Texas-based singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is a country music veteran. With 16 albums over a four-decade career, Hubbard has always been a genre-bender. He was part of the 1970s outlaw movement, when the conservative country music scene was invaded by musicians like Hubbard (and Willie and Waylon)—long-haired, denim-wearing singers whose style of country was a counterculture reaction to Nashville’s mainstream music. His 1973 single “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” was his big break, and it became an anthem in its time bringing together the hippies and rednecks for beer-soaked nights of raucous entertainment.
After overcoming substance abuse, Hubbard came back with a strong focus on his music and a new spiritual awakening that fueled his desire to tour, produce music and prove that he wasn’t a one-hit wonder.
Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform at the Hangar (275 River St., Troy) tonight (Thursday, May 1) at 8 PM. Tickets are $20. Call 272-9740 for more info.