Country singer and native of Semora, N.C., Ray Scott is releasing a new EP, Roots Sessions, Vol. 1, and he's letting readers of The Boot hear his cover of Don Williams' "Good Ole Boys Like Me" first.

Scott has been in country music for 10 years now, with his major-label debut album, My Kind of Music, dropping in 2005. To pay tribute to his successful decade in the industry, Scott is releasing Roots Sessions, Vol. 1 on Friday (Sept. 18), and it's full of covers of the legends that have influenced him throughout his life.

“I grew up during a magical era in country music, full of individuals who were original and uncompromising,” Scott shares. “These are some songs I loved by some artists and songwriters I loved, who shaped who I became and who I'm still becoming as an artist. I hope you love this stuff as much as I do."

Scott's offering of "Good Ole Boys Like Me" is a respectful cover that honors the spirit of the original rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. The production of the song brings it up to date while still paying homage to the classic country roots that made Williams a standout in his day.

Scott's new six-track EP also includes Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever," Johnny Cash's "Ghost Riders in the Sky," Merle Haggard’s “That’s the Way Love Goes,” Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Tompall Glaser’s “Put Another Log on the Fire.” The record is self-released.

"This is sort of a regroup for me -- not only artistically, but in terms of my career," Scott explains. "My music and my sense of where it fits in the music business has really taken shape over the past several years. So this is an introduction to that for people who may not be familiar with me, and it’s a defining of that vision for those who already know my music.”

Scott is gearing up for a set of tour dates that kick off on Sept. 25 in Mebane, N.C. A full list of shows is available at

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