Ray is only playing 3 places in CA this tour, and we have him for the only Saturday!
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.”
Hubbard is one of those musicians who don’t fit comfortably into anybody’s safe little niche. He’s not really country, blues, rock or folk, but he’s all of those things. He plays a mean slide guitar and invokes people like Lightnin’ Hopkins in a rough hewn voice which, to paraphrase his old buddy Jerry Jeff Walker, sounds like the voice of age when he speaks right out. It’s not age as in old, but age as being tapped into some inner wisdom – some seam that allows him to gather the past and the present together to reveal little gems of truth.
Ray Wylie Hubbard has risen over the last decade to elder statesman stature within the Texas music scene as well as earning his place as one of the most esteemed songwriters within American roots music. It’s an accomplishment that actually surprises him. “For so many years I was this wild child of progressive country. I wasn’t even thinking about the future, much less anything like a legacy. And now here I am at 58, still doing it,” he notes with his typically wry bemusement. And, it should be noted, despite Hubbard’s characteristic modesty, he’s doing it better than ever, if also as well as anyone does contemporary folk spiced by blues, rock and country these days.
In August 2017 he returned with the studio album Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can, – in which the Americana maverick delivers divine comedy, devilish groove and enlightened wisdom on self – produced set with guests Lucinda Williams, Eric Church, Patty Griffin and psych- rockers Bright Light Social Hour – just released August 18.