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Three Faces West (Ray Wylie Hubbard’s first band) – The Outpost, New Mexico, 1972

So here is the treat I promised you. This is some amazing stuff right here. Now I only expect the most hardcore of Ray Wylie fans to be familiar with Three Faces West. You see Ray Wylie Hubbard started out as Ray Hubbard, folkie, playing what he called “Cosmic Cowboy Music”. He was contemporaries with Michael Martin Murphy, B.W. Stevenson and Steve Fromholz (on this recording). He had formed a band with Rick Fowler and Wayne Kidd called Three Faces West and recorded an album in 1969 that according to Steve Fromholz, was the only album more obscure than his own debut album. This was before Willie moved back to Texas, and the music they were making along with Townes Van Zandt and The Flatlanders was very much the beginnings of the Texas “progressive country” scene that would come to dominate the Texas music scene throughout the 70s. This is an audio time capsule of that era.

(Below: Three Faces West 1969 L-R Wayne Kidd, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rick Fowler)

Now like I said, this is folkie stuff. Those only familiar with Ray’s output from the last two decades may be taken off guard by this. Musically this has more in common with Crosby, Stills, and Nash than greasy slide guitars. You’ve got harmonizing, and lots of acoustic guitars going on here. There are glimmers though of Ray’s future recorded output, such as Healing Preacher and an early version of his song Portales (which is also on his first solo album, and his 1992 album Lost Train Of Thought).

I feel like I’m talking too much about Ray Wylie’s input when there are other amazing artists on this set as well. Such as Steve Fromholz, who is probably most famous for touring with Steven Stills (which he talks about here), and writing The Texas Trilogy which was later recorded by fellow Texan Lylle Lovett. Some of the other artists on here are slightly more obscure. Dan McCrimmon who worked closely with Fromholz makes a few appearances, and you also have the other members of Three Faces West, Rick Fowler and Wayne Kidd. I could not find any info on those two, or what they are up to now, but I have to wonder if the Rick Fowler from Three Faces West is the same Rick Fowler who runs this Karate School right outside of Dallas. It is good to see however that Bill and Bonnie Hearne are still together, still playing and still recording.

If anybody has any information about what some of these folks are up to now, I would love to know just because this is such a great recording. Yes did I mention that. Not only is this recording historically important to “Progressive Country”, “Americana”, “Texas Country” or whatever the hell they are calling it this week, it’s also a fucking great recording with damn near perfect sound. I would give this a solid A in the sound category.  If you are a die hard fan of Ray Wylie Hubbard….you’re gonna want to get this. If you are a fan of “progressive texas cosmic americountry music” you are going to want to get this. If you are a fan of country rock and folk rock in the vein of Crosby Stills and Nash you will likely want to get this as well.

Here is a great article that talks about Ray Wylie Hubbard’s early days as a singer/songwriter

I didn’t make the back artwork for this because it would have been to hard to put 4 discs on one thing and well I’m not sure anyone even uses the back artwork. All the info is included in the info file (which I updated to correct some info and song titles), and I will include the track list in this post below. Also worth mentioning is even though I don’t have an exact date for this. At one point they mention Labor Day being next weekend which means the most likely date for this recording is August 25th, and 26th of 1972. It’s obvious this was recorded over at least a two night set so, that’s the best guess I have.

I would like to also mention that if anyone has a digital copy of the out of print Three Faces West album, or the out of print Fromholz album please pass it along to me and I would be greatly in your debt.

Disc 1
1. Won’t You Listen To Me – Steve Fromholz
2. She’ll Sing For You – Steve Fromholz
3. Banter – Steve Fromholz
4. Rock And Roll Woman [Buffalo Springfield] – Steve Fromholz 
5. Stubby Intro – Steve Fromholz
6. Stubby – Steve Fromholz
7. Dimmy Jeans Banter – Steve Fromholz
8. I Will Try – Steve Fromholz
9. Everybody’s Going On The Road – Steve Fromholz
10. Rest Area Waltz Intro – Steve Fromholz
11. Rest Area Waltz – Steve Fromholz
12. Banter – Steve Fromholz & Dan McCrimmon
13. Man With The Big Hat – Steve Fromholz & Dan McCrimmon
14. Saxton County Wildman Intro – Three Faces West
15. Saxton County Wildman – Three Faces West
16. Square Dance Banter – Three Faces West
17. Swing Your Partner One More Time – Three Faces West
18. Kansas Legend Intro – Three Faces West
19. Kansas Legend – Wayne Kidd & Dan McCrimmon
20. Portales Intro – Three Faces West
21. Portales – Three Faces West
22. Banter – Three Faces West
23. You Can Only Say So Much [Michael Martin Murphy] – Three Faces West

