A Truer Sampler 03 – Ray Wylie Hubbard

OK, this one was really hard to whittle down to 80 minutes. But I think what I came up with is a good overview of an artist I can only describe as a lyrical genius. Ray Wylie Hubbard is my latest musical obsession, download this sampler to find out why. Nasty grooves, gruff vocals, killer slide guitar, and some of the best damn lyrics you’re likely to ever hear. Now on this disc I had to leave out his most famous song (made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker in the 70’s) “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” but you can find a killer version of it on the Stingaree bootleg I previously posted. I also did not put a song off his first album after his reinvention as, what I like to describe as “a mystic troubador”, 1992’s “Lost Train of Thought”. Though It has some good songs on it, the flow was better without them.
Now I seriously love Ray Wylie Hubbard….I think he is the best artist out there performing and recording right now. I first heard of him a long time ago….with the aforementioned song “Redneck Mother”. I kind of thought he just faded into obscurity during the 70’s never to be heard from again. Fast forward to a couple of years ago, I hear the song “Choctaw Bingo” on a DBT station I created on Pandora.com. “Holy Shit, this song is amazing” I thought, so I did a little research and found out that he had in fact faded into obscurity & drug addiction during the 70’s and 80’s, only to clean himself up and be “musically reborn” in the early 90’s. He took his first guitar lessons, and learned to play the blues like Lightnin’ Hopkins….and man he can play it too. Then he started putting out killer album after killer album….I went out and bought them all (well I had to order most of them). Every album was fantastic, I especially like “Eternal and Lowdown”. I would call that his masterpiece, it’s just a perfect album from start to finish. And “Choctaw Bingo” though it’s a James McMurtry song, is in my top 10 of greatest songs ever….it’s a song I wish would never end….I just want to hear more and more, and when Ray Wylie sings it you believe every last word of it
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ATS03 – Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • citysavage

    January 2nd, 2011


    At the end of every year I go through the PopMatters and Pitchfork “best of” lists to find good new music I missed. This year PopMatters named Ray Wylie Hubbard’s album one of the best Americana albums of the year. I had never heard of Ray Wylie Hubbard but after one viewing of him singing “Drunken Poet’s Dream” I knew that would have to change. From there it was a quick Google search to your website. Now I’m listening to your compilation, sipping my favorite Bourbon, and my eyes are wet with tears this is so good. I will buy Ray Wylie Hubbard’s new album and I will find a way to see him perform, even if it means driving from Boston to Austin, but I am grateful for your sampler and for your loving introduction to his work.

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