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Over the years, outlaw country cult hero Ray Wylie Hubbard pared down his approach, gaining more musical and poetic power in the process. This proved more evident than ever on 2012's The Grifter's Hymnal. With a minimalist's arsenal of primal blues riffs and a sunbaked Texas growl, he delivers songs full of black humor, striking poetic imagery, and a Zen-informed spiritual sensibility. But Hubbard remains resolutely grounded in earthy antics. "Mother Blues" wryly tells how he met his wife in his early days of gigging, and in the midst of the setting the satanic scene on "New Year's Eve at the Gates of Hell," he finds time to castigate his former label boss by name.

Customer Reviews

just keeps getting better...

I went to the CD release party at Lone Star Music in Gruene last night and bought the new album while I was there so Ray could sign it. I have listened to it at least 6 times today and I like every song on it, and I'm not sure yet, but overall this might be his best album so far! He mixes some very personal moments in some of these songs like talking about his son Lucas playing guitar, and being grateful how he gets to share the stage with him and other very talented musicians and grateful that he can write these songs and sing them for all of us. This world should be grateful for artists like Ray Wylie Hubbard, he is one in a million!

At last...

In the vast wasteland of today's music it is a relief to know that we can still depend on Ray Wylie Hubbard to deliver the rock & roll country blues wrapped in truth and passion. Most of the time I scrounging through the new releases or digging through old music trying to find something- anything- that can set the soul on fire and ignite a good-time feeling. After hearing Springsteen's latest release, a collection of lifeless dirges, I thought the year was going to be nothing but downhill. But now RWH has shown us all that the rock & roll spirit is still alive and well, at least in Texas.

Awesome substance

Rwh is always a mixed bag of music but he always manages to mesh all of it into an amazing album. He just gets better with age!


Born: November 13, 1946 in Soper, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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