A Flaneur in the Cloud - December 2, 2023

  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Grifter’s Hymnal - No Depression Americana and Roots Music
    Mando Lines: “After a couple of days listening to Hymnal, my favorite track is Mother Blues, an autobiographical tune about a young Hubbard selling his dad’s car for $500 to buy a Gold Top Les Paul from a junkie. Which he plays in a Dallas club called Mother Blues for a stripper who has a thing for Poke Salad Annie. Hubbard doesn’t know all the words but he channels enough Tony Joe White to get the stripper into bed. Now his two goals in life are achieved, or so he thinks. Things don’t work out like he planned, but they work out real well, thank you. You might call it grace, even. Lucas plays lead on a Gold Top and you realize that this song is about him and about grace visited on a grifter and a gifter of songs. As Hubbard says, “The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are really good days.” Amen, brother. It’s time for an altar call, I’d say.”
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