Crusades of the Restless Knights

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671121826
  • Catalog Number: 711218
  • Sales rank: 50,738

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Wylie Hubbard Primary Artist, 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, 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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