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Ray Wylie Hubbard Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., May 9, 8 p.m. 2010

At first I thought the title of Ray Wylie Hubbard's new A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (Bordello) was unwieldy, but that was before I heard the Texas legend sing it on the album's opening track, with its country-gospel rhythm and sparse arrangement as eerie as windblown winter trees—he's got a voice like scuffed leather and the way he turns a phrase is worthy of Bob Dylan or Tom Waits. Hubbard creates a world and a manifesto with each song—his arsenal includes slide, dobro, apocalypse, and, on "Pots and Pans," with guest moaner Maggie Walters, orgasm—and in case you somehow still have any questions left about what he's doing, there's a track called "Down Home Country Blues." If Hubbard ever goes down to the crossroads, I bet the devil will give him whatever he wants in trade for a few of these songs. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15

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