The Covered Bridge Music Series is holding another outdoor show on May 23. Singer/Songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform behind Herrold Hall on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus lawn on Saturday, May 23.
A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother." Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-'50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey and was befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
In 1973, Hubbard rekindled his friendship with Walker who recorded Hubbard's most famous composition, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," on his acclaimed Viva Terlingua LP. The success of the album guaranteed Hubbard instant cult status within progressive country circles.
In 1978, he signed to Willie Nelson's short-lived Lone Star imprint to record “Off the Wall,” which contained his own version of "Redneck Mother."
Today Hubbard is considered an elder statesman of the Texas music scene. From New Braunfels, Texas, Hubbard hosts a Tuesday night radio show called "Roots & Branches". His highly anticipated next album, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune,” is due out April 7.
Opening the show will be Houston, Texas native John Evans. Evans is a staple on the Texas music scene, and rarely ventures outside of the state. Currently residing in Austin, Evans blends influences of rock and roll, punk rock, blues and country into a unique and enjoyable roots musical style. He has earned many accolades including being named Houston’s male vocalist of the year six times, songwriter of the year four times and two times best musician. Evans has written and collaborated with other artists such as Hayes Carll, Roger Creager and Corb Lund. Evans co-wrote Carll’s title cut from his 2011 album KMAG-YOYO and appeared with Carll’s band during a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/events/coveredbridgemusicseries.cfm Doors will open at 7 p.m. Evans will begin at 8 p.m. Hubbard will start at 9 p.m. The Burrito Buggy food truck from Ohio University in Athens will be on site and beverages will be for sale. Profits from the beverage sales go to support the series.
The Covered Bridge Music Series is a joint venture between Ohio University Lancaster Campus and The Lancaster Festival. The purpose of the partnership is to showcase fresh and relevant musical talent providing discovery and enjoyment for the campus and Fairfield County communities and the region.