Ray Wylie Hubbard
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|Ray Wylie Hubbard|
Hubbard in 2018
November 13, 1946|
Soper, Oklahoma, United States
|Genres||Americana, Country, Blues rock, Country Rock|
|Labels||Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers), Rounder|
|Associated acts||Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, Eric Church, Lucinda Williams|
Ray Wylie Hubbard (born November 13, 1946) is an Americana singer and songwriter.
Hubbard was born in the town of Soper, Oklahoma. His family moved to Oak Cliff in southwest 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.
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
He continues to write, tour and record.
- 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
- 2017 Tell The Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can – Bordello Records
- A Life... Well, Lived – A biography and memoir published in 2015.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Ray Wylie Hubbard biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
- Temple, Georgia (November 15, 2011). "Ray". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- Kurt Wolff, Orla Duane - Country Music: The Rough Guide 2000- Page 359 1858285348 "During the mid-'70s he and his band recorded tor Atlantic and Warner Brothers, then Hubbard cut a solo album, OFF THE WALL, for Willie Nelson's Lone Star label"
- from an interview on Americana Music Show #254, published July 7, 2015.