Ray Wylie Hubbard’s New LP Is ‘Co-Starring’
Ray Wylie Hubbard has released a lot of albums over the years but it was a bit of a surprise when Big Machine Records signed Hubbard to their roster for his latest project because Big Machine tends to concentrate on big Nashville Acts like Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland among others.
Hubbard is a legendary country music outlaw and has been for decades. Not only has he been a highly successful and respected singer, songwriter, and performer since the early 1970’s, gaining fame in the progressive country era, but he continues to constantly evolve from one stage to the next with his music. He has written numerous hits for other performers dating back to hit songs like Jerry Jeff Walker's "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother."
In many, probably most cases, when you sign with a major label, they want to change you and make you into what they think you should be for them. Big Machine Records did not try to do that and I’m sure Hubbard would have walked away if they had.
I think it’s great that the label gave him total control to make this album on his own terms. He controlled everything including writing, arranging, producing and selecting numerous other talented singers to join him on various songs throughout the album.
Featured artist on the album include: Pam Tillis, Ronnie Dunn, Paula Nelson, Elizabeth Cook, Ashley McBride and of course his current hit “Bad Trick” featuring Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and Don Was, plus other great talents on the album.
Ray brings you a lot of diversity on this album, not only with multiple voices, but you will hear country, blues and rock, a combination that Hubbard is a Master at bringing together.
Ray Wylie Hubbard truly is a living legend who always has and looks like always will do things his way for his many fans!