On Saturday morning's Wide Open Country show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ray Scott. Ray is one of the few country music artists that truly has kept the roots and traditions of country music alive. As a matter of fact, beyond Jamey Johnson, I can't think of many other stars that are doing what Ray is doing these days...keeping it real. I don't mean just within his music. Ray Scott's quote on the show Saturday sums it up..."I'm not on a crusade to change the way country music is heading...I'm finding different ways to get heard...It's just what comes natural to me."

Country music's foundation is based on real life. Tragedy to triumph, the ability of an artist to relate his/her feelings in a song and have written it well enough that the listener feels the emotion, is why country music has been so popular decade after decade.

It's no secret country music has gone through changes over the last few years and really over the last 10-20 years. But as long as there is heartbreak, as long as there are hard working people who get down on their luck, as long as there are guys that chose the bottle over love and women who hold on to hope for a better man, there will always be a place for the music that guys like Ray Scott craft.