Ray Wylie Hubbard still has his "outlaw" sound, and often regales his audiences with his one and only genuine cult hit, Up Against the Wall (Redneck Mother), a song made famous by his longtime friend, Jerry Jeff Walker. But fans who have followed Hubbard over the years know that his musical vision goes beyond his ability to write novelty songs.
"About 25 years ago, I rediscovered that blues groove that I always loved - John Hurt, Lightning Hopkins, Freddie King, good guitar players who had that stuff that could drive a song," Hubbard said by phone last week from his home in Wimberley, Texas. "I try to plug that into my own songs and see where it goes."
Hubbard will headline Friday of this weekend's Stringbreak Music Festival. The fest, which also features artists like Carolyn Wonderland and Hoots & Hellmouth, runs Thursday through Sunday at Sertoma Youth Ranch near the Hernando-Pasco line. Click here for info on the fest.
And for more of Logan Neill's interview with Ray Wylie Hubbard, click here.