Disc 2
1. West Texas Highway – Three Faces West
2. Freeway Church Of Christ Intro – Three Faces West
3. Freeway Church of Christ – Three Faces West
4. Portales – Three Faces West
5. Grizzly Bear Intro – Three Faces West
6. Grizzly Bear – Three Faces West
7. Everybody’s Going On The Road – Three Faces West
8. Banter – Three Faces West
9. Love Just Comes Along (Then It’s Gone) – Three Faces West
10. Jazzbo Dancer Intro – Ray Wylie Hubbard
11. Jazzbo Dancer – Ray Wylie Hubbard
12. Wildfire Intro – Three Faces West
13. Wildfire [Michael Martin Murphy] – Three Faces West
14. Healing Preacher Intro – Three Faces West
15. Healing Preacher – Three Faces West

Disc 3
1. Black Eyed Peas Intro – Three Faces West
2. Black Eyed Peas – Three Faces West
3. Tin Can Jamboree Intro – Three Faces West
4. Tin Can Jamboree – Three Faces West
5. Everybody’s Going On The Road Intro – Three Faces West
6. Everybody’s Going On The Road – Three Faces West
7. Me and My Uncle Intro – Three Faces West
8. Me and My Uncle [John Phillips] – Three Faces West
9. Piece of His Cross – Three Faces West
10. Morning Stormbird Intro – Ray Wylie Hubbard
11. Morning Stormbird – Ray Wylie Hubbard
12. Drunken Lady Intro – Three Faces West
13. Drunken Lady Of The Morning [Michael Martin Murphy] – Three Faces West
14. Closing Banter – Three Faces West
15. Grizzly Bear – Three Faces West
16. West Texas Highway – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
17. White Line Fever [Merle Haggard] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
18. Boy From The Country Intro – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
19. Boy From The Country [Michael Martin Murphy] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
20. You Ain’t Going Nowhere [Bob Dylan] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
21. Blue Morning – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
22. Muddy Boggy Intro – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
23. Muddy Boggy Banjo Man [Ray Wylie Hubbard] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
24. Wild Geese Intro – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
25. Wild Geese [Ian Tyson] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne
26. Rock Me On The Water [Jackson Browne] – Bill & Bonnie Hearne

Disc 4
1. West Texas Highway – Three Faces West
2. Rainbow Man – Three Faces West
3. Ricochet – Three Faces West
4. Me and My Uncle – Three Faces West
5. Banjo Breakdown – Three Faces West
6. Blackbird [The Beatles] – Three Faces West
7. You Can Only Say So Much – Three Faces West
8. Southwestern Pilgrimage [Michael Martin Murphey] – Three Faces West
9. Coming Down To The Metroplex – Three Faces West
10. Saturday Night [The Eagles] – Three Faces West
11. Won’t You Listen To Me [Steve Fromholz] – Three Faces West
12. Wildfire – Three Faces West
13. Black Betty – Three Faces West

MP3 @ 192
Download Three Faces West – The Outpost 1972 here

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Drunken Poets Dream (vid)

I’m just going to go ahead and declare this Ray Wylie Hubbard week at ATS, which means I have something extra special for you folks coming this weekend. For now though, enjoy this excellent high quality HD vid of Ray Wylie performing and acoustic version of the song Drunken Poet’s Dream off his new album.  This was recorded during last weeks Music Fest in Steamboat, Colorado by the fine folks over at Music Fog who are doing God’s work when it comes to capturing great artists on high quality vids.

Album Review: Ray Wylie Hubbard – A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C)

It’s been 4 years since Ray Wylie Hubbard’s last album Snake Farm. That album was a massive chunk of blues, county, and rock so greasy the pharmaceutical industry had to start manufacturing Lipitor commercially.* In those 4 years Mr. Hubbard has been pretty damned busy. Touring all over the place, helping Hayes Carll get the attention he deserved, writing a script, getting said script turned into a movie, turning his son Lucas into a genuine guitar slayer, launching a music festival, hosting a weekly radio show, and writing and recording the album I am supposed to be talking about here.

