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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sustain Records
  • ASIN: B000FMGTW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Snake Farm
2. Kilowatts
3. Heartaches and Grease
4. The Way of the Fallen
5. Mother Hubbard's Blues
6. Rabbit
7. Pole Cat
8. Old Guitar
9. Wild Gods of Mexico
10. Live and Die Rock and Roll

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Ray Wylie Hubbard's latest offering is the gritty, humorous, seductive and exhilaratingly intelligent, Snake Farm, a collection of commanding songs that represent the best of both worlds, juxtaposing impeccable lyrics with dirty, primal grooves. The distinct imprint of umber roots producer/guitarist Gurf Morlix is apparent in the record's authentic texture and sonic superiority.

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To listen to Ray Wylie Hubbard's Snake Farm is to enter an eerie netherworld populated by dark and fascinating characters, some of whom are creepy enough to give you the shivers. The sandpaper-voiced Hubbard, a Texas songwriting legend, works a primal, greasy groove with these bluesy portraits, starting with Ramona, the dancing, tattooed reptile-house worker of the unforgettable title track. "Snake Farm" hypnotically mixes slithering images of sex, fear, revulsion, and humor, especially when Hubbard lets out a shimmering and menacing shudder of disgust. ("Snake farm / It just sounds nasty / Snake farm / Purty much is.") Guitar gunslinger Seth James sharpens the fine point on the stiletto that helps make these songs so lethal, but throughout, Hubbard strives for a tone of decadent elegance, whether evoking polecat love or the sideshow thievery of "Rabbit" ("There's two kinds of people in the world / The day people and the night people / It's the night people's job / To get the day people's money"). Produced by the masterful Gurf Morlix, who keeps things lean, foreboding, and roadhouse rough, the album sounds as if it were recorded in a room lit only by a naked 90-watt bulb--the perfect atmosphere in which to conjure songs of sin, deceit, and subterranean shenanigans. By record's end, redemption appears in a gonzo-ized telling of the Christ tale ("Resurrection"). But the Devil holds center stage until then, particularly on "The Way of the Fallen," inspired by Dante's Inferno, and on the Joseph Campbell mythology of "Wild Gods of Mexico," which involves a graphic canine sacrifice. Like Reservoir Dogs, the Quentin Tarantino classic Hubbard references in another humorous--if complex--example of women, sex, and revulsion, Snake Farm is not for the faint of heart. But fans of lowlife chic and exemplary Texas songwriting should lap this up quicker than cold longnecks and hot chicken-fried steak. --Alanna Nash

Customer Reviews

I woud recomend this to all music lovers.
REO
He and Gurf Morlix really sound like they are having fun playing together and that always makes an album special to me.
lizard lick
Though Mr. Hubbard's considerable sense of humor and keen wit are not lost, his music has changed a great deal.
loce_the_wizard

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joe M. Jenkins on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ray continues move away from folk/country style music to a more roots blues sound. If you liked RWH's Growl you will love this one. Greasy backwoods roadhouse southern fried blues. Gurf Morlix' guitar and production work with RWH is fantastic. RWH is an American roots music treasure who keeps getting better with age.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on July 14, 2006
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Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Snake Farm" is one evil, growling monster of a record, a finely focused muscular effort that effuses grit, malice, and funk. The sound ripples with thick, raw grooves that compliment the subject matter: the devil, women, redemption and damnation, hexes, and guitars. Clearly, this stuff is middle-of-the-night music, fuel for bonfires, dice, and showdowns.

Though Mr. Hubbard's considerable sense of humor and keen wit are not lost, his music has changed a great deal. To see how dramatically Mr. Hubbard's, listen to "Dangerous Spirits," a much more freewheeling, country-laced sound. More specifically, compare the earlier, lilting version of Resurrection with the darker vibe that runs through the same song on "Snake Farm."

Nearly all the tracks feature Hubbard along with a now familiar cast of characters: his producer and guitar player Gurf Morlix, stalwart Rick Richards on drums, and steady George Reiff on bass. A smattering of guests keep matters interesting without altering the focus.

Time to get yourself down to the "Snake Farm."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I thought "Delirium Tremolos" was the ultimate display of Ray Wylie Hubbard's style & talent, then I listened to "Snake Farm". Wow! I didn't think RWH's essence could be distilled down any further after "DT", but with "Snake Farm" I was hooked from the first riff & didn't come up for air until the cd changer kicked in at the end. This stuff is 100 proof Hubbard. Honey, it's all good, down to the last drop.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lizard lick on August 11, 2006
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The whole album has that old southern blues rock grind, but it doesn't lose the Ray Wylie effect. Good guitar work throughout the entire album. As most of Ray Wylie's songs they are songs of blood, sweat and grease with a touch of sin and redemption. He and Gurf Morlix really sound like they are having fun playing together and that always makes an album special to me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Boyd on July 15, 2006
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I can't get this cd out of my player. I love Austin music and Ray is the best. The swampy, sultry sound can take you away. The lyrics are amazing and certain lines stick in my head. Amazing stuff and a far cry from 'Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers' although I like that too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coby Glass on June 29, 2006
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Being here in Georgia, I get the opportunity to expose folks to some of the music I get to hear when working in Texas. Snake Farm, and Ray Wylie Hubbard in general, is best played for folks who know, and can hear, the talent in the songwriting and the musical licks. Grab a smoke and some brown liquor and play this one twice through.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fluffy, the human being. on March 11, 2007
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this is what early zz top would have sounded like had they leaned toward alt-country rather than rock. mr hubbard plays superb electric guitar and is a fine songwriter to boot. down and dirty, gritty and greasy, blues and country and rock & roll. choosen as one of the 50 best albums of 2006 by no depression magazine, i recommend this to swamp-rockers everywhere.
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Ashleen O'Gaea on April 14, 2007
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We heard the title cut on Tucson's KXCI, and had to get the album. We picked it up from our P.O. box today and put it right in the CD player on our way to exercise, and listened to it as went went about our errands afterwards. It's modern blues, with that little edge to it, and just fun to listen to. If you're into analyzing songs, these can certainly be said to speak to the modern angst and all, like blues are supposed to. The lyrics (which are printed out) are simple, strange, and can, I think, be as Meaningful as you want 'em to be. Hubbard's voice has a sort of limited range, but it's a great voice, distinctive, full of personality and subtle expression, and easy on the ears at the same time it commands attention. It's gonna be years before we even -begin- to tire of this album, and we're already raving about it to our friends.
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