When F. Scott Fitzgerald issued his classic conclusion that 'There are no second acts in American lives,' he failed to envision the career of legendary Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard. A willing conspirator in the late seventies Cosmic Cowboy revolt that ushered in the mythical Outlaw era, Hubbard was a catalyst in the cultural upheaval that led to the peaceful coexistence of Lone Star music enthusiasts who comprised each end of the social and political spectrum of that troubled time. In the stellar company of iconic colleagues like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Doug Sahm and Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard was an architect of the musical legacy that continues to inspire subsequent generations of up-and-coming Texas talent.
Yes, Hubbard is a Texas singer-songwriter, complete with the classic trifurcated handle, fundamental chapter of the canon in his song catalog ("Redneck Mother"), and enough wild hairs in his past to qualify him as a legend. But along the way, his attention began to leave matters extraneous to his art and soul by the wayside and focus on the beauty and potential to be found in the blank canvas of, in his case, the yet to be written and recorded song.
The result has been one of the most satisfying musical and lyrical journeys to witness over the last decade or so. In the years that followed he evolved into a writer of uncommonly honest portraits of life, alternately mixing deep personal sagas with poignant character studies of those traveling on the dark side of the road. If one wanted to describe the sound of Ray Wylie Hubbard, one could call it American music, born from the time honored traditions of folk, country and roots rock.
1995 "Best Independent Album of the Year, Loco Gringo's Lament" Kerrville Music Awards
1995 "Album of the Year, Loco Gringo's Lament" Music City Texas Magazine
1996 "Living Legends Award" Kerrville Music Awards
1997 "Texas Album of the Year, Dangerous Spirits" Kerrville Music Awards
1999 #1 Choice in top 10 CD's of 1999- Crusades of the Restless Knights Listener Picks KPFT FM Houston, TX
1999 Song of the Year - "Conversations With the Devil" - Austin AMP Awards
2001 #1 American Chart - Eternal & Lowdown
2003 #-1CD of the Year "Growl" - Austin Music Pundit's Award
2003 #1 Song of the Year for (Screw You) - Austin Music Pundit's Award
2003 Growl had 3rd most spins on Americana Chart for 2003
2005 Delirium Tremolos - Top 6 album list for Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly
2006 Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame
2006 - Video- Tall Tales - Jury Award - Runner Up - Animated Short Category at SXSW Film Festival
2006 Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Album List for Stephen King –Snake Farm
2006 SESAC Performance Activity Award for Snake Farm radio airplay
2006 Nashville Scene The Seventh Annual Country Music Critics' Poll – Top 20 Albums of 2006
2010 #1 Americana Chart A)Enlighentment B)Endarkenment Hint: There is No C
1976 Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies - Warner Bros.
1978 Off the Wall - Lone Star Records, Polygram
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 Spirits - Rounder/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)
1993 Something About the Night 2005 Drivin’ Wheel
2005 Tall Tales Cartoon
2006 Snake Farm
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
Ray co - wrote the script with director Tiller Russell and also wrote several songs for the soundtrack. For info: www.lastritesfilm.com
Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church usually on the third Thursday of the month in the WUMC fellowship hall. It is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $20. for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available. Pie, tamales, and organic coffee are available. Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30. Proceeds benefit the youth missions fund. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.