Ray Wylie Hubbard

The Ruffian's Misfortune

I often listen to Rock101, a radio station in Mexico City where I grew up. They play more good eclectic music than any station I’ve heard anywhere. A song called Chick Singer, Badass Rockin’ from Ray Wylie Hubbard’s new album, The Ruffian’s Misfortune has found its way in their rotation as of late. After hearing this song, I had to buy the album, not the CD or mp3 but the record album. My investment of $13.00 was well worth it. This is one of the best hard hitting records I’ve heard in a long time. Ray’s ability to write lyrics with actual meaning behind his words has me laughing and feeling a kinship with a fellow rocker who has lived the life he sings about. At 68 Ray has more balls and lyrical power than the Stones have had in the last 25 years. He has stayed true to his roots not selling out to Nashville (think singer song/writers that Mr. Hank III points his middle finger at). I gave up drinking Jack over 20 years ago. But every now and then I find a reason that I must pour one and this was definitely one of those occasions. I’m not one to quote lyrics and I’m not going to either because I feel it’s important for the listener to discover them on his/her own. But for christ sake, any song with a title like Chick Singer, Badass Rockin’ is going to make you want to get up and kick the neighbor’s son for listening to Justin Beaver.
Please, please, PLEASE check him out. You will not be disappointed – unless dance music is your music of choice in which case, get the fuck out of here!