Ray Wylie Hubbard (born November 13, 1946) is an American singer and songwriter. Hubbard was born in the town of Soper, Oklahoma. His family moved to Oak Cliff in southwest Dallas, Texas, in 1954. He attended W. H. Adamson High School with Michael Martin Murphey. Hubbard graduated in 1965 and enrolled in North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) as an English major. He spent the summers in Red River, New Mexico, playing folk music in a trio known as Three Faces West.
1970's - During his time in New Mexico, Hubbard wrote: "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," first made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 recording and covered by a wide variety of other artists since. Bolstered by the success of the song, he was signed by Warner Bros. Records. Hubbard then assembled 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.
1980's - Hubbard then recorded albums for various other labels for the next decade but struggled with his mix of country, folk, and blues. The last album he recorded in the 80s was 'Caught in the Act' (1984) on his newly formed Misery Loves Company record label.
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 in double time without changing the right-hand beat.
2000's - He describes his 2017 album Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can as rock & roll. However, his style has become associated with outlaw country. He makes fun of in the song "Lucifer and the Fallen Angels," singing, "Why go to Nashville knowing you never, ever gonna be mainstream? It’s better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."
- 1976 Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies – Warner Bros. Records
- 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- Sustain Records
- 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
- 2020 Co-starring - Big Machine Records
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