Salt of the earth, dust of the road

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Jeff Lautenberger/DMN
If you missed Texas country-blues rocker Ray Wylie Hubbard when he came through town last year, make a date to be at Dan’s Silverleaf by 8:30 tonight at the latest. Hubbard, an acolyte of Willie Nelson, spent last year touring with songs from his 2012 release, The Grifter’s Hymnal. Hubbard is a quintessential Texas musician. He came of age in the 1960s, when Texas was still finding its place in the American Southwest. All of the cultures that make up the cocktail that is Texas can be found in a Hubbard record: the twang of country and Western, the bedeviling beat of the Beatles invasion, the folksy, torchy quality of the Delta blues. And for all of Denton’s talk about needing its music honest, it’s found someone to sit near the altar with in Ray Wylie. The singer-songwriter has the soul of a poet and the calloused fingers of a road-worn blues guitarist. (See: “Whoop and Holler” from A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment, 2009). Kelley Mickwee from the Trishas opens at 8 p.m. Hubbard goes on at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for limited seating, $15 for standing room. For tickets, visit www.danssilverleaf.com .

 


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