WANT TO GO?
With Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dar Williams, the dB's, Arthur Alligood and The New Rope String Band
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance $25, at the door $15
INFO: 800-594-TIXX or www.mountainstage.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --Ray Wylie Hubbard is threatening to write his memoirs. Well, it's not exactly a threat, but he's still writing things down.
"Everybody else is doing it," said Hubbard, who plays "Mountain Stage" Sunday. "I got a bunch of old crazy road stories. It's not quite Motley Crue, but I've had some adventures."
A lot of adventures. And after almost 50 years of playing music, the 65 year-old elder statesman of the Texas music scene is still having them.
Some of these adventures are funny. Others are kind of weird. A few don't seem particularly likely -- like how Hubbard became friends with Ringo Starr.
"I met Ringo out in California," Hubbard said. "Brent Carpenter, who does all his videos, came out to a show."
Hubbard and his band were playing songs from his album, "Snake Farm." Carpenter was impressed. He got the record, then made Starr a copy.
"He didn't even buy him a copy," the singer/songwriter groaned. "He burned him one."
But he took the copy to Starr and told him, "There's this guy in Texas I think you'll like."
It turns out the former Beatle's musical tastes include gritty folk and blues artists who write fun songs about life among the depressed and depraved. Starr even acknowledged Hubbard in a podcast along with Bob Dylan and Jerry Lee Lewis.
On Hubbard's next visit to L.A., Carpenter came out and said, "Ringo wants to meet you." So Hubbard and his drummer went to Starr's mansion and hung out.
"Sure, he's a Beatle," Hubbard said. "But he's a great musician."