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Ray Wylie Hubbard

A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother." Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-'50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey. Befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Hubbard later formed a trio named Three Faces West, which regularly performed at the Outpost lub in Red River, New Mexico, a musical hotbed also trafficked by artists including Steve lb and Bill & Bonnie Hearne. Upon the breakup of Three Faces West, Hubbard toured the southwestern coffeehouse circuit as a solo act before forming another group, Texas Fever; they too proved short-lived, and he returned to New Mexico to again take up residence at the Outpost.

While in Red River, Hubbard rekindled his friendship with Walker, who in 1973 recorded Hubbard's most famous (if least representative) composition, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," on his acclaimed Viva Terlingua LP. The success of the album guaranteed Hubbard instant cult status within progressive country circles, and at the same time, he set about organizing a new backing band, dubbed the Cowboy Twinkies. Considered by many the first cowpunk group -- their regular set lists included everything from Merle Haggard songs to a show-stopping cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" -- the Cowboy Twinkies' music met considerable resistance in both country and rock quarters; frustrated, Hubbard funded a demo tape that won the group a contract with Atlantic. However, the label left the band in limbo, and they finally jumped ship to Warner Bros., which shipped them off to Nashville to record their debut LP, Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies.

Released in 1975, the album suffered from label-imposed over-production and fared poorly; Hubbard did not resurface prior to 1978, when he signed to Willie Nelson's short-lived Lone Star imprint to record Off the Wall, which contained his own version of "Redneck Mother." The following year Hubbard acquired a new backing unit in the form of the Lost Gonzo Band, previously Walker's supporting group; comprised of guitarist John Inmon, bassist Bob Livingston, and drummer Paul Pearcy, they recorded the live LP Caught in the Act. By 1984, Hubbard was backed by the Bugs Henderson Trio, which featured guitarist Henderson, bassist Bobby Chitwood, and drummer Ron Thompson; with them he cut another live effort, Something About the Night.

Hubbard didn't record for another eight years, instead building a small but loyal following through constant touring. Finally, he issued Lost Train of Thought on his own Misery Loves Co. label in 1992, followed in 1995 by the Dejadisc release Loco Gringos Lament. Dangerous Spirits appeared two years later, and in 1999 Hubbard returned with Crusades of the Restless Nights. Eternal & Lowdown, which was issued in summer 2001, captured the haunting poetics of religion, philosophy, and salvation. It was followed in 2003 by the raw and gripping Growl, the laid-back Delirium Tremolos in 2005, and Snake Farm in 2006. Hubbard's near constant touring schedule and curating his own Grit 'N' Groove Festival in 2009 and 2010 kept him busy. He eventually emerged with A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) in 2011, and followed it up with The Grifter's Hymnal in 2012. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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One of the more original good country singers. Like the harmonica, as well as frequent Biblical references. Adds a richness to the songs meaning
the vocal equal of a mississippi flush
aaaahhh ray, the real deal. great piker, writer and see him live if you ever can he will give you your moneys worth, oh yeah.
"No one seems concerned about their saviors procrastinat i o n "
epapie
& 4 YEARS thought this was a Jerry Jeff tune
armadillo65
Saw RWH this past weekend in Athens, GA. Still doing one great show!!
My friends band The Bogarts play a lot of his stuff. So if your ever around the Jamestown NY earia
Great cowboy song !!
Could listen to the country blues all the time
A Fox just does what a Fox does . Granddad don't like Yankees .
Play more Ray Wiley Hubbard
jmmahoney
We just saw him at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and were just blown away.
He's raw, driving, and brilliant, weaving gritty personal stories, with classic literary references into vivid imagery you can *feel* ...that with a bassless beat that rocks your core.
We ended up having the great honor of meeting him, and he invited us, as his guests, to his show the next day.
Not only is he an iconic musician's musician, but he's a damn nice guy, too!!
He had Lucas with him, too, whose obviously inhe
ONE OF THE GRATEST. PERIOD.
First Saw Ray at the Blue Door in OKC in the 90's. Been a fan ever since
Ray Wylie is touring, do find then. think they are doing a couple site IN NC
Ray played Victor Idaho last night and tore the place up. Time well spent enjoying his talents!
Ray Wylie Hubbard is the best artist ever !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Stumbling across a Nashville Music Row created desert, and you discover a cool drink of water like Ray Wylie Hubbard, thanks to Outlaw Country and Pandora for keeping choice and access alive!
LOVE him!
Love him!!!!and if ya don't like him we don't give a damn!!
I bet he has a slow swing on the dance floor.
Nobody is like RWH at all.....ever . . . . t h e best
Nobody is like RWH, especially on 'The Beauty Way
I moved to Austin to see ray. James McMurtry and many other Texas outlaw types live
rj.madness
he is a born okie, transplanted to texas, and hot hot hot.
Saw Ray Wiley Hubbard at Knuckleheads in KC on a cold, rainy night, but soon the stage was smoking hot. It's as good as music gets.
foe326
Shannon Canada turned me on to RWH. Ragweed did a great cover of Wanna Rock and Roll. Saw him live last year. Check out his son on guitar!! Kicks butt!!
I asked RWH who Ramona was. He said he just made her up, lol
lancelydy
WE SAW RAY IN PORTLAND AND I HAVE BEEN A HUGE FAN EVER SINCE! HE IS SO REAL AND AN AWESOME SONGWRITER!
How is this guy not better known? He's one of the best songwriters on the alt. country scene IMHO. His albums are always strong, check out Live at Cibolo Creek Country Club for starters. I saw Ray & Hayes Carll on ACL the other night. Hayes said that was RWH's 1st visit to ACL. I mean, how is that possible? He's been writing great music since the 70's. In fact, the first time I saw him was in a small club in Norman, OK in 1976. He's coming to the Blue Door in OKC later this spring & I can't wait
smkd8214
Ray Wilie is the Sh*&. Texas Blues from the heart
I concur
slblackburn5
this is real music
Beth Irwin- How was the 12/17 show in Nashville? We love Ray Wylie and have been to several of his shows while living in Texas! My husband met him at show at the Granada, in TX and asked Ray Wylie to autograph a picture of our golden retriever -(whose name is also "Ray Wylie"-(afte r Ray Wylie!!) Ray Wylie did this and said ("he had never had a dog named after hime before") Love him!! Dottie and Rocke
brianshort0
Great tune
beth1278
looking forward to seeing RWH at the Jammin at Hippie Jack's TV recording in Nashville on Dec. 17th and its free!! How cool is that?? the show's website:
www.myhippie j a c k . c o m
I'm gonna go see this legend tonight. I am SO excited!
Snake Farm, just sounds nasty!
juliepharis
he makes the texas cut
cinstock4
okay... so i have to admit... someone turned me on to RWH... and i cannot get enough.... dude... just email me. would love to hear from ya... cinsto@hotma i l . c o m . . . . . thanks
cinstock4
would love to see Ray Wylie Hubbard one day... in Florida... Tampa to be exact. Hey Bub... let me know when You might want to visit!
Love me some Ray Wylie Hubbard. I was lucky enough to see him again in OKC the other night, what a great performer he is. Great music, great stories, an excellent show. I really can't say enough good things about him. Don't miss the chance to see RWH if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed .
billyhell
I love RWH! When I grow up I want to be like brother Ray!
The Best
Love HIM! Living in the Dallas area I've experienced his live shows several times. Hard to pick a fave song out of all his, but Stolen Horses is close to the top. Too bad most people know him by Red Neck Mother, not really his best work. He is truly a gifted song writer who speaks to my soul.
Have seen him live several times -- he is just great.
eternal & lowdown is the best
jklebert
My kinda guy. "I don't care if I ever go to Delaware anyway"
he's real country and real rock.he's one of the coolest guys i've ever laid ears on. terry
ray wylie is the last great storyteller, not since hank has a man put words together that has made you stop, listen, and think. he's done his craft proud
Ray Wylie is a living legend of country blues and the rebel country movement. He and a few more like him keep country music alive, at least the country I grew up with. I discovered Ray Wylie Hubbard on XM channel 12 (cross country) and I could not be happier. From Conversation s With the Devil, Dallas After Midnight and Snake Farm I appreciate his genius. He may not think he is a genius but I do. Thank you, Ray, for all the music you have given us.
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