Hubbard visits Dave tonight
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
– Ray Wylie Hubbard performs on Late Show With David Letterman tonight at 11:35 p.m. eastern.
Hubbard will be on TV on the heels of his current album
"The Grifter's Hymnal."
CD reviews for Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Ruffian's Misfortune
Make no mistake. When you cue up Ray Wylie Hubbard's new album - a bit of a follow up to 2012's "The Grifter's Hymnal" - you'll experience no misfortune. Instead, you'll take a walk down some rough roads with a ruffian who'll regale you with his compelling stories of badass women rockers, car thieves and legendary blues musicians that make up the musical DNA of your traveling companion. Joined by his son, Lucas, on lead guitar, Gabe Rhodes on guitar, Rick »»»
The Grifter's Hymnal
Ray Wylie Hubbard salutes several of his musical influences on his latest release, with his usual biting humor and social commentary also intact. Music is a recurring theme in many of the songs beginning with the opening track Coricidin Bottle ("Said my prayers to the old black gods") in which he pays homage to the blues legends that inspired him early in his career.
In South of the River, Hubbard makes reference to Joe Walsh's early band the James Gang, while Hen House not only »»»
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment
In case the album cover - on which he's clutching a sword and his own severed head - didn't tip you off, Ray Wylie Hubbard's newest release is a little on the gritty side. Both cover and album are inspired by a quote from 13th century Persian poet Rumi, which states "Behead yourself. Dissolve your whole self into vision: become seeing, seeing, seeing." What Hubbard seems to be seeing here isn't too pretty, but it sure sounds good.
On his first album since 2006's »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Abbott brings the joy - even with "Front Row Seat"
To say that the Josh Abbott Band's "Front Row Seat" is an easy listen, especially in concert, would be a tremendous understatement. The Texas country singer released a five-act recording about the development, joy and ultimate dissolution of his marriage last fall.
Not exactly easy subject matter, but Abbott managed to bring more than a... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin boys embrace music
Dave Alvin provided more than just an intimate performance along with his brother Phil on the second of two sold-out shows. Alvin also gave the audience a lesson in blues history. He added a brief biographical sketch of Leroy Carr before the siblings played his song "Papa's on the House Top" and also lent some insight into Rev. Thomas A.... »»»
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