They say to write a real country song that you have to live what you write about to make it good. You need to dig deep in your soul and relive each part of the story as you write it into the song. Think of a song as a condensed story and you are only going to have 3 to 5 minutes or so to tell everything in that story. Think of a good song as a concentrated form of the story in full strength. You can not water any part of it down to make it have a full effect. This is what I want my music to do, be effective in taking something bad out of your life like a full strength cleaner does to a stain. If you can listen to a song and if it takes something bad away and leaves you feeling good as new then my music just did something good for you. Some say a good song is comforting and I hope my music does just that for you.
On this CD, MORE RAW STUFF, the song HOMELESS talks about love and how a house is not a home unless it has love. STEEL RESERVE is about alcohol and is a tribute to the brand 211 STEEL RESERVE that you may be drinking when you lose that love as sometimes folks do to help them heal. Just don't get addicted to it! Enough of the preaching here. ANOTHER WEDDING VOW is about love, that you hope is real love and worth keeping. WILTED FLOWER is about a love gone bad. A PIECE OF PAPER is about the regret of going through a divorce and asks the question about why is a piece of paper running your life. A TIME THAT I LOVED IN VAIN is about giving your love and you find out that you were in love with the wrong person and all you want to do is die but don't really want to die but you do want to kill the pain. I THINK is about getting stabbed in the back by someone you loved. BACKSTAGE BETTY is about temptation in love but knowing it is wrong and you wont do it. THE RIGHT TIME TO LEAVE YOU is about the relationship that is a fatal attraction that you would be better off being out of than in. DICKENS CIDER is a song that is a play on words and sounds like a nasty song if you have a dirty mind or if you really listen to the words you will not be offended. This song is one part joke, one part innuendo, one part jingle and one part love song. It is about something sweet like fresh apple cider grown on the farm where the song takes place. Depending on how you think is how your reaction to the song will be. Not one nasty word is in this song so it is sort of a mind trick and if you get a laugh out of it then so be it. There actually is a brand of the same name in Australia according to a Google search. So let your mind do as it will, please do not be offended if you are offended easily. This is never the intention to offend ever. I usually keep my music G rated for the kids that have become fans of REAL country music. Yes, I have a daughter who listens to my music and my nephews and nieces listen too. I don't want my family being mad at me for making nasty songs. I do not want to get my sisters mad either. They know where I live so I keep it G rated or as close to it as possible.
This is my second release after recording with Hank Williams 3 and being featured on The Hank Williams 3 album, Ghost to a Ghost, track #5, entitled RAY LAWRENCE JR.. I hope you will like this album MORE RAW STUFF. Look me up on Facebook and join in on the fun and maybe you will meet me at a show so I can sign a copy for you. If you don't have RAW & UNPLUGGED get your self a copy of that too since you are already here. You may like that album too. I hope that my music brings you some form of comfort and healing and good times. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this and taking an interest in my music.
Ray Lawrence Jr.