Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

Ray Wylie Hubbard: Sunday, January 26 in Santa Fe

When Drew Scott, the author of Memoir Monday’s “Me, Dale and Buttermilk,” first walked into my writing class many months ago, he brought with him a copy of a cd  he compiled and  titled “Poets.” The disc includes music sung by Guy Clark, Patty Griffin, Sam Baker, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. As it turns out, fellow Texan Ray Wylie Hubbard is a friend of Drew’s as is seemingly half of Texas, but that is another story.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the cuts on Drew’s cd, but was particularly taken by Hubbard’s “Dallas After Midnight” and “Snake Farm,” which according to Drew was inspired by a real snake farm Hubbard drove past on a regular basis.

The reason I am bringing this up is Ray Wylie Hubbard is playing this Sunday at the St. Francis Auditorium at 7:30 P.M.  How fun is that.

I called Drew to ask for his description of Hubbard and his music. He first offered that Texas Music Magazine recently had him on the cover, dressed in a saffron colored robe with the caption “Wylie Lama.” So evidently Hubbard has a sense of humor and wit.

Drew describes him as a cross between Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, but ultimately unlike anyone he has ever known: “He can extract so much color from something that seems colorless.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard must be a poet.

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