Crusades of the Restless Knights

Crusades of the Restless Knights

by Ray Wylie Hubbard
     
 

Ray Wylie Hubbard has been there, done that, and come back wiser -- or at least with better questions -- from the experience. A Texas hero spoken of in the same breath as legends Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, Hubbard's paid his dues on the regional level. On these CRUSADES, the mystic cowboy with a poet's way withSee more details below

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Ray Wylie Hubbard has been there, done that, and come back wiser -- or at least with better questions -- from the experience. A Texas hero spoken of in the same breath as legends Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Lyle Lovett, Hubbard's paid his dues on the regional level. On these CRUSADES, the mystic cowboy with a poet's way with words rides again, through lands of revival preachers ("The River Runs Red"); crows, snakes, eagles, and ethics ("Crows"); encounters with an undead lover ("River Bed"); and a discourse with the Devil ("Conversation with the Devil"). Look to Hubbard to reach beyond cult status with these journeys between light and darkness framed in the voice of a rough-and-tumble survivor.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
"I wanted to be a folk singer," Ray Wylie Hubbard told annotator Geoffrey Himes of his early goal in the liner notes of his second Philo album, Crusades of the Restless Knights, and the record bore out the renewal of that ambition. Although the arrangements of Hubbard's tunes usually found several pickers playing stringed instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, steel guitar, bass, mandolin, Dobro), the simple song structures and restrained lyrics gave them the feel of old folk songs. Even when he waxed verbose, on "Conversation With the Devil," Hubbard was employing the talking blues form that dated back to Woody Guthrie and beyond. More typically, he would sing an entire song about a woman getting dressed up for a night on the town ("Red Dress"), each verse describing another article of clothing or makeup. There was a lot deliberately left out of such songs, but the suggestions of meaning were filled in by Hubbard's world-weary persona and rough, south-Texas-accented singing voice. It was music for anyone who liked his peers, especially Jimmie Dale Gilmore and the name-checked Townes Van Zandt, using a similar language and attitude. The strain of '70s-era Texas singer/songwriters turned out to be amazingly rich, and even this late-breaking legend lived up to his reputation after surviving to sobriety.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
Label:
Philo / Umgd
UPC:
0011671121826
catalogNumber:
711218
Rank:
54278

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Wylie Hubbard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Lisa Mednick   Accordion,Background Vocals
Stephen Bruton   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Troy Campbell   Background Vocals
Patty Griffin   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Pearcy   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Cardboard Box
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Upright Bass
Terry Ware   Electric Guitar
Terri Hendrix   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eamon McLoughlin   Fiddle,Violin
Eamon McLaughlin   Fiddle,Violin

Technical Credits

Ray Wylie Hubbard   Producer
Lloyd Maines   Producer
Paul Pearcy   Sound Effects
Fred Remmert   Engineer,Mastering
John T. Davis   Liner Notes
Geoffrey Himes   Liner Notes
Francisco Gonzalez   Artwork

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