Miranda Lambert mourns death of bandmate, guitarist Scotty Wray: 'I lost my family member'
Miranda Lambert took to her social media to share an emotional tribute to a dear friend.She titled the post 'family member, and guitarist Scotty Wray' on Saturday February 19.
The country singer said the music industry has lost "one of the most talented guitarists." A representative for Collin Raye confirmed to Country that Scotty Wray, who was also the brother of ’90s country hitmaker Raye, died on Friday, February 18, 2022. Reports claim, Wray was battling heart issues from the last few years.The late guitarist performed with Lambert on many music tours for several years side-lining his health issues but was ultimately forced to retire after prolonged illness.
The singer sharing her matching tattoo with Wray wrote in her Instagram post, “Heavy heart post💔. Last night I lost one of my most treasured friends, band mates and road family members, Scotty Wray. We met in 2001 in Greenville Texas. I was 17. That was the beginning of our journey together. We went through so much life together on and off the stage. We wrote songs, played gig after gig, fought, cried, laughed, and even got matching arrow tattoos after we made it out of some rough patches together."
“He was one of the most talented guitar players I’ve ever known and I’m so thankful I got to witness his genius seasoned laid back blues man style on stages all over the world for over 20 years. He was the one I could count on. Always. No matter what. If he was there on my right side I felt like I could take on the world. Scotty Wray was family to me and I’ll never sing a note without him because I know he is there with me. He always has been. I love you my sweet Bud Wray. Heaven is lucky cause that honky tonk band up there just gained another guitar pickin angel. Rest easy my love. #EasyLivinEasyLovinYou,” she added.
Wray who played guitar in the band was also an amazing songwriter and collaborated with his brother Collins on several songs. In 2020 they released an album, in which the song "Scars," was recorded as a duet by Ray and Lambert.