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WIMBERLEY, TX (March 31, 2022) – RAY WYLIE HUBBARD has twisted the mystic, the quixotic and the profane into songs for more than half a century. Following a bar-setting round one with 2020’s CO-STARRING, the sequel of interesting characters and famous friends is on the same trajectory. CO-STARRING TOO has entered the Top 5 on the Americana Album chart, landing in the No. 4 position just a second week after release. The massive move jumped from No. 18 the week prior while his single “Hellbent For Leather (ft. Steve Earle) charges into Top 15.
As long-time fans and a new wave of listeners across genres explore these collaborative tracks, music critics praise CO-STARRING TOO’s leading man.
“…there’s not a bad song on this album. His lyrics don’t let up until they’ve got you where they want you, and the music snakes its way under your skin ’til you want to shed it as you’re dancing across the barroom.”
“These tunes display the journeyman’s ability to pen music bathed in working-class grit and honed by decades of experience, music that would connect just as powerfully without the stellar assistance.”
“ the fact is, Hubbard’s long been one of the big dogs, and he’s earned that status.”
“Few other artists, regardless of genre, could claim the ability to attract such an impressive list of luminaries.”
“…five decades of crafting some of music’s most raw songwriting”
“Creative freedom and talent go a long way towards longevity, but to assemble the kind of all-star guest list featured on the Co-Starring projects, you need grace and generosity of spirit. Hubbard’s got both.”
“…renamed the Wylie Llama from his influence and wisdom imparted to the next generation of artists, Ray Wylie Hubbard is one of the most widely-respected artist by fellow artists across the country, rock, and blues worlds.”
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC
“He’s so universally admired and respected by his peers across generations that when he calls, almost everyone picks up the phone. […] A cast of two dozen contributors might risk too-many-cooks syndrome, but they all follow Ray Wylie’s lead, grinding out gritty blues-country-rock material stamped with Hubbard’s trademark ultra-cool wit and wisdom.”
“…known best for his gruff, acerbic pen on songs like Jerry Jeff Walker’s ‘Redneck Mother,’ Hubbard became a sherpa for a whole new generation of country outsiders when he co-wrote Eric Church’s 2018 hit, ‘Desperate Man.’”
“…an album this big and shiny needs to be in the headphones of every quality music lover across the globe. No exaggeration. The release deserves fireworks.”
Hubbard says, “to have an album release at Waterloo records means you is validated and full tilt bonafide righteous. It is indeed an honor to perform there.”
He will return to the well-acquainted room with new music and “…some of the most hard-earned wisdom of any songwriter who calls Texas home” (Houston Chronicle) this Friday (4/1). The Texas Songwriters Hall of Famer will join the celebration of Waterloo Records’ 40th Anniversary and first in-store performances in more than two years. Known for a significant impact on the Austin’s music culture since opening on April 1, 1982, the festivities will include Hubbard’s performance at 3P and Heartless Bastards at 5P.
For more music, dates and mischief, visit raywylie.com.