Wednesday, June 29, 2016

‘The Ruffian’s’ Good Fortune

BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS Does a songwriter know when he’s writing a generation-defining anthem? Some must set out to do it. Others, like iconoclastic Texas artist Ray Wylie Hubbard, are just brilliant smartasses who stumble on a moment and capture it in sonic amber. Hubbard wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” in Red River, N.M., and it was made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973. Written during the Vietnam War, the song was a playful jab at Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” and is now a cornerstone of progressive country music. Never one to rest on lyrical laurels, Hubbard’s career continues unabated after years of burning bright while also flying under the radar. He released his 16th album “The Ruffian’s Misfortune” last year on his own Bordello Records. Bob Livingston, a founding member of The Lost Gonzo Band and a key figure in Austin’s ’70s cosmic cowboy scene, opens for Hubbard. Ray Wylie Hubbard performs Friday, July 8, at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing (37 Fire Place). Doors are at 6:30 p.m. Livingston goes on at 7 p.m, with headliner Hubbard hitting the stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 day of show or $15 in advance via   Ray Wylie Hubbard with Bob Livingston July 8, 7 p.m., $15-$20 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, Santa Fe

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