With a keen eye of observation and a wise man’s knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs a dozen songs that couldn’t spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock and roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. ”I like to look at both enlightenment and endarkenment,” he declares. “I feel comfortable observing each.”I had the opportunity to interview the interesting and engaging Mr. Hubbard and you can read a snippet below and then read the entire interview HERE at Engine 145.
His 2010 album A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment demonstrates the kind of talent that every great songwriter yearns for. Throughout the album, his focus remains on the song-constructing and performing stories set to music that resonate in a way that is completely his own. Hubbard recruits an ensemble of accomplished musicians to make the album’s larger than life outlaw tunes echo from track to track.
If there’s ever a book written about it, I’ll probably be a smudge rather than a footnote. I’ve never really thought about that. I’ve just been very fortunate to be able to write these gnarly old songs and pay most of my bills. I’ve never had a lot of songs covered by other people. And the people that do are kind of on the edge anyways. I feel really good about where I am right now. I feel really grateful and really fortunate that I’m still writing songs and recording. And I’ve been able to travel the world and play them and produce other people who that I feel strong about their music. I really am in a very good position right now. I’m very happy right now.