, laughed and even got matching arrow tattoos after we made it out of some rough patches together.”
Lambert proceeded to share, “He was one of the most talented guitar players I’ve ever known, and I’m so thankful I got to witness his genius seasoned laid back bluesman style on stages all over the world for over 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 on the world..”
“Scotty Wray was family to me, and I’ll never sing a note without him because I know he is there with me,” the country hitmaker concluded. “He always has been. I love you, my sweet Bud Wray. Heaven is a lucky cause that honky tonk band up there just gained another guitar pickin angel. Rest easy, my love. #EasyLivinEasyLovinYou #nowheretogobutup”
See the sincere accolade beneath, which incorporated a progression of photographs of Lambert and her late companion.
Wray, who was additionally the sibling of ’90s country hitmaker Collin Raye, kicked the bucket on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, a delegate for Collin Raye affirms to Country Now. As indicated by past reports, Wray was combating heart issues in the most recent couple of years.
The late performer visited with Lambert for quite some time, yet was sidelined by medical problems and was eventually compelled to resign from the street to zero in on his medical issues.
Collin Raye talked about his sibling and his relationship with Lambert during a meeting on The Bobby Bones Show in the mid-year of 2020.
“He’s played with Miranda Lambert since she began. He introduced me to Miranda when she was 17 years old. So, I’ve known her a long time,” Raye explained to Bones. “He was sort of her only band when she was playing around Dallas and Austin and stuff. And playing acoustic things and stuff.”
Raye clarified that he and his sibling “always believed” in Lambert and conceded they “had no idea” exactly how far her profession would go.
“He’s played with her up until… Recently he’s had some health issues with his heart and whatnot. He had a terrible year last year (2019). He’s probably done touring at this point,” Raye proceeded.
Notwithstanding his part in Lambert’s visiting band, Wray was likewise a lyricist and co-composed a few melodies on Collin Raye’s 2020 collection, including “Scars,” a tragic tune recorded as a two-part harmony by Raye and Lambert.
Years before delivering “Scars” as a two-part harmony, Lambert played out the tune during a lyricist’s round-style execution at Nashville’s City Winery in January 2016, as per Taste of Country.
“This song is — Oh, God, I hope I’m not gonna cry when I sing it,” Lambert said from the stage as she admitted,” we have been through everything together, good and bad. We both went through a really s—ty 2015, and we have the tattoos to prove it..”
2015 was the year Lambert persevered through an exceptionally open separation from individual country artist Blake Shelton.
“Anyway, we used just to be the band, him and me for a long, long time,” Lambert advanced on to say, asking Wray, who was seated next to her. “And he wrote this song, like, 16 years ago, a year before I met him. And I have been in love with it for that long … Every time he sings it, I would cry, for the last 15 years.”
Each track on Raye’s Scars collection was composed or co-composed by Raye or his sibling, and Raye says that made the group more significant to him.
Heavy heart post💔. Last night I lost one of my most treasured friends, band mates and road family members, Scotty Wray. We met in 2001 in Greenville Texas. I was 17 . That was the beginning of our journey together. We went through so much life together on and off the stage. pic.twitter.com/zW12FgoOlT
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) February 19, 2022