Ray Wylie Hubbard is the patriarch of the rough-and-tumble Texas music scene. Along with fellow songwriters James McMurtry and rising star Ryan Bingham, Hubbard is carrying on in the vein of the original outlaw badasses – Willie, Waylon, and Hank. On his latest release, A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C), Hubbard delivers yet another collection of beer-drinkin’, honky-tonkin’, bottle-smashin’ country rock-and-roll tunes.
On A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C), Hubbard strays repeatedly between the dark and the light, for he, like all of us, stands with one foot in damnation and the other in salvation. That dichotomy drives this batch of tunes. Listen to the rowdy gospel stomp of “Whoop and Hollar” and then the pure debauchery of “Drunken Poet’s Dream” – if you don’t recognize that struggle within yourself, that place in your soul where the harlot wrestles with the righteous woman over who gets to take you home at night, where piety clashes headlong with hedonism, you just aren’t paying attention.
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) is out now on Bordello Records.