Saw mention of the old Guy Clark thread and thought I would open a new version...I've been tuning in to a lot of great singer-songwriters lately, guys like James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, and especially Ray Wylie Hubbard. They are all great, and check them out if you like Guy Clark.
- Joshua Hedley, "Mr. Jukebox". This guy is compared to Jim Reeves, and with good reason. If you're a fan of the 1960's sound in country -- a solid pocket with a lot of skill in front on guitar and slide, this guy is for you. He's on Third Man Records, Jack White's label.
- James McMurtry, "Choctaw Bingo" - a song about N. Texas/Oklahoma's meth-lands. The video shows the places mention in the song. Check out Ray Wylie Hubbard's bluesier version. McMurtry opened for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit earlier this year at DPAC.
- Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Bad Ass Rockin" - this guy is all about the Texas blues, and is a great storyteller. If a snake farm sounds nasty to you, it pretty much is. I am contemplating a trip to Austin just to see Ray Wylie, he's getting on in years but still plays shows mostly in Texas. Think ZZ Top, but more down home and bluesy.
Here's Ray Wylie having a conversation with the Devil, trying to bargain his way out of Hell: