Ray Wylie Hubbard

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When it comes to down ’n’ dirty roots ’n’ roll, nobody in the
wide world of Americana music today does it better than
Ray Wylie Hubbard.
From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride
through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the
honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s
songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bonafide legend by the
time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. Beginning with
2001’s aptly-titled Eternal and Lowdown through to his latest and greatest
release, 2015’s The Ruffian’s Misfortune, he has spent well over a decade
now chasing hellhounds through muddy waters and deep into the underbelly
of the blues, with a Lightnin’ Hopkins gleam in his eyes and a Rolling Stones
swagger in his step

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02/10/2011 - Like father, like son: Lucas Hubbard follows in dadís music-making footsteps - Read More
08/11/2010 - Ray Wylie Hubbard advises on higher education and proper parenting  - Read More
06/02/2010 - Roots and Branches - Read More
05/08/2010 - Musician has penchant for paradox  - Read More
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06/01/2006 - Ray Wylie Hubbard Q&A - Read More
12/03/2004 - Ray Wylie Hubbard Q&A '04 - Read More
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 62

Ray Wylie Hubbard  01/16/2005            
Mitch MacKay
Ray Wylie: You da best. I love Talking Devil Blues, play it every day. Around these parts there's nobody even gunning for you. You could slip into town without the least hassle, get out the same way. And that's not bad for any outlaw to consider, Lee Clayton included. Mitch MacKay
Ray Wylie Hubbard  08/19/2004            
Chance Browning
Hey out there in Texas. I miss home but I still have it with me whenever I listen to this album. Ray is AWESOME. I'm out here in the navy out west in San Diego but would rather be home in Texas. And like I said Ray brings home to me whereever I am at.
Ray Wylie Hubbard  09/02/2003            
Jeff Hopson
On the subject of RWH's new "Growl" cd let me first say that as a long time Ray fan, I can appreciate the artistic notion that to try and make your best record over and over again is the wrong road to travel; it smacks of insincerity, and dilutes that wonderful chemistry that made the artist "great" to begin with, leaving him a washed out caricature of himself. Ray Wylie Hubbard, I believe, has never been a man to rest on his laurels. When a career spans as many years as does Hubbards, change and resculpting becomes essential to survival as an artist. I agree with some who have said the lyrical content of "Growl" isn't as deep and philosophical/poetic as, say, Loco Gringo's Lament or Dangerous Spirits, but what he is painting for us on "Growl" isn't another excursion into Philosophy and spirituality; it's an intentional portrayal of simple southern life lived by not so simple sinners and saints. It can't be so eloquent or lofty because the descent to those lower rings of Hell have to be portrayed in their true essence in order for the listener to be transported there and have the experience be as real as possible. Fans of Ray Wylie Hubbard should know this about the man; that he's all about "taking us there".
Ray Wylie Hubbard  08/27/2003            
Growl is a gritty masterpiece. This is my favorite RWH album to date! I love it when an artist goes out on a limb to re-invigorate their style and Ray has really pulled this one off. I can't help but dance along with this album even down to the satirical "Screw You". Plus seeing him Live is an experience like no other artist gives.
Ray Wylie Hubbard  08/25/2003            
I've only heard the "We're from Texas" cut from the Growl CD, but I LOVED it. Never really thought of myself as a RWH fan, never have seen him perform live, never bought his CD's. But as a native Texan (5th generation)that song just reasonated for me. It reminds me of all the "old guy" Texans I have known over the years, but it has an energy and sense of fun that even my out-of-state college kids will enjoy. Sure there's a bit of pandering involved, but for those of us who bemoan the genericizing(?) of all things Texan, I think it is the real deal. The rest of the CD should be so good!
Ray Wylie Hubbard  07/02/2003            
The Truth
First, I have been a RWH fan for a long time and always will be. He is one of the better songwriters out there, which is why it literally breaks my heart to have to admit this. "Growl" gets three stars instead of two merely for the fact that RWH is stretching himself a bit by introducing a sort of delta bluesy type sound in his music. However, the compliments end there. The songwriting is the weakest it has been in the last decade. Almost every line on the record became predictable after the first two songs. Then I realized that nearly every song sounded exactly the same. Same instrumentation, same style and almost the same tempos. I don't know if that was Gurf Morlix's (the record's producer) fault, but he has produced some fairly good records in the past, and this is not up to standard. The final blow came with the last song. I nearly wrecked my car when I heard it. "Screw You, We're From Texas"....I am not sure how to take this song. I first thought it was some kind of joke and waited eagerly for the punch line. But the joke was on me. It finally dawned on me that this was some sort of ham-handed attempt to pander to the "Pat-Charlie-Cory" crowd. His mention of the 13th Floor Elevators (for those who aren't familiar, they were a very original and influential psychedelic band from the 60's Austin music scene) and Stevie Ray Vaughn do not even come close to salvaging this song. I am from Texas and I love this state as much if not more than anyone else, but by-God, why did you put this song out Ray? Maybe this album was rushed during recording, maybe Ray really had nothing to say with his music this time around, but the lack of depth and effort in exploring his new "bluesy-sound" really showed.
Ray Wylie Hubbard  04/14/2003            
It's a shame that Ray isn't playing what you want to hear from him but rather exploring his own musical roots and muses. Ray is on a musical journey, LGL was one step on that journey and Growl is another. If it was about making the same thing every time out it would be stagnant and boring. Ray is following his muse and taking a chance every time out. While Eternal and Lowdown is my favorite this record runs a close second. It has moments of brilliance and an attitude and feel unlike anything else out there today. Kudos to Ray for maintaining his integrity and making kick ass music.
Ray Wylie Hubbard  04/08/2003            
After a string of well thought out albums and one true classic (Lococ Gringo Lament), this one is a real disappointment. It wreaks of something that was rushed and poorly planned. Too much rock (folk is what we want to hear from RWH), now "classic" lyrics, and one song seems to run into the next (and I am not saying this in a positive way). While none of his releases compared to LGL, they all had enough high-points to make them worth listening to on a regular basis. As for Growl, it will most likely rarely if ever leave my case. Sorry, but this is how I see it. As for RWH, I hold him in high esteem and write this off to bad "exploration" which happens to all musicians at some point in their careers (everyone has a dog)
Ray Wylie Hubbard  03/12/2003            
Checked out Ray at The Qld Quarter last weekend. The man just gets better and better. If the CD is anything like the live stuff I witnessed, it will be his best to date....I give him all the A's and All the Stars..... Ray Wylie Hubbard is a one and only.
Ray Wylie Hubbard  07/16/2001            
I've listened to "Eternal and Lowdown twice and each experience has created a different mood. His style of simplicity, yet depth has always amazed me, no different here. The songs are honest enough to be played for most occasions and listeners. There's no big "radio hit" here, just RWH doing his thing well and hopefully sending the listener away with a "keeper" for the collection...
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