Thurs April 7, 7:30pm
At 68, Ray Wylie Hubbard is more raw-boned, knotty, knobby and rough-hewn in his post-psycho-country approach to drifter’s rock than ever. Guitars hiss, sting and slash; the beats haunted and tribal all underscore a voice that’s parched earth—as much by design as what’s leftover from a life lived to the hilt. Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas original. He’s old enough to collect retirement, but he’s still writing songs, recording, performing, producing, touring, and scoring movies, and he still has the same wily spirit that has been his trademark since he wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers,” a hit for Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s and an anthem for the Texas music scene. Since those early days, he’s released 17 albums of his own, including a brand new one, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, which Elmore Magazine calls “one of the tightest records he’s ever recorded” and American Songwriter calls “a lean, mean set that wraps up in just over a half hour but whose raw reverberations last long after.” The reviews describe Ray Wylie as “one of the most strikingly original musicians in the country” and praise his “crusty, ornery, and authentic growl” and his “taut, dynamic, and compelling” music. He’s a presence you won’t soon forget, and his songs have a gritty intensity that will stay with you for a good long while.