Freitag, 4. Mai 2012: RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
CD THE GRIFTER’S HYMNAL. Bordello 6 26570 61779 2, USA.
Track 1: Coricidin Bottle (2:01). Track 2: South Of The River (4:08). Track 3: Lazarus (3:14). Track 4: New Year’s Eve At The Gates Of Hell (3:32). Track 5: Moss And Flowers (3:17). Track 6: Red Badge Of Courage (4:15). Track 7: Train Yard (3:17). Track 8: Coochy Coochy (Richard Starkey) (3:28). Track 9: Mother Blues (5:58). Track 10: Henhouse (4:32). Track 11: Count My Blessings (4:25). Track 12: Ask God (3:31).
Musiker bei Coochy Coochy: RAY WYLIE HUBBARD (akustische Gitarre, elektrische Gitarre, Slide-Gitarre, Harmonika); RINGO STARR (Backgroundgesang, Gitarre, Händeklatschen, Rassel); BILL CASSIS (Gitarre); AUDLEY FREED (Gitarre); IAN McLAGEN (Keyboards); LUCAS HUBBARD (Gitarre); GEORGE REIFF (akustische Gitarre, elektrische Gitarre, Slide-Gitarre, Harmonika); BRAD RICE (Gitarre); RICK RICHARDS (Schlagzeug): Track 8: Coochy Coochy (Richard Starkey) (3:28).
Mitwirkende: Ray Wylie Hubbard; RINGO STARR (bei Coochy Coochy); Billy Cassis; Audley Freed; Lucas Hubbard; Ian McLagan; George Reiff; Brad Rice; Rick Richards.
Produzenten: Ray Wylie Hubbard und George Reiff.
Pressetext: Zwölf neue Songs des Americana-Stars Ray Wylie Hubbard, griffig und bodenständig, sehr Sixties-lastig, irgendwo zwischen Small Faces, Rolling Stones und Buffalo Springfield.
Reiff and Hubbard (acoustic, electric and slide guitar; harmonica) are joined on the record by drummer Rick Richards, legendary keyboard player Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones), and guitarists Billy Cassis, Brad Rice, Audley Freed, and Hubbard’s 18-year-old son, Lucas. And, just for good measure, a Beatle: Ringo Starr contributes vocals, guitar, handclaps and shakers to the album’s one cover, his own Coochy Coochy. “I’m a grifter – I figured if I did a RINGO STARR song and sent it to him, maybe he’d sing on it!” Hubbard confesses with a laugh.
Actually, STARR has been a Hubbard fan since hearing 2006’s Snake Farm, which prompted him to invite both Hubbard and Richards to his home in Los Angeles and to his all-star birthday celebration at Radio City Music Hall. “He loved Rick”, Hubbard says. “He was introducing us to people like, ‘This is Ray and this is his drummer. He travels with a drummer – not a bass player, a drummer!’ And one afternoon at his house he said something about how he liked my songwriting, and I said, ‘Well, I really like your songwriting, too.’ And he said, ‘Very few think of me as a songwriter, nobody ever cuts any of my songs.’ And I said, ‘I will!'”
Coochy Coochy (which first surfaced as a STARR B-side in 1970) provides The Grifter’s Hymnal with one of its lighter moments, but it fits right in as part of an album that above all else is a celebration of getting one’s rock ‘n’ roll ya-ya’s out. Admittedly, Hubbard notes that a handful of the songs “kind of mention God or salvation”, while “Lazarus” and “Moss And Flowers” both address mortality and the haunting “Red Badge of Courage” offers a somber meditation on the psychiatric battle scars of war. But sonically, the spirit of the album is best summed up by the call to arms he issues in “South Of The River”: “Wake that thing up and put some clothes around it / You lost your prescription, I found it / You need some good rocking, nothing painful …”