Courtesy of Big Machine Records
NASHVILLE, TN (July 13, 2020) – A testament to his authentic outlaw troubadour status, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD brings together a diverse mix of iconic musicians and eclectic voices throughout his critically-acclaimed 17th studio album. CO-STARRING is available everywhere now on Big Machine Records and launched at Top 5 on the Americana chart.
“I’ve heard the hammer of the gods and rhymed gasoline with mescaline; I’ve walked down tombstone road and got a cool record on Big Machine. I am well-pleased. I am in high spirits. Thank you!”, shared Hubbard.
Crafting as singer, songwriter and producer, Hubbard previewed the 10-track collection with well-received advance tracks such as “Bad Trick” featuring Ringo Starr, Don Was, Joe Walsh and Chris Robinson; “Outlaw Blood” featuring Ashley McBryde, “Fast Left Hand” featuring The Cadillac Three and “Drink Till I See Double” featuring Paula Nelson and Elizabeth Cook. Hubbard returned to Austin haunt The Saxon Pub to celebrate the new music with a Facebook Live performance event in partnership with the Americana Music Association – Watch here.
Over the weekend, Hubbard joined fellow Americana titan Steve Earle for “Outlaw Country” on SiriusXM to chat about how his collaborator pals came to join the album – listen here. Hubbard also explored creating the record with Joe Pug of The Working Songwriter Podcast while providing insight into his early days on the Austin music scene and the trials and tribulations he’s experienced over the years that got him where he is today. Listen to the full episode here.
GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman joins Hubbard today for an in-depth conversation at 4:00P CT as part of their Programs at Home series. Watch via https://grammymuseum.org/museum-at-home/category/public-programs/.
CO-STARRING has already been met with praise:
“What may well be the most stellar album of his career”
“balancing mainstream sounds and approaches with his trademark swagger. In this way, Co-starring may well attract new listeners for the 73-year-old singer-songwriter while preserving, or even enhancing, his outsider status.”
“He’s the glue that holds the diverse album together, but it’s hard to go wrong with an opening line like ‘I can see you’re a woman of taste from your Reba McEntire tattoo’ on ‘Drink Till I See Double’”
“Hubbard has become a sort of underground legend in roots music”
“Standout album opener ‘Bad Trick’”
“His crusty, flinty voice sounds like a combination of Lucinda Williams’ southern drawl with the talk/sung cadence of Tony Joe White, both of whom know their way around muscular, ornery and edgy Southern roots rock.” (“Bad Trick”)
“Ray Wylie is clearly having a blast with every line and guitar lick, and that vibrancy shines through and brings the album the life.”
Farce The Music
CO-STARRING Track List:
1. “Bad Trick” ft. Ringo Starr, Don Was, Joe Walsh, Chris Robinson | Ray Wylie Hubbard, Judy Hubbard
2. “Rock Gods” ft. Aaron Lee Tasjan | Ray Wylie Hubbard
3. “Fast Left Hand “ft. The Cadillac Three | Ray Wylie Hubbard
4. “Mississippi John Hurt” ft. Pam Tillis| Ray Wylie Hubbard
5. “Drink Till I See Double” ft. Paula Nelson and Elizabeth Cook | Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ronnie Dunn
6. “R.O.C.K.” ft. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown | Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tyler Bryant, Caleb Crosby
7. “Outlaw Blood” ft. Ashley McBryde | Ray Wylie Hubbard
8. “Rattlesnake Shakin’ Woman” ft. Larkin Poe | Ray Wylie Hubbard
9. “Hummingbird” ft. Peter Rowan | Ray Wylie Hubbard
10. “The Messenger“ ft. Ronnie Dunn and Pam Tillis | Ray Wylie Hubbard
Earthy, real, funky, unabashed, Ray Wylie Hubbard’s records have been swapped and played on the road by everyone from Blackberry Smoke and Georgia Satellites to Black Stone Cherry. “Snake Farm” alone could be the red-blooded touring male’s reality-based point of connection. The Austin Music and Eric Church-inducted Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Famer was born in Soper, Oklahoma, went to high school with cosmic cowboy Michael Martin Murphey and spent his summers playing folk music in Red River, New Mexico. It all added to an iconoclastic, hell-bent for truths and textures in writing about the way outlaws live. For the latest information, visit raywylie.com and follow Ray Wylie on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.