As Ray Scott prepares to release the single “Ain’t Always Thirsty” from his self-titled new album, the drawling baritone vocalist has been delivering a series of videos of him covering classic country songs. Rolling Stone Country premieres the latest: a tongue-in-cheek version of “Put Another Log on the Fire,” recorded by the late Tompall Glaser for the Wanted! The Outlaws album. Featuring songs by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Glaser, the compilation was the first country LP to be certified platinum. Scott calls the controversial song the “male chauvinist national anthem.” (Watch the video above.)
“The Outlaws album was huge for me. I was a little bitty boy when that thing came out. Of all the songs, this is the one that stood out to me, even as a little kid,” Scott tells Rolling Stone Country. “Because of the melody, sure, but there is also an attitude to it and humor about it that I picked up on way back then.”
But Scott, known as much for the comedic undertones of his songs (and his biting Twitter account, @rayalitycheck) as he is for his deep voice, admits the lyrics about a bossy lover asking his wife or girlfriend to do his chores can rub some folks the wrong way.
“You may have a lot of feminists out there that aren’t going to think it’s very funny, but that tongue-in-cheek humor I’ve always loved,” he says unrepentantly. “The song is a big reason why I write the humorous things I do. Between this and Jerry Reed and Roger Miller, it’s a big facet of what I do.”