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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Wylie Hubbard (born November 13, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ray Wylie Hubbard 2018 Austin Music Awards.jpg
Hubbard in 2018
Background information
Born (1946-11-13) November 13, 1946 (age 72)[1]
Soper, Oklahoma, United States
GenresAmericana, Country, Blues rock, Country Rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1965–present
LabelsBordello Records (Thirty Tigers), Rounder


Early lifeEdit

Hubbard was born in the town of Soper, Oklahoma.[1] His family moved to Oak Cliff in southwest Dallas, Texas, in 1954. He attended W. H. Adamson High School with Michael Martin Murphey.[2] Hubbard graduated in 1965 and enrolled in the University of North Texas as an English major. He spent the summers in Red River, New Mexico, playing folk music.

Musical careerEdit


During his time in New Mexico, Hubbard wrote "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother", made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 recording. Bolstered by the success of the song, he was signed by Warner Bros. Records. Hubbard then put together a band of friends and locals and in 1976 released Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies. Unbeknownst to Hubbard, producer Michael Brovsky had decided to "Nashville-ize" the sound by adding overdub mixes and female backup singers to the recordings. The result was "a botched sound" that Hubbard disapproved of vehemently, but the album was released despite his attempts to block it.[citation needed]


Hubbard then recorded albums for various other labels for the next 10 years but struggled with sales; his mix of country, folk and blues elements did not find an audience. Although he recorded several albums, by 1985 he left the music scene after struggling with personal problems. His last album was 1984's Caught in the Act - Misery Loves on his newly formed Company Records label.

1990s and beyondEdit

He returned to recording in the early 1990s, and released his album Lost Train of Thought in 1992, followed by Loco Gringo's Lament in 1994. Eventually a steady following began to re-discover Hubbard's music and he has been recording steadily since. His guitar technique uses a strumming by the left (fretting) hand that is very old, but not frequently seen a double time without changing right hand beat.


  • 1976 Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies – Warner Bros.
  • 1978 Off the Wall – Lone Star Records, Polygram[3]
  • 1980 Something About the Night – Renegade Records
  • 1984 Caught in the Act – Misery Loves Company Records
  • 1991 Lost Train of Thought – Misery Loves Company Records
  • 1994 Loco Gringo's Lament – DejaDisc Records
  • 1997 Dangerous SpiritsRounder/Philo Records
  • 1998 Live at Cibolo Creek – Misery Loves Company Records
  • 1999 Crusades of the Restless Knights – Rounder/Philo Records
  • 2001 Eternal & Lowdown – Rounder/Philo Records
  • 2003 GROWL – Rounder/Philo Records
  • 2005 Delirium Tremolos – Rounder/Philo Records
  • 2006 Snake Farm
  • 2010 A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers/RED)
  • 2012 The Grifter’s Hymnal – Bordello Records (Thirty Tigers/RED)
  • 2015 The Ruffian's Misfortune – Bordello Records
  • 2017 Tell The Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can – Bordello Records


  • A Life... Well, Lived – A biography and memoir published in 2015.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Ray Wylie Hubbard biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Temple, Georgia (November 15, 2011). "Ray". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Kurt Wolff, Orla Duane - Country Music: The Rough Guide 2000- Page 359 1858285348 "During the mid-'70s he and his band recorded tor Atlantic and Warner Brothers, then Hubbard cut a solo album, OFF THE WALL, for Willie Nelson's Lone Star label"
  4. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #254, published July 7, 2015.

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