On May 27th, Ray Johnston Band released the follow-up to their well-received 2014 album No Bad Days with #GoesGoodWith. Produced by Erik Herbst, #GoesGoodWith contains six songs, all co-written by Johnston alongside Paul Overstreet, Hunter Hutchinson, Roger Creager and Matt Boggs among others.
Starting off with the carefree, up-tempo “Make Mine A Double,” which encourages doubling pretty much everything (except trouble), Johnston injects a lightheartedness and humor into the EP, which continues in the Tex-Mex flaired “Little Lupe” and the barroom number “My Liver Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Abbey Cone joins Johnston on EP standout “Horses and Hearts” (co-written with Kylie Rae Harris), a dance hall ready tune about two of the things that are “hard to break” while the tender and romantic ballad, “Beautiful You” really is the perfect first dance - and if that’s not in the cards yet, it will leave you hopeful to find someone who feels that way about you.
#GoesGoodWith is rounded out with the laid-back and uplifting “Watching The Lord Turn On The Lights” which features Brady Black’s (Randy Rogers Band) incomparable fiddle on a traditional tune about doing the thing that makes your heart content. “Middle of nowhere is where my heart beats best/and I can take some time to put my mind at rest/There ain’t another place Lord that I’d rather be/where the grip of time can’t grab a hold of me.”
Humor, heart, joy and an overall feel-good positive vibe makes #GoesGoodWith pair well with….well, everything.