Book Review: The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard

Atkinson's book demonstrates why so many musicians and industry professionals hold Ray Wylie Hubbard in such high regard. Atkinson even takes readers into and beyond the seedy bar in Red River, NM, where the incident occurred that inspired Hubbard's most famous song, "Redneck Mother." The book also features interviews with Eric Church, Steve Earle, Kinky Friedman, Chris Robinson and Jerry Jeff Walker. It also includes insights from up-and-comers such as Elizabeth Cook, Jaren Johnston, Ben Kwelleer, Aaron Lee Tasja and Paul Thorn. The book explores Hubbard's spiritual depth as a lyricist and his multi-dimensional musical reach.

By Brian T. Atkinson

(hardcover) $28.00