The title Ray Fulcher could not ring a bell, however nation music followers have been listening to his music on repeat for years. Fulcher is the hidden gem of Nashville, as he is without doubt one of the many savvy songwriters behind Luke Combs’ second studio album “What You See Is What You Get” and the forthcoming assortment, “Growin’ Up.”
The Georgia-bred singer sat down with CMT to element what it was like having a hand in Combs’ extremely anticipated document. Fulcher penned the nation sensation’s latest launch “Tomorrow Me,” a melancholy breakup ballad. The seasoned songsmith surprised CMT when he nonchalantly revealed that the observe infused with subdued instrumentals, was created on island time underneath the beaming Bahamian solar.
The prolific artist with a catalog overflowing with No.1 hits, mentioned that “Tomorrow Me” is his favourite songwriting credit score so far.
“Luke and I’ve written so many songs, however this one was actually particular as a result of we wrote that tune on a ship within the Bahamas with our hero Dean Dillon. Not solely getting to jot down a tune with Dean, however for it to return out and be a single,” he mentioned whereas attempting to wrap his head across the songwriting session. “Dean’s a giant hero of ours. He has written so many monster songs. That was actually a full circle second for me – to have a tune with one among my heroes and with my greatest pal,” he added.
Fulcher continued to mirror on the “surreal expertise” and talked about that he felt like an artist making magic within the ’80s with the Nation Corridor of Famer. Cuts by Dillon have been picked up by nation legends equivalent to George Jones, George Strait, Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin, and extra. A few of Dillon’s biggest hits of all time embody his 1980 solo write “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” George Strait’s basic “I’ve Come to Expect It From You,” “Set ’Em Up Joe,” and “Tennessee Whiskey,” which reached most success practically 35 years later due to Chris Stapleton.
“After we wrote that tune – it was 75, and there was not a cloud within the sky. We have been sitting within the Bahamas on prime of crystal blue water and penning this heartbreak, self-reflected tune,” he described. “Dean Dillon wrote quite a lot of these outdated heartbreak songs on the market, and I keep in mind I felt like I used to be transported again to the seventies and eighties when he and Hank Cochran have been on the market writing all these songs. So, it was virtually an out-of-body surreal expertise.”
“Tomorrow Me” marks a brand new chapter for Combs – because the lyrics embody his “maturity” and development as a musician. The fast-rising star declared that the temptation observe is a good depiction of the intense future forward for Combs and the “first layer” of nice songs to return.
After years of writing for a string of hitmakers and securing a spot amongst an elite inside circle, a number of notable names within the trade didn’t suppose twice about cultivating Fulcher’s debut document, “Spray Painted Line.” The 17-song tracklist not solely represents who Fulcher is at his very core, but additionally proves that he’s a solo artist with famous person potential. The state-of-the-art assortment contains cuts from Combs [“Bucket List Beers“] and even nation phenomenon Eric Church. Fulcher was in school when he first watched the chief play at a sticky dive bar in Athens, Georgia. The spontaneous live performance immediately modified the trajectory of Fulcher’s life and impressed him to choose up the guitar.
“All I’ve ever wished to do for the reason that evening I noticed Eric Church play for the primary time once I was 19…was to sing and play nation music,” voiced Fulcher upon album launch. “I’ll always remember the second this dream was positioned in my coronary heart. It was like all the things I’d ever identified was turned the other way up proper there inside Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA….and I had lastly discovered the true north on my compass.”
Little did the naïve teenager know that Church would write a tune titled “The Battle of Betty’s Love” on his long-overdue document. In true singer-songwriter trend, Fulcher created a mission each listener may get pleasure from. He harassed that the primary few songs like “All Gas No Breaks,” “Sellin’ Cars,” and radio single “Anything Like You Dance” serves as a private introduction.
“The highest of the album is extra form of an introduction to me – who I’m, right here’s what you may anticipate,” the 2022 CMA Triple Play Honoree defined. “Because it goes on, it covers completely different themes. The ’Spray Painted Line’ is form of the beginning of a race, and in quite a lot of methods, the debut album is identical factor. It’s form of the place to begin. The primary tune completely describes me as an artist and author.”
Fulcher hopes that followers will take a “deep dive” into the Jonathan Singleton-produced album and finds a observe to resonate with, whether or not it’s a tear-jerking ballad, reflective melody, or ole ingesting tune.
“My hope is that you just [the fans] really take a deep dive in. I hope you end up in it, I hope you get misplaced in it, I hope you heal, I hope you snigger, I hope you name up a long-lost pal, I hope you cry if that’s what you want within the second. I hope that each single phrase is for YOU and was written with you in thoughts,” he mentioned on the eve of the discharge. “I hope that some tune or some line or some melody makes your life higher ultimately or to be the soundtrack to your greatest days or your worst days.”