Wednesday, May 10, 2023
– Michael Ray will release the song "Workin' On It" from his upcoming EP, "Dive Bars & Broken Hearts," on Friday.
"Workin' On It" works a breezy shuffle that tackles the notion of not being perfect, but trying. A video also will be out with a one-minute snippet out today. The EP drops June 23.
"If there's a song on this EP that's me, it's probably 'Workin' On It'," Ray said. "It's the idea that old cars need pieces, there's always a project to do, but maybe the biggest project of all is me. And that's great. Knowing you're always gonna try to be better, but, you know, also finding the fun in that. Isn't that what life is all about?"
The song was produced by Michael Knox, known for his work with Jason Aldean, Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins.
Director Spidey Smith, who helmed the "Get Her Back" clip, also returns for a moments-in-the-day look at Ray as he moves through his life. Working on cars, clearing land, chopping wood, stringing lights, all small things that make up a good life – and create the kind of man people love and respect.
"Life isn't hard or some big mystery," Ray said. "Even though hard things happen, you can choose to sink into those times or lift yourself up, find the good and make some happy for other people. That's how I was raised, and that was something I wanted to throw out there. We get to pick how we act and what we do. That's what 'Workin' On It' and this video are all about."
Ray returns to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, playing "Get Her Back" and "Workin' On It" for the first time nationally and internationally.
"This music is a big deal to me," Ray said. "It's been a journey to get to the country music I was raised on – the things that throwback to Conway, Haggard, Hank Jr. I'm doing everything I can for people to see how much this sound means to me. So the Opry is a great place to start."