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Watch Ray Scott Sing Billy Joe Shaver’s Spiritual Classic

The North Carolina man’s man shows his sensitive side in his latest “Roots Sessions” video

So far, Ray Scott has covered country gems by Merle Haggard, Tompall Glaser and Don Williams in his “Roots Sessions” video series, and while all have been distinguished by the North Carolina singer’s commitment to the source material, it’s his latest installment that is the most poignant. Scott puts a hopeful spin on Billy Joe Shaver’s “Live Forever,” while his band moves it along with a well-placed banjo. (Watch the video above.)

In his introduction to the performance, Scott reveals he has asked for only two autographs in his 20 years in Nashville: that of Waylon Jennings and the Texas singer-songwriter Shaver. His appreciation of the latter, he tells Rolling Stone Country, stemmed from “Live Forever.”

“The first time I had ever heard it, it was my first year in town. I had gone to a CD Warehouse and bought the album, and it had ‘Georgia on a Fast Train’ and ‘Old Chunk of Coal’ on it. But that song was on there too and it blew me away,” he says. “I couldn’t stop listening to it. Ever since, it’s been something that spiritually really speaks to me in a way that no other song does.”

Scott has been releasing his “Roots Sessions” videos in anticipation of his new single, the drink-to-forget weeper “Ain’t Always Thirsty,” from his self-titled album. The baritone vocalist recently filmed a video for the song in Nashville that will premiere on Rolling Stone Country in the coming weeks. “‘Ain’t Always Thirsty’ is an extremely country song,” Scott says. “In this climate, it’ll stick out like a sore thumb.”

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