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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Albuquerque Folk Festival Kickoff Concert

at Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE (off of Alameda)
Albuquerque NM 87113
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Time: 7:30pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:30pm     Ages: All Ages    
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Tickets are $28 in advance, $33 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Tickets can also be purchased as part of an Albuquerque Folk Festival Package (concert and AFF day pass) at a $5 savings:

  • $39 adult, $34 student/senior (including all service charges).  

We are excited to be partnering with the Albuquerque Folk Festival with this special kickoff concert! This concert will be on the Folk Festival grounds—outside behind the Balloon Museum. Seating is provided under the performance tent and you are welcome to sit on the grass outside of the tent. And plan to come back for the Folk Festival the next day!

When it comes to down 'n' dirty roots 'n' roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard [web site | Amazon.com]. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012's acclaimed The Grifter's Hymnal and his first ever appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" ("I didn't want to peak too soon," quips Hubbard, 69), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian's Misfortune—his 16th album.

From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the '60s to his wild ride through the '70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the '80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter's songwriter in the '90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That's when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues, a form he'd admired but steered clear of for decades, thinking its mysteries were beyond his grasp as a basic chord strummer. 

"I used to go see Lightnin' Hopkins and Mance Lipscomb and Freddie King, all those cats, but I never could play like them—I guess because I never took the time or effort to try—until I was in my 40s and learned how to finger pick," says Hubbard. "Once I learned how to finger pick, I started going, 'Oh, OK, this is how they did all that!' Then I started learning open tuning, and then slide, and it was just this incredible freedom that gave all these songs a door to come through that wasn't there before. It was like all of a sudden having this whole other language or a whole other set of tools to add to my arsenal." 

In lieu of drugs and alcohol, that language became Hubbard's new addiction—and the title of his 2001 album Eternal and Lowdown somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy: 15 years further down the road, he's still chasing hellhounds deep into the underbelly of the blues, with a Lightnin' Hopkins gleam in his eyes and a Rolling Stones swagger in his bootsteps. The Ruffian's Misfortune is his latest missive home from this leg of his long journey. Its message? Don't wait up.

"A tough, fierce, and joyous album full of great songs and performances... full of fine, smoky grooves with just the right amount of gravel-road growl... The Ruffian's Misfortune shows the man is doing some of the very best work of his career 40 years on." (All Music Guide)


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