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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00008CLLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As most music gets slicker and slicker, Hubbard grows more and more crude; Growl is even more eternal and lowdown than Eternal and Lowdown, its predecessor, on which he first explicitly relied on blues roots. With Gurf Morlix again producing, melodies meander and stumble through faraway guitars and fat, echoing bass and drums while Hubbard ponders his usual Big ‘Uns such as sin, loneliness, temptation, betrayal, and afterlife. There’s plenty of slow, shimmering bottleneck, nimble fingerpicking, and dark Southern Gothic. "Purgatory Road" could be a rewrite of "Tobacco Road" by the very wasted offspring of Tony Joe White and Bobbie Gentry. Now and again, the band shows it can also rock, as on the (perhaps overly) jaundiced "Rock-N-Roll Is a Vicious Game," or chug, as on "Stolen Horses." The biting Hubbard wit may be pretty much absent here, but that’s okay, too, because this stuff packs enough of a wallop that you don’t miss it. --John Morthland

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Great story teller and excellent music.
Jeanne L. Latham
If you like good stories, bar room tunes and a life lived through music - GET THIS and his others.
Monty
So screw you, we're from Texas... My favorite track has to be "Rock and Roll Is a Vicious Game."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on April 10, 2003
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I mean no disrespect in observing that Growl, surely Ray Wylie Hubbard's finest album, brings to mind Bob Dylan's recent work: gritty, bluesy electric sound, lyrics exhaled through clenched teeth, the years rolled by, death coming down the highway, not a moment or a thought to waste. As with Dylan's, Hubbard's writing is filtered through an intense affection for traditional folk music, lyrics from which each misses no opportunity to quote or paraphrase. At least two songs, "Rooster" and "Little Mama," could easily pass for the real thing.
Hubbard has the benefit of Gurf Morlix's keen producer's talents. As usual Morlix finds a perfect fusion of roots and modern sensibility. Even if you paid no attention to what Hubbard was singing about, this record would just plain sound good, even thrilling, to the ear. It must be said, however, that strong melodies aren't Hubbard's strong suit. Mostly, these are grooves more than melodies, and there's nothing here you're going to be humming in the shower. Still, Growl -- pretty much what this CD is -- is one superior piece of work.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2003
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The is the first Ray Wylie Hubbard CD I have ever bought. All I have to say is I will be buying more. I can not belive I missed the boat on the artist. This is the type of Texas county music I love and needs to be played more on the radio. All songs on this CD are first rate. This album sounds great sitting on the porch smoking a cigar and drinking a Shiner while talking about Texas and how great we have it here. This a must for any music fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on December 30, 2004
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I never heard of Ray Wylie Hubbard until a month ago, but I think he's going to be one of my favorite artists. "Growl" is a great CD -- a mixture of country, rock, and folk with some Texas attitude, a lot of humor, and some musing on heavy-duty topics.

Just to mention four of the songs, "Rock-n-Roll is a Vicious Game" is a semi comic bio of a rock band. You might be able to figure out the tone of "Screw you, We're From Texas" from the title, but it also has a killer rock guitar threading its way through the half-spoken vocal. "The Knives of Spain" has another great display of guitar work by Buddy Miller. And finally "No Lie" is talking blues with a beat than makes your toes wiggle.

These may be the best songs on the CD, but they're all a pretty good combination of Hubbard's gravel voice and top notch instrumentation.

Smallchief
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Cooper on June 27, 2003
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This is like Robert Johnson meets Willie Nelson. Fantastic slide guitar and the lyrics are pure Texas poetry.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on September 19, 2003
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Taken as a whole, the music here is not nimble, slick, or overpolished. "Growl" lives up to its name, as Ray Wylie Hubbard plumbs life's true meaning. He conjures up songs about drinking, playing dice, drugs, immortality, crime, death, love, and all the other important themes generally taboo for those who pander to the radio gods. Mr. Hubbard crafts superb lyrics, rarely pulling punches but sometimes things get a little over the top as in Rock-n-Roll Is a Vicious Game.
Most tracks find Mr. Hubbard melding his---how can one describe his vocals adequately---voice and various guitars with Rick Richards on drums and Gurf Morlix on all sorts of guitars, bass, and percussion plus production.
And the production here is dead-on, just enough spit and polish to hold things together instead of smothering the rough spirit of this music.
"Growl" occupies that niche of music that is hard to label, similar to much of Steve Earle's work. But careful listening to this CD brings its own rewards and even casual listening its own joys. In short, "Growl" deserves to be heard by a wider audience, not that the audience deserves to hear it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Over the Top on October 19, 2004
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I was walking down a creek bed out in the country with a friend, telling him about this album. I went on to say that I believed he, Ray Wylie, is one of the great poets of our time. He asked, "Are you including Dylan?" I was thinking about whether to include Dylan in the category of "our time," and must have thought quietly for awhile, and before I could answer, my friend said, "wow." I guess that was an answer. When I listen to this album, the most vivid images wash through my head. He has an uncanny ability to present profound issues, mixing it with prosaic, folksy phrases. Who else could replicate the freedom of Nirvana with riding on stolen horses. You sense that you are in the hands of a master, stretching you in ways you've never been stretched. Listening to this music and taken as a whole, I sometimes see a tow headed kid on the rolling prairies of Oklahoma, growing up listening to Muddy Waters.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
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Ray Wylie Hubbard one of Texas' favorite sons has recorded a new anthem for Texans. Screw You We're From Texas! is a new classic. Although it's just a bump in the road for this incredibly soulful disc. Ray's songs are more like paintings. It's impossible to listen to his lyrics without seeing them in your head. Songwriting like this is what legends are made of, Townes, Guy Clark, Dylan. People who with a two minute tune and soulful guitar can draw on your inner being and bring you into their world and away from yours. This is real American music, combine Lighting Hopkins and Willie Nelson and you've got Ray Wylie Hubbard. Do yourself a favor if you love music and buy this disc.
It's as simple as that. The term songwriter is something that should be earned, if that was the case RWH is a Doctor of Musicology. Texas should be proud!!!!
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