The album takes it’s title from the first song, and while it’s certainly a mouthful of an album title, the song, much like “Knives of Spain” from his 2003 album Growl, sets the tone for the entire album, . And that’s the closest comparison I can make for this album….it’s very reminiscent of Growl’s bluesy grit, groove, and tone as Ray Wylie is so fond of saying. I would venture to say this is his bluesiest effort to date, with greasy slide guitar licks augmented by those mystically poetic lyrics that have become his trademark. In the promo copy that accompanies this album, it states that Ray Wylie once wished he could become a hybid of Guy Clark and John Lee Hooker….an admirable goal to aspire to and one that I for one think he has transcended. 

Now let’s talk about some of the songs on here. Currently my favorite is “Black Wings”, which if you’ve watched any of the vids I’ve posted on here you should have heard before. The lyrical imagery of this song just kills me: “fly away on them ol’ wings, black as they may be/shimmering like a leslie and a hammond B-3″ and “trusting in a duo-jet and a 9-volt battery/fly away on them ol’ wings, black as they may be”. He also name drops the Stella guitar in this song….which I’m only mentioning so I can brag that I have one! Another song I want to point out is the lone ballad on this album called “Loose”. This song is the odd man out on this album but it’s so fucking good it’s like finding a chicken nugget in your french fry box. This song is the bait that finally hooks you on this album right before the fire and brimstone of the last three songs kicks in. I’m pretty sure these last three were intended for the Last Rites of Ransom Pride soundtrack, and holy crap are they mood setters. The final song let’s you know it’s THE FINAL SONG. Fans of the show Deadwood should certainly enjoy the final stretch.

Speaking of Hayes Carll who I mentioned a couple paragraphs up, this album also features Ray Wylie’s version of the song “Drunken Poet’s Dream” which he co-wrote with Hayes. Ray’s version strips the song down to it’s essence and while the lyric about paying his student loan seems out of place, Ray still makes you believe every last word of the song with his grizzled voice dancing above the overdriven guitar licks. Rays version made me hear lyrics I had never paid attention to in the song before, and that is why I am such a fan of his music. He doesn’t just sing a song…..he propels the lyrics out of the speakers and into your ears in such a manner that makes it nearly impossible to ignore them. Even with all that amazing guitar work by his son Lucas going on.

Buy Ray Wylie Hubbard – A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) here

(download links removed per requeststream the songs here, or stream the whole album here)
Listen to Ray Wylie Hubbard – Black Wings here
Listen to Ray Wylie Hubbard – Loose here

(*while this fact remains to be proven, it should be noted that both hit the market in 2006….coincidence?…) 

FINALLY!, a (real) Last Rites of Ransom Pride teaser

So you guys know I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out since I heard of it. I mean, it’s a western starring Kris Kristofferson, & Dwight Yoakam, and it’s written by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Also soundtrack by Ray Wylie himself. Did I also mention the gun totin’ dwarf!!??

View the trailer here at the official website  Make sure to poke around the site to see some more goodies, and more vids can be found here. Apparently this is some kind of viral marketing thing too, so if you go to you can sign up to get a peak at another teaser. (I haven’t got mine sent to me yet….waiting on “the siamese twins” or some mess)

Word is that this will be a digital download some point early this year…..which I hope means the within the next 6 weeks. A shame this thing will not see nationwide release, but fuck I can’t even find Crazy Heart playing at any theater within 100 miles.

In related Ray Wylie Hubbard news, look for his latest album A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkment, Hint: There is No C. next tuesday at your music vendor of choice (pre-order at and get an autographed copy).

News Roundup: new DBT, new Reckless Kelly, and new Ray Wylie Hubbard!

How bout a quick news blurb? Just wanted to tell you guys about 3 albums I’m excited about next year.

  • Got official word yesterday that The Drive By Truckers’ new album, titled “The Big To-Do”, will be out March 16th on ATO records, their new record label. What does Patterson have to say about it? “It’s very much a rock album, very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.” Read more here
  • Speaking of DBT, they have just recorded a tribute to Muscle Shoals session man Eddie Hinton on 7″ vinyl for Shake-It records that features two Eddie Hinton songs. More info here
  • Reckless Kelly have a new album due out Feb. 9th called “Somewhere in Time”. The album is slated to feature “hardcore cowboy songs” of Idaho music legend Pinto Bennett. More info (and streaming music) here, or watch the below video

