Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Texas Legends Series - Volume Three: Shaver, Dale Watson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard

   Back in 2012, I posted a compilation featuring three great Texas artists: James Hand, Justin Trevino, and Don Walser and then last year, I posted a second volume of Texas legends - The Gourds, Doug Sahm, and Spoon.  I decided not to wait another six years so here's another volume in the Texas Legend Series featuring Billy Joe Shaver, Dale Watson, and Ray Wylie Hubbard.   I won't discuss their careers except to mention that Billy Joe Shaver was supposedly the inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in the movie Crazy Heart.  Also, I must issue a mea culpa - I haven't been keeping up with Dale Watson's recordings over the last 5-6 years, but was very pleasantly surprised (well, not really surprised) at how good his latest, Call Me Lucky, is.  Additionally, if I had to recommend just one album from each of the featured artists, I'd go with Shaver's Tramp on Your Street, Dale Watson's I Hate These Songs, and Ray Wylie Hubbard's Loco Gringo's Lament.

     I've also re-upped a bunch of other Texas artists:
The Damnations' Where it Lands
The 3 named singer-songwriter compilation
The Robert Earl Keen - Lyle Lovett compilation
A Trip Back to Alternative Country - Volume 4 compilation


(Up Against The Wall) Redneck Mother Ray Wylie Hubbard
Highway Of Life Shaver
Sweet Jessie Brown Dale Watson
Nashville Rash Dale Watson
When She Sang Amazing Grace Ray Wylie Hubbard
Restless Wind Shaver
...Loose Nut Behind The Wheel Dale Watson
She Can Dance Shaver
Love Never Dies Ray Wylie Hubbard
Coricidin Bottle Ray Wylie Hubbard
Hey Driver Dale Watson
This River Runs Red Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ragged Old Truck Billy Joe Shaver
I Hate These Songs Dale Watson
Bottom Dollar Billy Joe Shaver
Blue Eyes Dale Watson
The Ballad Of The Crimson Kings Ray Wylie Hubbard
Live Forever Shaver