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 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 »»»
Talk about a perfect album title. "Snake Farm" - a couple planets removed from Hubbard's cosmic cowboy recordings of '70s - sounds exactly like you'd imagine: swampy, dirty, groovy and dangerous to an impossible degree. "Snake farm, it just sounds nasty," Hubbard sings on the title track. "It pretty much is/Snake farm, it's a reptile house/Snake farm...eeeeewww."
There are many moments of transcendence packed into this phenomenal CD, but none »»»
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: Long wait ends for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
When you don't show for almost six years - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are guilty as charged - and barely release any music unless counting one excellent disc out in late March on a British label and something almost unheard in the states in 2011, don't expect the masses to show up either.
Predictably, that didn't happen for the family band... »»»
Concert Review: Mellencamp overcomes conundrum
John Mellencamp faces the predicament that artists of his stature must face as they age. Now 63 and still putting out new, quality albums, Mellencamp presumably wants to push his new highly relevant music, while the faithful, long-time supporters thrive on the old stuff.
How do you rectify the two? Mellencamp tended to have it both ways before a... »»»
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