Michael Ray released some of his best work to date when he dropped his 2023 EP, Dive Bars & Broken Hearts. While continuing to deliver real country music to his fans, the singer-songwriter proved that dive bars and broken hearts go hand in hand from start to finish.
Not only did Ray work with multi-platinum producer Michael Knox on this project, but he also enlisted some of the most famed songwriters in Music City. Ray, along with Morgan Wallen, Hardy, Jesse Frasure, and Josh Phillips, are among the songwriting credits on Dive Bars & Broken Hearts.
“It felt like ‘Dive Bars & Broken Hearts’ was one a wrap-around thing of the last few years in my life. It was just something that I love the name and the title of it, but it just screamed ‘country music,’ and was something that felt like all of us could relate to,” Ray said.
The title track, “Dive Bars & Broken Hearts,” was the first song Ray fell in love with when it came to creating this EP. Ray notes that there are pieces of him in each of the six songs he released.
For Ray, as most of us can agree at some point in time, a dive bar is exactly where you’ll want to go when you’re healing a broken heart. There’s always a lot to look forward to, including live music (you could always request a Michael Ray song, too), good food and drinks, and so much more.
“What I love about dive bars is you can just be yourself. You can show up any way you want to, and you’re always welcome,” Ray said.
So, where would Ray suggest going if you had a broken heart or were simply looking for some off-the-clock fun in general? Lucky for you, we had him reveal his top 5 favorite dive bars in Nashville.