Ray Wylie Hubbard started his journey as a folk singer in his native Oklahoma before falling in with the wild and wooly cosmic/outlaw Texas country scene of the ’70s—in large part by way of penning the immortal “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” which Jerry Jeff Walker recorded on his seminal 1973 album ¡Viva Terlingua!. This skyrocketed Hubbard to cult status on the progressive country circuit, leading to the formation of cowpunk group Ray Wylie Hubbard & the Cowboy Twinkies, but their revolutionary sound was too radical for the time to be popular. The band dissolved not long after the release of their self-titled album.
Hubbard recorded several more albums through the rest of the '70s and '80s but met little acclaim until 1994’s Loco Gringo’s Lament. He’s moved from strength to strength ever since, recording a handful of acclaimed albums with noted producers Lloyd Maines and Gurf Morlix and cementing his standing as one of the most respected artists on the modern Americana scene. At 68 years old, he continues to tour, record a weekly radio program, mentor artists (to them, he is affectionately known as the "Wylie Lama") and release new music. His autobiography, A Life... Well, Lived, will be published later this year.