Miranda Lambert mourns the loss of longtime guitarist Scotty Wray
Miranda Lambert is on the morning of the loss of her longtime guitarist Scotty Wray (brother of 90s country singer Collin Raye), whom she met at age 17.
Wray, who was battling heart problems, died on Friday, February 18.
Lambert, who shared that she had a heavy heart, posted a message on Instagram.
“Last night I lost one of my most treasured friends, bandmates and family members of the road, Scotty Wray,” she wrote in the post. “We met in 2001 in Greenville, Texas. I was 17. That was the start of our journey together. We’ve been through so much life together on and off the stage. We’ve written songs, played concerts after gig, fought, cried, laughed and even got matching arrow tattoos after overcoming a few tough times together He was one of the most talented guitarists I’ve ever known and I’m so thankful for “Having witnessed his laid-back, seasoned bluesman style on stages around 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 my family and I’ll never sing a note without him because I know he’s there with me. He always was. I love you. love my sweet Bud Wray Heaven is lucky cause this bunch of honky t onk just won another guitar angel. Get some rest my love.
Gwen Sebastian, who sings with Lambert, also took to social media to share her feelings.
“It’s one of my favorite days with Scotty Wray. It was one of those rare times when we had a long day off and couldn’t wait to get off the bus and head to this tiny little restaurant. and talking about music and life over our morning coffee,” Sebastian wrote. “We have had many of these moments over the years and I am truly grateful for them. I will miss everything about you. Your laugh, the sound of your guitar, your honesty to the world, but most of all I’m going to miss hearing you call me Punkin. You’ll always be with us on this stage. I hope you enjoy the juiciest cheeseburger. I t love Bud.
Raye recently opened up about his brother on The Bobby Bones Show in August 2020.
“He’s been playing with Miranda Lambert since she started. He introduced me to Miranda when she was 17. So I have known her for a long time. He was kind of her only band when she was playing Dallas and Austin and everything. And play acoustic things and stuff. He always believed in her, of course, just like me. I had no idea it was going where it was going,” Raye said. “Recently he’s had some health issues with his heart. He had a really bad year last year and he’s probably finished touring at this point.
In addition to playing guitar, Wray was also a songwriter, writing songs for his brother, including the song “Scars”, in which Lambert sings harmony. The song was the lead track on Raye’s first new album in over a decade, also titled SCARS
“I wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the record except for the songs written or co-written by my brother Scotty, including a few we wrote together,” Raye said. CMT at the time. “Given that we started our musical journey together in our teens and then in our 20s we started to break up, this album is truly a ‘full loop’ moment in my life. The time has come for this.
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