Blues master Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Colorado Springs

July 24, 2014 Updated: July 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $20 online, $25 plus ticketing fee at the door; 476-2200,

Mixing country music with folk music and then infusing it with bluesy soul is the concoction produced by 67-year-old Ray Wylie Hubbard daily.

"I'm not part of the mainstream country music scene," Hubbard said. "I like to have those powerful lyrics with blues between the groove with some depth and some weight."

That style won him a spot on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time with his 1975 hit song, "Redneck Mother," which was 90th on the list.

Hubbard grew up in Oak Cliff in south Dallas and studied English at the University of North Texas. He says his inspiration comes from poets such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb.

Songs on his most recent album, "The Grifter's Hymnal," such as "Coricidin Bottle," were written with many of his favorite poets and blues artists in mind, Hubbard said. But when poetry can't spark his imagination, he turns to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

"I learned to keep my antenna up and conscious of possible songs at all times," Hubbard said. Since releasing "The Grifter's Hymnal" in 2012, 
Hubbard has been touring the country. He returns to Stargazers Theatre & Event Center on Saturday; he last performed there in July 2012.

As a musician who actively gets the audience to participate in the show, Hubbard says he was not only 
impressed by the fans, but also by the venue. "The sound is great, the look is great and Colorado Springs fans are always really nice and really aware of my music," Hubbard said.

Rick Cookson, THE GAZETTE,

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