When the topic of songwriting makes its way into the daily discussion the name Ray Wylie Hubbard has to be included. If it is not, then the people partaking in said discussion are going about it all wrong. Mr. Hubbard has a long and storied career writing some damn fine country/roots/folk/rock tunes which have graced not only his records but a multitude of fellow musicians. In addition to being a prolific songwriter his live shows are some of the best around as he hooks the audience with his tales of life, loss and bad decision. Lucky for us, he rolls into town this Saturday night and will be playing at Smiths Olde Bar.
Known for classic songs such as “Snake Farm” and “Redneck Mother” it is his latest album that has his name at the forefront of music today. The Grifter’s Hymnal is a solid collection of some of the best music Hubbard has written ending up on many a ‘Best of 2012’ list including my own. Saturday night expect to hear a wealth of tunes from the new record, songs like “Coricidin Bottle”, “New Year’s Eve at the Gates of Hell” and “Mother Blues” showcase his writing acumen as he sings about a constant battle between good and bad decisions. Sounding great on the record is one thing, but to hear Hubbard deliver them live is something completely different. The raw emotion leaps from his songs invading the listener’s ears before implanting itself into their brains. The show this weekend should not be any different.
A Ray Wylie Hubbard show is something everyone needs to experience in their lifetime. You can listen to his music all you want but nothing beats him singing those same tunes live and in person. Smith’s Olde Bar will be the place to be this Saturday for an evening of great tunes. If you see me there, feel free to say hi.
WHO: Ray Wylie Hubbard
WHEN: Saturday, March 23rd, 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Smith’s Olde Bar