Ray Wylie Hubbard
The legendary Texas troubadour and master storyteller
Since the Levitt last hosted the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard, the prolific, award-winning — and one-of-a-kind — Americana singer/songwriter released another CD, The Grifter’s Hymnal. The opening track on the new CD tells you everything you need to know in just under two minutes. It tells you that Ray Wylie Hubbard is the kind of scrapper poet with the devil-may-care wherewithal to write a reference to a monkey and “shakes the mortal coil round my amaranthine soul” into the same song, and the lethal charm and chops to pull it off. Ray started his journey as a folk singer in the ’60s before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the ’70s — in large part by penning the immortal Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother), which Jerry Jeff Walker recorded. Ray performed constantly and recorded sporadically throughout the rest of the ’70s and ’80s, but his career as a songwriter’s songwriter began in earnest with 1994’s Loco Gringo’s Lament. He’s moved from strength to strength ever since, recording acclaimed albums, earning praise and awards from his peers, entertaining anyone who listens with his story-telling, and cementing his standing as one of the most respected artists on the modern Americana scene.