Ray Wylie Hubbard’s music has been described as many things, from “Progressive Country” to “Texas Country Blues”, and the singer songwriter has further separated himself from the country music norm with his most recent release. “The Ruffian’s Misfortune” is Hubbard’s latest effort, and he has said that it was his most freeing writing experience to date. Writing this record for himself rather than for his label or for air play was a risk, but Hubbard wanted to write the most honest and genuine album he could, and he was able to this time around because his wife owns the label he is currently on. Judy Hubbard told her husband, “You write whatever you want to write, and I’ll sell the damn thing.”, and that freedom has definitely proved to be successful on “The Ruffian’s Misfortune”. Hubbard appeared on Conan recently, playing music from his new record and is touring the Midwest right now. Make sure you don’t miss Ray Wylie Hubbard’s stop at the Castle Theatre on July 17th.