Click to view slideshow. It has to be said that despite one or two hiccups, the second official day of SXSW turned out to be a whole lot more fun. It got off to a good start when we found there was actually a shuttle that came near to our hotel and meant late night night time returns were no longer a problem. We headed off to the Pitchfork party, queued in the broiling heat for 30 minutes and gave that up as a bad job and trudged another 8 blocks out of town to American [...]
Fifteen Oklahomans were nominated in eighteen categories, but only one act came away a winner at The 55th Grammy Awards last night. Checotah's Carrie Underwood won her sixth Grammy: Best Country Solo Performance - "Blown Away" Her performance of "Blown Away" also earned songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins a Grammy win for Best Country Song. The following Oklahomans helped earn Grammys for others: The Woody [...]
A super Saturday for shows: ► The legendary Ian Hunter is 73, but the Mott the Hoople main man sounds every bit the impetuous youth on his brawny new album "When I'm President." Ian Hunter & the Rant Band visit the El Rey Theatre tonight. His live setlists have included new material and catalog gems, including "Saturday Gigs" and, yes, "All the Young Dudes." ► Early show alert: Long-running L.A. indie rockers Radar Brothers celebrate the release of their new album "Eight" (just out on Merge) with a show [...]
This is not your everyday top 100 Bilboard list. Each week, we'll tell you what bands are selling in the fine record shops in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, where we consumers of music have imp... Continue reading "Dave Brubeck, Ray Wylie Hubbard and More of Last Week's Top Sellers at Local Record Stores" >
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a storyteller without equal, who inspired a flock of country and blues poets. The Dallas native made a stop this week on Letterman, in promotion of last year's The Grifter's ... Continue reading "Ray Wylie Hubbard on Late Show with David Letterman (VIDEO)" >
The great Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard was on "Late Night with David Letterman" last night. He performed "Mother Blues," which is the best song off his latest album The Grifter's Hymnal . According to Ray's Facebook page , the band also performed the classic "Screw You, We're From Texas" at Letterman's request. Surely that will turn up eventually. If you ever have a chance to catch Ray live, don't pass it up. He's one of the old school Texas pickers, with plenty of stories and excellent songs that could [...]
Hugo-native Ray Wylie Hubbard will be the musical guest on "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 10:35pm CST) tonight, performing "Mother Blues" off his 2012 album The Grifter's Hymnal . Josh Brolin and Lena Dunham will also be guests on the show.
Today we reach the halfway mark of our favourite 100 songs of 2012. Here are numbers 60 - 41 for your listening pleasure. You can check out numbers 100 - 81 here and yesterday's post of 80 - 61 here . And on we go... 60 JAMES LEVY & THE BLOOD RED ROSE - YOU SNEAK INTO MY ROOM A real mellow chill out tune. Reminds me of laid back version of the Divine Comedy. (SB) a [...]
MusicFog recently featured Hugo-native Ray Wylie Hubbard . This video shows him performing "Red Badge of Courage". The video was recorded at Threadgill’s Back Room in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2012.
Indoors and outdoors, your Saturday: ► Buzzing 21-year-old rapper Azealia Banks brings her "Mermaid Ball" to the Fonda Theatre. ► L.A. quartet Saint Motel celebrates the release of its debut full-length "Voyeur" at the El Rey Theatre, supported by Princeton and Chasing Kings . ► Moby does an acoustic set and then DJs in the outdoor park next to the Annenberg Space for Photography as part of the celebration for the exhibition "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present." Lots [...]
Ray Wylie Hubbard : Conversation with the Devil [ purchase ] While we are on the topic of progressive country songwriters from Texas with three names, I present Ray Wylie Hubbard, who collaborated extensively with Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s. You all can google up Mr. Hubbard's biography, so I am going to tell you how I discovered his music. I was walking home from work one evening in the mid-2000s, when I was living in Toronto. I always cut through Grange Park [...]
The first of three planned holiday weekend concerts on Lake Lewisville goes down this Sunday, May 27, with Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Wayne Hancock, Michael Donner & the Southern Renaissa... Continue reading "Giveaway: Two Pairs of Tickets to Sunday's Float Event with Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry and More" >
In the interest of full disclosure, I've known Ray Wylie Hubbard for going on 15 years, have crashed at his home in the hills of Wimberley, Texas and once rode on his tour bus (OK, it was borrow... Continue reading "Ray Wylie Hubbard on the Grifter Blues, Songwriting and Ringo Starr" >
We've used this photo before - hope you don't mind if we use it again. This week, in our hometown of Houston, Texas, we have had a great stretch of lovely, sunny weather. The TV nerds are telling us about temperatures in coming days that will flirt with the 90s, and there's not a cloud in sight. So let me be the first to welcome you to pre-summer, that short window of time before the heat is here and the time is right ... to suspend all critical judgment and good taste when it [...]
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Ask God
So, you can probably already tell this summer is going to be rough, right? Like, "Fireballs From the Sky" b/w "Heat Gusts From Hell." Enjoy that breeze while you can. With that in mind, the Obse... Continue reading "Float Comes To Lake Lewsville Memorial Day Weekend: Are You Ready To Party On A Boat With Ray Wylie Hubbard?" >
Won't be found in most churches, but works as a prayer book for modern times.
“Appalachian rock” that’s mysterious, haunting, and darkly original.
Maverick, outlaw-country legend Ray Wylie Hubbard seems to be turning up a lot here at MM - whether it be our belated discovery of his cover of US national-anthem-in-waiting Choctaw Bingo or his sublime recent Daytrotter session , and now we find his hand in this wonderful record by gut-honest southern singer-songwriter Chelle Rose . He is the producer of Ghost of Browder Holler (out via Lil’ Damsel Records, May 1st) and it is a record of elemental power, visceral rock 'n' roll, haunting regrets and genuine hardscrabble country. The tracks are ripe with [...]
Musically, the year is starting to really kick into gear now and February saw lots of top quality tunes hit the web. Here is our pick of the best of last month's posts along with four brand, spanking new tracks for you to download, sample and treasure. All in all over thirty great songs in one great mix. Download Hoots & Hellmouth – Why Would You Not Want To Go There? mp3 (from Salt) Country rocker with a slow-burn intensity that builds in tandem with some expertly judged flourishes of piano and electric guitar. [...]