Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Country Fever

If you were in the mood for some deep blues and dark poetry you came out to see the "Wylie Lama" Ray Wylie Hubbard. An Oklahoman by birth he grew up in Oak Cliff Texas. Famous for his hit "Up against the wall Redneck Mother" Hubbard went to high school with Michael Martin Murphy and spent some time honing his craft as a folk singer in New Mexico. Ray Wylie Hubbard's song writing is revered by up and coming musicians in the red dirt scene and many like Cross Canadian Ragweed have covered his songs. Often using poetic imagery to weave detailed character studies and mythical proverbs deep and dark into a bluesy groove, Hubbard is a gritty, greasy slice of true Americana. After over coming alcohol with the help of Stevie Ray Vaughan he began to focus again on his music. Songs like "Dust of the Chase" and "Conversations with the Devil" envoke a spell binding demand for your attention. One of my favorites, which is of a lighter theme is "Screw you , were from Texas" and the humorous "Snake Farm" Hubbard has a thirteen year old son who often shares the stage on guitar with him but during the press conference i attended with Hubbard, he stated that Lucas "did not want to ride up from Texas to Pryor stuck in a car with a bunch of old guys" so filling in was another up and coming guitar player and songwriter by the name of Seth James. Ray stuck around after the press conference to to talk with fans and was kind enough to sign my hat. Dont forget to take a listen to New Braunfels radio 92.1 KNBT for Ray Wylie Hubbard's Americana show "Roots & Branches"

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