Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Opium”
After reviewing so many young indie bands, it is always a difficult task to review a country veteran with a deep catalog like Ray Wylie Hubbard. The thing is, even though Hubbard’s sound is steeped in traditional blues and country, his records have an interesting way of sounding completely current. This can be most closely credited to Hubbard’s influence rather than his sound itself, inspiring young folksters to dig deep into their roots to create such a pure tone like Hubbard’s. Musically, Hubbard mostly sticks to minimal accompaniment to let his stories take center stage, a true songwriter’s songwriter. Even in the later part of his career, Hubbard sounds as strong as ever and is a welcome addition to any folk-based showcase.