FYI Dave, I'm from Texas... I live in Texas. I frequent Luckenbach and I listen to a large selection of Texas music.
I can't stand anyone thinking I'm not and that is my last word on this.
Dave, I disagree wholeheartedly with your statement that Ray's best work is a long way in the rear view mirror. Red Badge of Courage, South of the River and Count My Blessings from his last CD are amazing songs. He is legendary because his writing evokes emotion and because he is genuine and authentic in delivery. His co-write with Hayes Carll, Drunken Poets Dream was listed by American Songwriter Magazine as a top song. I hope you are not looking at Redneck mother as an example of his best work, because you are overlooking 30 years of some amazing songs. (There are Some Days is brilliant)
And you may not find him legendary, that is your opinion, luckily, there are people like Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Guy Clark, Ian McLagen and many many other notable superstars of music who find him talented and legendary enough to work with. Not to mention the fans and critics all across the country who love him for the combined talents of gruff, soulfull singer and thoughtful, authentic, songwriter as well as being a truly great human being who truly appreciates his fans.
Judd, your remark about boogie rhythms and repeated lines is funny, as that is pretty much the definition of country blues ; it leads me to wonder what your review of STevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, or Lightnin' Hopkins would be. Perhaps they too would not be considered legendary by your standards.Perhaps you are looking at the likes of Pat Green or Randy Rogers as your ideal Texas singer songwriter--if so, then yeah, I bet to you Ray Wylie Hubbard might be a bit off--and for those who truly know music, we are glad he is.
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