Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ray Wylie Hubbard's career began in 1965 and has seen him fly under the mainstream spotlight that's illuminated his Lone Star contemporaries like Willie, Waylon and Jerry Jeff. This may have more to do with his subject matter than anything else. Hubbard takes his cues from Muddy Waters, not Hank Williams, and everything he writes about—from his frequent unapologetic exhalations on the virtues of unstable women to topics like tornadoes ripping down farm shanties—are not only intensely compelling, but oddly sexy. The man is a master painter for whom the blues is a canvas and his palette the creepy, Jesus-drenched, underbelly of the feel-good Texas music scene. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Thu., May 31, 8 p.m., 2012

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