Roots and Branches of Americana
July 18, 2012 4:38 PM   Subscribe

Ray Wylie Hubbard hosts Roots and Branches weekly live from Tavern In The Gruene for New Braunfels, Texas radio station KNBT 92.1 FM. Two hours of music and interviews with established and up and coming Americana artists.
posted by Catch (18 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
And if you have never heard of Ray Wylie Hubbard , this concert film is a great introduction.
posted by Catch at 4:50 PM on July 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

And if you don't have time for a full concert, watch this.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:05 PM on July 18, 2012

I *have* heard of Ray Wylie Hubbard, and appreciate this post. Wish I could link you to his cover of "This Morning I Am Born Again" (Woody Guthrie, lyrics; Slaid Cleaves, music), which is simultaneously spooky, rootsy, heartfelt and plainspoken. "Snake Farm," "Rabbit," and "Roll and I Tumble" are all worth checking out.

IIRC, Hubbard is also a producer, and helped Band of Heathens make an album.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:07 PM on July 18, 2012

"Snake Farm" has now become a catch-all routine for my husband and I for pretty much everything.
posted by Kitteh at 5:20 PM on July 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

It just sounds nasty, Kitteh.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:22 PM on July 18, 2012

Pretty much is.

Snake Farm is a favourite here too - I'm not very familiar with RWH's work before Growl, but I love the way he writes about women - they are real characters and personalities - equals, and often more-than-equals.
posted by Catch at 5:26 PM on July 18, 2012

It's a reptile house.
posted by Kitteh at 5:31 PM on July 18, 2012

Don't watch the crappy video made by the uploader at youtube, but open it and switch back to this tab because Choctaw Bingo is my favorite RWH track (even though it's a James McMurtry song).
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 6:10 PM on July 18, 2012 [2 favorites]

All it takes is some grains of faith, and a few kilowatts of sweat and grace.

(while we're quoting lyrics).

Thank you very much for drawing my attention to this, it is relevant to my interests.

I don't know much about RWH, but part of me suspects that, in his later work, he's doing a Tom Waits - he's so perfect, he must be a construct. Not that I'm complaining, of course.
posted by Leon at 6:35 PM on July 18, 2012

Screw him! He's from Texas.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 6:43 PM on July 18, 2012

Never heard of this guy til now, and I think I've found a new musical hero. Thanks for posting.
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 6:57 PM on July 18, 2012

Ray Wylie Hubbard. My first introduction was Jerry Jeff Walker's "Viva Terlingu" album and Ray's song "Redneck Mother"
posted by jgaiser at 6:57 PM on July 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Well, this looks good. Thanks!
posted by Miko at 7:11 PM on July 18, 2012

Great post. I wasn't aware of this show before. I still have a vinyl copy of his Cowboy Twinkies album. This is "Compromise"
posted by Isadorady at 7:21 PM on July 18, 2012

Sweet! I love me some Ray Wylie!
posted by ch3ch2oh at 8:13 PM on July 18, 2012

Love me some Ray Wylie! His latest album is also pretty damn good. A Enlightenment B Endarkenment has joined the rest of the soundtrack in my head and looks to be staying there. And his twitter feed is worth following as well.
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:05 PM on July 18, 2012

For those just making his acquaintance: "Wanna Rock and Roll." Lust, roadhouse dancing, mayhem and 99 railroad cars. It's a darn catchy murder ballad.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:08 AM on July 19, 2012

I'm not a huge devotee, but I've always liked my first introduction to RWH: Conversation With The Devil.
posted by kmz at 11:30 AM on July 19, 2012

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