Ray Wylie Hubbard
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|Ray Wylie Hubbard|
Hubbard performing in Austin, Texas 2009
November 13, 1946 |
|Genres||Country, red dirt, folk, rock|
|Associated acts||Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle|
Ray Wylie Hubbard (born November 13, 1946) is a Texas country singer and songwriter.
Hubbard was born in the town of Soper, Oklahoma. His family moved to Oak Cliff in south Dallas, Texas in 1954. He attended W. H. Adamson High School with Michael Martin Murphey. Hubbard graduated in 1965 and enrolled in college, at the University of North Texas, as an English major. He spent the summers in Red River, New Mexico playing folk music.
During his time in New Mexico, Hubbard wrote "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother", made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 recording. Bolstered by the success of the song, he was signed by Warner Bros. Records and he then put together a band of friends and locals and in 1976 released Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies. Unbeknownst to Hubbard, after he had finished recording his version of the album, producer Michael Brovsky took the sparse yet heartfelt recordings and decided to "Nashville-ize" the sound by adding larger overdub mixes than necessary and female backup singers to what should have been a more intimate sound as first envisioned. The end result was "a botched sound" that Hubbard disapproved of vehemently, but despite his attempts to block it, it was still released.
Despite the anticipation of a successful debut by the label based on the new recordings, sales were poor and refused to let Hubbard go out and perform the album on tour in support of the album. Soon after the label dropped him from their roster and Hubbard has since distanced himself from the album, saying, "It sucked then and it still sucks. If you have any shred of compassion at all in your heart for me or any musician who got screwed by some jerk in authority at a record label, then don't buy this mistake."
Hubbard then recorded albums for other various labels for the next 10 years but struggled with sales; his mix of country, folk and blues elements did not find an audience. Although he recorded several well-written and produced albums (to little to no success), by 1985 he left the music scene after struggling with personal problems. His last album was Caught in the Act - Misery Loves (1984) (on his newly formed Company Records label).
He returned to recording in the early 1990s, and released his album Lost Train of Thought in 1992, followed by Loco Gringo's Lament in 1994 and eventually a steady following began to re-discover Hubbard's music and has been recording steadily since.
2000s and beyond
Sales of his albums have resurged, he tours constantly, and as of 2005 he has website titled www.raywylie.com where he shares commentary with friends and fans alike with new releases, and comments on his events and life through his Twitter handle @raywylie. From his home in Wimberley Texas, near New Braunfels, Texas, Hubbard hosts a Tuesday night radio show called "Roots & Branches," where he plays Texas rock, country and Outlaw music.
- 1976 Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies – Warner Bros.
- 1978 Off the Wall – Lone Star Records, Polygram
- 1980 Something About the Night – Renegade Records
- 1984 Caught in the Act – Misery Loves Company Records
- 1991 Lost Train of Thought – Misery Loves Company Records
- 1994 Loco Gringo's Lament – DejaDisc Records
- 1997 Dangerous Spirits – Rounder/Philo Records
- 1998 Live at Cibolo Creek – Misery Loves Company Records
- 1999 Crusades of the Restless Knights – Rounder/Philo Records
- 2001 Eternal & Lowdown – Rounder/Philo Records
- 2003 GROWL – Rounder/Philo Records
- 2005 Delirium Tremolos – Rounder/Philo Records
- 2006 Snake Farm
- 2010 A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers/RED)
- 2012 The Grifter’s Hymnal – Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers/RED)
- 2015 The Ruffian's Misfortune – Bordello Records
- 1993 "Something About the Night"
- 2005 "Drivin’ Wheel"
- 2005 "Tall Tales Cartoon"
- 2006 "Snake Farm"
- 2006 "Resurrection"
- 2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
- A Life... Well, Lived – A biography and memoir scheduled to be released in the fall of 2015.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Ray Wylie Hubbard biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
- Temple, Georgia (November 15, 2011). "Ray Wylie Hubbard headlines Alpine's ArtWalk Saturday". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- from an interview on Americana Music Show #254, published July 7, 2015
- from an interview on Americana Music Show #254, published July 7, 2015.