Ray Wylie Hubbard at the Harvester
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Whether or not you subscribe to the adage that the devil always has the best music, you can take it on faith that anytime he pops up for a cameo in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song, the results are gonna be pretty entertaining. And as any fan of the Hubbard cannon knows, Old Scratch pops up in his songs a lot, nearly as often as Hubbard’s wise-cracking black birds, lyrical and musical nods to Lightnin’ Hopkins, bad-ass women (usually wife, Judy), and a myriad of other grifters, ruffians, and scrappy cats of the gnarly and general lowdown variety.
Thirty-some odd years ago, the 70’s progressive country refugee stumbled out of his honky-tonk fog and discovered that both his life and art were a helluva lot greener on the sober side of the fence. What it really comes down to is the fact that there’s just something about the cut of the fallen angel’s jib that’s tickled Hubbard’s muse ever since 1999’s uproarious“Conversation With the Devil.” And much like his sheepish excuse in that song that “I never used the cocaine to get high, I just liked the way it smelled,” Hubbard just gets a kick out of hearing or making—the wily (Wylie?) fiend talk.“
For tickets or more information visit: www.harvester-music.com or 540-GUITARS (484-8277).