Ray Wylie Hubbard: “Count My Blessings”
In a career that’s spanned almost five decades, Ray Wylie Hubbard has cast a long shadow in Texas music. Hubbard effortlessly blends elements of country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll into a sound that is unmistakably his.
The sound is also quintessentially Texan, even though Hubbard wasn’t born here. Hubbard, 65, was born in Soper, Oklahoma, and his family moved to the Dallas-area in the mid-50s. As a teenager, Hubbard formed a folk group with another future Texas country legend: Michael Martin Murphey. Hubbard spent the next few years as a journeyman performer, gigging around the southwest. In 1973 Jerry Jeff Walker made famous the Hubbard-penned song “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” The tune cemented Hubbard’s reputation as an excellent country songwriter. In the decades since, Hubbard has toured relentlessly and built a strong following for his gritty, heartfelt tunes.
On March 27, Hubbard releases his latest record Grifter’s Hymnal. He performed one of the songs from the new album last year during a stop at KUT’s Studio 1A. The song is called “Count My Blessings,” and it’s today’s song of the day.
Be sure to catch Ray Wylie Hubbard at KUT’s SXSW showcase at the Four Seasons where he’ll be performing on Thursday (3/15) at 8am.
You can also catch Ray Wylie Hubbard at other South By Southwest events:
Wednesday, March 14, The White Horse (500 Comal St), 12am
Thursday, March 15, St. David’s Bethell Hall (301 E 8th St), 2pm
Thursday, March 16, The Saxon Pub, 10pm