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Snake Farm CD

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bordello
  • ASIN: B00288AXCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Ray Wylie Hubbard’s Snake Farm is a collection of commanding songs that represent the best of both worlds, juxtaposing impeccable lyrics with dirty, primal grooves. 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, and humor. Hubbard strives for a tone of decadent elegance, whether evoking polecat love or the sideshow thievery of "Rabbit". 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". Snake Farm is not for the faint of heart. But fans of lowlife chic and exemplary songwriting should lap this up quicker than cold longnecks and hot chicken-fried steak. --Alanna Nash Track list:Snake Farm/ Kilowatts/ Heartaches and Grease/ The Way of the Fallen/ Mother Hubbard’s Blues/ Rabbit/ Polecat/ Old Guitar/ Wild Gods of Mexico/ Live and Die Rock and Roll/ Resurrection

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the missing link between john lee hooker and johnny cash, snake farm is the best tune I have heard in a long time
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
More Growl than Growl 29 Jun 2006
By Joe M. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Middle-of-the-night music, fuel for bonfires, dice, and showdowns 14 July 2006
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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."
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Snake Farm-tastic 12 July 2006
By C. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dirty and Mean with good guitar work 11 Aug 2006
By lizard lick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Love at first note... 15 July 2006
By B. Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
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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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