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RAY WYLIE HUBBARD

A. ENLIGHTENMENT, B. ENDARKENMENT (HINT: THERE IS NO C)

2010-02-02

Is Ray Wylie Hubbard one of those “outlaw country” guys? Is he a smart ass Texas Troubadour? Is he a blues guy? Is he a hippy cowboy? Yes to all of the above. Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas based storyteller who draws from a deep well of musical inspiration that includes blues, country and twangy rock. With a gruff delivery that is equally comfortable delivering a Neil Young style ballad, "Black Wings", as a jazzy hodge podge of sound that could fall off a Chuck E. Weiss or Tom Waits disc, "Pot and Pans", or a mid-tempo rocker that sounds eerily like Ian Hunter, "Loose", Hubbard weaves tales about naked women on the crunchy, "Drunken Poet’s Dream", the end times on the gospel inspired, "The Four Horses of the Apocalypse", pesky wasps on the slow stomper, "Wasps Nest", and even draws inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven on the rootsy title cut. Elsewhere, Hubbard mixes things up with an a cappella rave up, "Whoop and Hollar", an eerie folk blues, "Tornado Ripe", a hot-wired, slinky blues, "Down Home Country Blues", and a lumbering number that stomps and jerks like a zombie on the prowl, "Every Day is the Day of the Dead". While his wide ranging repertoire makes him difficult to peg, his talent has no problem shining through on this release. Smitty

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