USA 2015
Ray Wylie Hubbard performing...

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Earlier on in the trip, checking online on 'what to do' in Abilene, I stumbled on a Ray Wylie Hubbard gig here at The Lumberyard, not far from Abilene.
I had to cut my stay in San Antonio to a single night, but I so desperately wanted to see this gig!
When Mr Hubbard played in Edinburgh, Scotland a few years ago, I had my leg in plaster and was unable to travel. He did not cross onto the European Continent and did not return to Europe since. And I missed him in New Braunfels on a Roots and Branches show for he was touring....
So glad I caught up with the guy!


The Lumberyard, Roscoe,TX (2015)
The Lumberyard is a local hangout, where people meet and do their tv sports commentary over dinner and/or a beer.
The really strong point is the live music which can be enjoyed here; big names stop and play here.

The Lumberyard, Roscoe,TX (2015) - Live music
Getting a glimpse of the venue before the music starts.
Great names have played here, including Merle Haggard, Travis Tritt, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee of Urban Cowboy fame, the Bellamy Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Billy Bob Thornton, Terri Clark...

The Lumberyard, Roscoe,TX (2015) - Live music

The Lumberyard was opened in Oct.2010. At that time Nolan Martin was the Lumberyard's General Manager, but he passed away in 2010.
These days Sheree Corzine is the enthusiastic driving force.
It is located on the site of the old Higginbotham-Bartlett Lumberyard on 7 Cypress Street, just south of the Texas & Pacific railroad track. Whether it should be termed a restaurant, sports bar, recreational area, or night club depends on the time and reason for going!

Update - july 2021
The Lumberyard burned down!


My Favourite Texas gal!
Sheree, the manager of The Lumberyard
I got my wires crossed and showed up here in Roscoe on the thursday night, thinking it was friday night..
So we took our dinner here, enjoyed a very nice IPA beer, and paid for the tickets for the gig the next day.
When we showed up on the friday night, we were given the honour of an upgrade and were placed at a very nice table.
I rarely get to enjoy a VIP-treatment but truly enjoyed it here: thank you, Sheree Corzine!

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015) Ray
Wylie Hubbard (b. 13Nov1946) is a Texas country singer and songwriter; he was born in the town of Soper,OK.
His family moved to Oak Cliff in south Dallas,TX in 1954. Hubbard graduated in 1965 and enrolled in college, at the University of North Texas, as an English major.

He spent the summers in Red River,NM playing folk music. During his time in New Mexico, Hubbard wrote 'Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother', made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker's 1973 recording.
Bolstered by the success of the song, he was signed by Warner Bros. Records and he then put together a band of friends and locals; in 1976 an album was released by Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Cowboy Twinkies.
But the end result of the album was "a botched sound" that Hubbard disapproved of vehemently; but despite his attempts to block it, it was still released by Warner Bros. Records.
Sales were poor.
Hubbard, during the 1980s, then recorded albums for other various labels for the next 10 years, but struggled with sales; his mix of country, folk and blues elements did not find an audience.
By 1985 he even left the music scene.

He returned to recording in the early 1990s, and released his album 'Lost Train of Thought' in 1992; it was followed by 'Loco Gringo's Lament' in 1994 and eventually a steady following began to re-discover Hubbard's music.
Sales of his albums have since resurged, he is constantly touring and as in 2005 he established a website where he shares commentary with friends and fans.
From his home in Wimberley,TX (near New Braunfels), RWH hosts a Tuesday night radio show called 'Roots & Branches of Americana Music', where he plays Texas rock, country and Outlaw music.


Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)
The gig this particular night was a double act, with Reckless Kelly, but Ray Wylie played first. I so enjoyed that!!!

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)
I love RWH's music and his taunting commentary to the audience mirrors the irony of his lyrics. The best!

Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Lumberyard (Nov.2015)
Kyle Snyder played the drums (


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