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Ray Wylie Hubbard Discusses Ruffian's Misfortune

Written by Randy Patterson

July, 2015


RayWylieHubbard 114smIf one lives – or has ever lived in the state of Texas in the fifteen or twenty years – and you love music, chances are better than even that you just may have heard (or heard of) Ray Wylie Hubbard.  Well, wait a minute. If you were a Jerry Jeff Walker fan back in the early seventies, you may have heard a song that he recorded of Ray’s called, “Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother”.

As the title of that song surely indicates, Hubbard is not afraid to be a bit, uh, how should we say this?  Controversial? In your face? Shocking? Personally, I prefer to call him raw, gritty, and funnier ‘n, well, Texas in the summer time. And while many of you may not have heard of him until now, it’s only because you missed his appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman or just haven’t caught one of his shows around the country as he becomes increasingly well known. 

In support of Ray’s latest album, “Ruffian’s Misfortune”, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with him by phone while he and his wife were enduring bad weather in Central Texas. Despite the weather causing our call to drop a few times, he was good natured and very gracious during the call and was a hoot to chat with. 

I started out by asking Ray to tell Boomerocity readers who may have not heard of him to tell a little bit about himself in his own words.

“I’m an old funky cat. Still writin’ them old songs, still out there doin’ it. I started off

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