By Joe “Yeti” Collier
First of all, I want to thank you Mr. Hubbard for doing this Q and A with Monsters of Geek. It means a lot! For our readers, please introduce yourself.
My name is Ray Wylie Hubbard. I was named after two of my fathers five brothers. I could have been named Rosco Oscar.
Ray, I hope its fine to call you Ray, what is new in your world?
Recording an album and doing the layout for a book I’ve written.
I see you are working on a new album, when is that coming out?
If the mixing and mastering gods are favorable sometime next February.
Did you have anyone come in to help you out on the album?
Worked with bass player George Reiff, drummer Rick Richards, who both were in Joe Walsh’s band last year, Gabe Rhodes and Lucas Hubbard on guitar, and are still figuring out any guests who might be on it. I’m not above using guilt, shame or even pouting if i need to in order to have someone play or sing on it.
What is your favorite thing about being in the studio?
When you hear a track back and you know you have made some rock.
Out of all your great songs you have released, put together your favorite set list you have played or would like to play?
Rabbit; Snake Farm; Drunken Poets Dream; Downhome Country Blues; Trainyard; Stone Blind Horse; Too Young Ripe; South of the River; Wanna Rock and Roll
With you being a veteran of the music business, can you give some of the bands that are in our area some Ray Wylie Hubbard wisdom?
Learn about publishing, mechanicals and that term that the devil invented: recoupable.
You’ve been doing this for a while, what is the craziest memory you have from a show?
Well, I was on stage once and a woman handed me a sharpie and wanted me to sign her baby’s head.
What about touring, what’s the craziest thing that ever happened?
The whole tour I did opening for Willie Nelson. We started in Fargo, North Dakota in Jan. and ended up in Green Bay in Feb., driving though a number of ice storms. Why they didn’t book us in the summer we’ll never know.
Name one person that you’ve meet on the road that has stuck with you?
I guess meeting Ringo Starr. Cause even if you’re having a nice conversation with him, some where over in your head you’re saying, ’’Its a [explicit] Beatle!”
You’ve played in some great places. What are your favorite venues to play?
As long as the sound is good I’m okay with anyplace I place I play.
Give us a random fact about Ray Wylie Hubbard?
I prefer spiritual awakening to religious conversion.
Have you ever been on a snake farm, and if so, how nasty is it?
Yes I have and even the monkeys in the back are disgusted with it.
You mention ‘Reservoir Dogs’ in ‘Mother Hubbard’s Blues’, what is your favorite Quentin Tarantino movie?
That’s got to be it.
If you could put together an all-star band, who would be in it?
Ringo [Starr], Joe Walsh, Ian Maclagan. Which I have had the fortune to have Ringo and Ian play on my records and Joe came and sit in on Snake Farm with me once.
What makes Texas better than Nashville?
I think the music that comes out of Texas has a little more grit and groove and tone and taste and depth and weight.
You are playing Bristol Rhythm and Roots this September. Have you ever been to the ‘Birth Place of Country Music’?
No I have not. I am looking forward to it.
There were a lot of great acts in country music that came from the area. Do you have any influences that came from Southwest Virginia or East Tennessee?
I love bluegrass and ‘ol timey music and the sincerity of anyone who comes from there and plays music is far reaching.
What bands are you most excited to watch/meet at the festival?
If Birds Could Fly and The Black Lillies.
What made you want to come to Bristol and play this great festival?
The roster is fantastic and I am honored to bring my lowdown groove to the festival.
Lastly, tell our readers where they can find your music.
On the website (www.raywylie.com) and mostly where ever they sell the things. Hopefully the merch tent at the festival.