Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
When legendary Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard rambles into The Hangar in Troy on Saturday night (October 24), fans will notice something brand spankin’ new and different on his merch table – a book.
Yes, hot on the heels of his new album, The Ruffian’s Misfortune (which was praised by American Songwriter as “a lean, mean set that wraps up in just over a half hour but whose raw reverberations last long after”), the acclaimed singer-songwriter penned his memoir “A Life … Well, Lived,” which traces his remarkable journey from folk gypsy to outlaw country upstart to wizened architect of grit ’n’ groove.
“It just kind of fell into place,” Hubbard explains, noting that the whole book took him the better part of two years to complete, with good friend and music writer Thom Jurek earning a “with” credit on the cover for his invaluable input not just as editor but as a sounding board and cheerleader. “I wrote every word in it, and I don’t think he really changed anything at all,” Hubbard continues, “but I don’t think I would have finished it without his encouragement, which is why I wanted to give him more than just an ‘edited by’ credit.”