Grit and groove.
That’s how Ray Wylie Hubbard is described time and again. So much so, that he even created a festival with that title a few years ago. But there is a reason, that description fits him so well. It’s who he is.
I’m thankful that Mother Hubbard made sure I got a copy of Ray’s new CD, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, and as soon as I put it in, I knew it was gonna be another one of my favorites.
My fave tracks: “Hey Mama My Time Ain’t Long,” “Chick Singer Badass Rockin’,” “Down By the River,” and “Barefoot in Heaven.” That last one mentioned, “Barefoot” had me replaying it a few times…possibly my new fave “gospel” tune.
Many reviewers are saying The Ruffian’s Misfortune is the tightest and most focused record of his career. I am guessing they are right. All I know is that this CD is what I expect to hear from Ray…full of cool guitar licks and meaningful lyrics.
Pick up The Ruffian’s Misfortune now. And don’t forget his memoir is coming May 1! THAT will be the highlight read of the year for me. We will find out where are all that grit and groove comes from.