With an innate knack for transforming the commonplace into profound, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD has created nuanced and naughty over the last five decades. His talents often escape a siloed mainstream lens, those who are in the know relish in the Oklahoma-born, Texas-dwelling renegade poet. Electric Rock pairing with Lzzy Hale and John 5, “Naturally Wild,” is the latest single with signature guitar squeals and boisterous vocals.
Expanding on 2020’s CO-STARRING – the all-star project that included Don Was, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Dunn, Peter Rowan, Larkin Poe and Aaron Lee Tasjan, among others – Hubbard returns with another with a legion of misfits, both newcomers and icons alike. The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Famer invites a musical cohort of Willie Nelson, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Cross Canadian Ragweed founder Cody Canada, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Dalton Domino, Charlie Sexton, Gurf Morlix, Jaimee Harris, Wynonna Judd, Eliza Gilkyson Lucas Hubbard, Ringo Starr, Steve Lukather, Ann Wilson, The Bluebonnets, Kathy Valentine, Kevin Russell, the Shiny Soul Sisters, The Last Bandoleros and The Band of Heathens for another bar-setting album.
“All the twists of life have led me to some pretty interesting scenarios and people along the way. I’ve been just lucky enough to find inspiration in witnessing it all,” says Hubbard. “I’m grateful for this new crop of tunes and hope those who’ve been with me on this journey find some they can groove with too.”
Return of the Cosmic Trickster Songwriter:
Ray Wylie Hubbard’s CO-STARRING TOO Arrives March 18
Encore Mash-Up Features All-Stars Willie Nelson, John 5, Steve Earle, James McMurtry, Ringo Starr, LzzyHale, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Wynonna & More
CO-STARRING TOO TRACKLIST:
Stone Blind Horses (ft. Willie Nelson) Groove (ft. Kevin Russell and the Shiny Soul Sisters) Only a Fool (ft. The Bluebonnets) Hellbent for Leather (ft. Steve Earle) Naturally Wild (ft. Lzzy Hale and John 5) Fancy Boys (ft. Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Dalton Domino) Texas Wild Side (ft. The Last Bandoleros) Till My Wheels Fall Off (ft. Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Cody Canada) Pretty Reckless (ft. Wynonna Judd, Jaimee Harris, Charlie Sexton, and Gurf Morlix) Ride or Die (ft. Ringo Starr, Lucas Hubbard, Steve Lukather, Eliza Gilkyson, Ann Wilson) Desperate Man (ft. Band of Heathens)
* Produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard and Julian Raymond
Poet. Trickster. Songwriter. Ray Wylie Hubbard has twisted the mystic, the quixotic and the profane into songs for more than half a century on a journey that has crossed paths with the most acclaimed and quirky artists of our time. With a love of life, characters and a certain funky beat, the Oklahoma-born, Texas-dwelling creative saw the unprecedented success of Jerry Jeff Walker-recorded “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” a legion of misfit fans and his first-ever Austin City Limits televised performance. Reflecting on the embrace of 2020’s CO-STARRING – the all-star project that included Don Was, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Dunn, Peter Rowan, Larkin Poe and Aaron Lee Tasjan, among others – Hubbard returns with another bar-setting album. Pre-order CO-STARRING TOO ahead of the March 18 release.
“As a man of many friends,” Hubbard says laughing, “there were so very many people I just couldn’t get on the one project. So many people I wanted to do things with, but I just couldn’t. It stuck with me, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘Why not make Co-Starring Too? Beyond the pun, it’s something I thought we could do, and do with the same kind of quality.”
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