Photo Credit: Todd Wolfson
Having been to about a gazillion concerts in my life, it’s pretty hard to impress me with something awe-inspiring. I’ve seen Dylan, Stevie Ray, and Jerry Jeff. And now, I’ve seen Ray Wylie.
He was in Nashville on May 4, at Third and Lindsley and the place was packed. Ray Wylie was billed with bluesman, Mike Farris. Actually the bill was Mike Farris plus Ray Wylie Hubbard, so naturally I figured Farris was opening. But no…quite the opposite. Interesting.
We found two of the last 4 seats in the house and ate as we waited. Without a word, Ray and a drummer took the stage. That’s it. So far, this affair had taken surprising twists that told me this ain’t your ordinary show and honestly, it couldn’t be.
To say that Ray Wylie is a singer/songwriter is an insult to him in my opinion. He’s a poet. He’s a brand name in the Texas country outlaw scene. The red dirt music scene embraces him and he is huge in the Americana scene way up there on the AMA radio charts, holding the No. 2 slot as of this writing.
No, you just can’t categorize art with the kind of integrity Ray Wylie has. For every newbie who thinks their music is too cool for categorization in this biz, I’d advise they take a few lessons from a master.
Hubbard tells it like it is in his own style. His music is something close to true religion if you ask me. He is honest, he’s raw, he’s absolutely real. What you see is what you get, and that’s just the way it is, because when all is said and done that’s all that really matters.
Seeing the world through the lens of Ray Wylie Hubbard is a stunning truth. There are no words I can find that will tell you about the experience of hearing him live. You just have to experience it for yourself and come away and think about it for a while.
To bring some perspective to the whole thing, RWH said, “when they told me about this gig, they said Mike Farris would close the show for me. And I was cool with that.”
The experience was so compelling, I couldn’t stay to hear Mike Farris. I’d just seen a masterpiece, and I was cool with that.
(Originally posted May 2012 on Scout66.com)