  • Now my favorite piece of news, Ray Wylie Hubbard has a new album coming out Jan. 12th. The much anticipated album is called “A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkment (Hint: There Is No C) (a line taken from one of the songs on the album) and is now available for pre-order (autographed). More info here

McMurtry winner, Ray Wylie Hubbard movie, Wrinkle Neck Mules, new Scott Miller track, Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle, etc

  • jridgeway was the winner of the McMurtry CD/DVD. Thanks all for commenting and entering. Some great lyrics posted, some I have overlooked and will now be listening to more closely
  • Wrinkle Neck Mules latest album Let The Lead Fly was pushed back to to October 20th release date. That’s next Tuesday. It says in that story that it’s a great album for fall driving through the mountains…..true statement, as I have come to the same conclusion.
  • Scott Miller has a new track that will be available for download on his site and help fund his upcoming album. I don’t have the specifics cause dammit I lost the email. In the meantime, enjoy some of the killer vids he has made on his site.
  • Just wanted to give a heads up for the Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle album Let’s Just Stay Here which comes out tomorrow. Carolyn is half of canadian supergroup The Corn Sisters (with Neko Case), and as you know, NQ Arbuckle made one of my favorite albums of 2008. The album also features an unexpected cameo from fellow canadian Corb Lund.

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Wanna Rock and Roll (Vid)

So remember I said I went to see Ray Wylie at The Shed in Maryville, TN a little while back? Well The Shed was filming it, and here is the footage they put up on Youtube. Unfortunately I contacted them and they would not sell me a DVD of the show :( Shame too ’cause that’s some high quality footage!

And man, Lucas can WAIL!, this vid doesn’t show the half of it either.

Random news: Ransom Pride Trailer, Todd Snider Book, Chris Knight Pre-Order, etc…

Just some random tidbits here:

  • Last Rites of Ransom Pride (outdated and non-representative of the real movie) trailer is now online and viewable, this is the movie that stars Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, and script by Ray Wylie Hubbard (more info on the site) EDIT: According to Judy Hubbard this is not the trailer for the movie, rather a scene that was shot last year to drum up support for the movie. The real movie is set to debut at this year’s Toronto Film Festival in September. More info here. Here’s to hoping an official trailer comes out soon.
  • Todd Snider divulged in a recent interview with Paste that he is working on a book based on his infamous stories. Said he gave the writer Dennis Cook a copy of the Moondawg’s Tavern boot, a few phone numbers, and told him to find the “real story”. Book is going to be called “Almost Everything I Say Is True
  • Chris Knight announced The Trailer Tapes II will be released this September, but….BUT!…you can pre-order now and get an immediate download & get the physical CD in the mail (some have already gotten their’s, and early reviews are that this thing is as good as the first Trailer Tapes)
  • Good news for you Backsliders fans out there. Chip Robinson (lead singer of The Backsliders) has a new one coming out in November on Red River Records called Mylow, which can also be pre-ordered and they will feature custom packaging, signature, and early shipment
  • Speaking of, Red River Records is run by Kasey Anderson, who has announced an EP of four additional songs taken from the session for his Way Out West album released earlier this year. EP will be available on August 25th, and pre-orders get access to an exclusive bonus track

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Down Home Country Blues & The Messenger (Vids)

Got a chance to see one of my musical heroes saturday night when I caught Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Shed outside Knoxville, TN. This here is maybe my favorite song of his, and a great vid of it no less.

Just found this one….f’n love this new one from Ray Wylie. Can’t wait for the Soundtrack to Last Rites of Ransom Pride to come out AND a new album coming the first week in Jan. 2010. Also check out his son Lucas, only 16 and lays the groove down thick and nasty.

News: Ray Wylie Hubbard talks about his upcoming movie

Yes that’s right….movie. Now he’s not starring in this movie (sadly, cause he would make a great cantankerous old cowboy), but he wrote the screenplay, and if it’s anything like his music you know it’s going to be fucking good. It’s a late era western, set in 1911 and who did he get to star in it? Well 2 of my favorites Kris Kristofferson and Dwight Yoakam to name a couple. Also stars W. Earl Brown of Deadwood, and strangely…..Jason Priestly. I can not fucking wait for this movie… is the thing I am most excited about in 09!

Read more about The Last Rites Of Ransom Pride here

Now the reason for this post, is this great interview where RWH talks about the movie, and he then plays a song from the movie…..and damn I’m loving this song…..can’t wait for his next album, whether it’s a soundtrack to this movie or a real album…..can…..not…..wait!!!!