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LISTEN: Ray Wylie Hubbard Has Our Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A blond woman with red heart shaped glasses sings next to a man playing the guitar with grey wavy hair and rose-colored glasses.
Ray Wylie Hubbard is joined by the Mountain Stage Band and vocalist Jaimee Harris.
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Ray Wylie Hubbard is joined by the Mountain Stage Band and vocalist Jaimee Harris during this week’s rebroadcast of episode 998.

The legendary icon of cosmic cowboy country music, Ray Wylie Hubbard, returns to Mountain Stage with host Kathy Mattea, along with a line-up jam-packed with exceptional songwriting talent. We’ll also hear performances from Mary Gauthier, Cole Chaney, Frances Luke Accord, and Darden Smith.

Join us starting Friday, July 14 on these NPR stations for the entire episode.

Texas native, and former high school band mate of our founder Larry Groce, Hubbard has carved out an unmistakable niche in the modern world of folk, rock and Americana music. His latest album, Co-Starring Too, exemplifies his reach and influence with featured guests like Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Wynonna and Jaimee Harris (herself a guest alongside Mary Gauthier on this show).

Our Song of the Week is Hubbard’s performance of “Desperate Man,” which closes out the studio album with guest-stars Band of Heathens. In this version, the Mountain Stage Band can be heard backing Hubbard.

Hear the entire set, plus captivating performances from revered songwriter Mary Gauthier, poet, photographer and song craftsmen Darden Smith, roots-pop duo Frances Luke Accord, and emerging Kentucky songwriter Cole Chaney.

They’re all in live performance on this week’s Mountain Stage, heard weekly on these public radio stations or via our Mountain Stage podcast.