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Ray Wylie Hubbard

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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 later formed a trio named Three Faces West, which regularly performed at the Outpost club in Red River, New Mexico, a musical hotbed also trafficked by artists including Steve lb and Bill & Bonnie Hearne. Upon the breakup of Three Faces West, Hubbard toured the Southwestern coffeehouse circuit as a solo act before forming another group, Texas Fever; they too proved short-lived, and he returned to New Mexico to again take up residence at the Outpost. While in Red River, Hubbard rekindled his friendship with Walker, who in 1973 recorded Hubbard's most famous (if least representative) composition, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," on his acclaimed Viva Terlingua LP. The success of the album guaranteed Hubbard instant cult status within progressive country circles, and at the same time, he set about organizing a new backing band, dubbed the Cowboy Twinkies. Considered by many the first cowpunk group -- their regular set lists included everything from Merle Haggard songs to a show-stopping cover of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" -- the Cowboy Twinkies' music met considerable resistance in both country and rock quarters; frustrated, Hubbard funded a demo tape that won the group a contract with Atlantic. However, the label left the band in limbo, and they finally jumped ship to Warner Bros., which shipped them off to Nashville to record their debut LP, Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies. Released in 1975, the album suffered from label-imposed over-production and fared poorly; Hubbard did not resurface prior to 1978, when he signed to Willie Nelson's short-lived Lone Star imprint to record Off the Wall, which contained his own version of "Redneck Mother." The following year Hubbard acquired a new backing unit in the form of the Lost Gonzo Band, previously Walker's supporting group; comprising guitarist John Inmon, bassist Bob Livingston, and drummer Paul Pearcy, they recorded the live LP Caught in the Act. By 1984, Hubbard was backed by the Bugs Henderson Trio, which featured guitarist Henderson, bassist Bobby Chitwood, and drummer Ron Thompson; with them he cut another live effort, Something About the Night. Hubbard didn't record for another eight years, instead building a small but loyal following through constant touring. Finally, he issued Lost Train of Thought on his own Misery Loves Co. label in 1992, followed in 1995 by the Dejadisc release Loco Gringos Lament. Dangerous Spirits appeared two years later, and in 1999 Hubbard returned with Crusades of the Restless Nights. Eternal & Lowdown, which was issued in summer 2001, captured the haunting poetics of religion, philosophy, and salvation. It was followed in 2003 by the raw and gripping Growl, the laid-back Delirium Tremolos in 2005, and Snake Farm in 2006. Hubbard's near constant touring schedule and curating his own Grit 'N' Groove Festival in 2009 and 2010 kept him busy. He eventually emerged with A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) in 2011, and followed it up with The Grifter's Hymnal in 2012. In April 2015, Hubbard released another self-produced set, The Ruffian's Misfortune, which like his previous two albums was released through his own Bordello Records imprint. Later in 2015, Hubbard was slated to publish his long-awaited autobiography, A Life...Well, Lived. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Ray Wylie Hubbard

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    10 songs

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    The Ruffian's Misfortune

    12 songs

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    The Grifter's Hymnal

    12 songs

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    A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C)

    10 songs

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    Delirium Tremolos

    12 songs

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    Loco Gringos Lament

    11 songs

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    Lost Train of Thought

    11 songs

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    Growl

    12 songs

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    Loco Gringos Lament

    11 songs

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    Lost Train of Thought

    10 songs

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    Crusades of the Restless Knights

    10 songs

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    Dangerous Spirits

    11 songs

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    Eternal & Lowdown

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    Hey Mama, My Time Ain't Long

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    Chick Singer, Badass Rockin'

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    Live at Cibolo Creek Country Club

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    Snake Farm

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    Ruffian's Misfortune [LP]

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    Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies

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    Off the Wall

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    Live At Cibelo Creek


Top Songs by
Ray Wylie Hubbard

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  2.   Snake Farm
  3.   Count My Blessings
  4.   Wanna Rock and Roll
  5.   Conversation With the Devil
  6.   Screw You, We're from Texas
  7.   Coricidin Bottle
  8.   Live and Die Rock and Roll
  9.   Portales
  10.   Drunken Poet's Dream
  11.   Dallas After Midnight
  12.   When She Sang Amazing Grace
  13.   Red Badge of Courage
  14.   Dust of the Chase
  15.   The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  16.   Roll and I Tumble
  17.   Train Yard
  18.   Twist of Fate
  19.   Here Comes the Night
  20.   A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C)
  21.   Old Guitar
  22.   Polecat
  23.   Rabbit
  24.   The Messenger
  25.   Just to Hold You
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    Outlaw Country

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    Red Dirt Road


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