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Editors’ Notes

If we take even a small percentage of Ray Wylie Hubbard's lyrics on Eternal and Lowdown literally, then he's due to serve several millennia in purgatory (if not someplace hotter) for his lifestyle. The album overflows with first-person tales of reprobates whose reckless actions imperil both their earthly lives and their immortal souls. The greasy, bluesy slide guitar licks framing Hubbard's raw-throated rumble make all that sinning sound irresistible. Even when Hubbard lets in a little tenderness on the Southern soul–inflected "Didn't Have a Prayer" or the quiet, reflective "After All These Years," you know that whiskey grin can't be far from his lips.

Customer Reviews

Ray Wylie is a classic man of the road..

"Its the job of the night people to get the Day People's Money" This guy is a real work of art.. Just saw him at a small club here in Richmond Area and he is a living legend.. A breath of fresh music air in this current crappy music environment...


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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