Festival Frenzy

Ray Wylie Hubbard brings Texas favorites together for Grit 'n Groove Festival

Ray Wylie Hubbard brings Texas favorites together

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Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard is responsible for some of the Lone Star State’s most revered, humor-tinged country anthems. He’s the mind behind “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” (covered and made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s), and 2006’s ultra simple hit with a surprisingly smooth groove, "Snake Farm.”

Hubbard, by all accounts, also knows how to throw a raucous Texas party. Music fans can witness this side of the famed picker on Saturday, April 6 at his 4th annual Grit ‘n Groove Festival.

 “This lineup is as strong as any out there,” Hubbard says. “All these guys write like their lives depend on it.” 

Taking place at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas, Hubbard’s Grit ‘n Groove features a Texas-focused lineup that bridges the gap between polished Americana sounds and the more whiskey-forward Texas Country scene, with a headlining appearance by Ray Wylie himself.

On Saturday afternoon, folks will gather at the outdoor music venue, whose stage borders the Guadalupe River, for a laid-back day of music from Hubbard-approved performers, in a Hubbard-approved setting. "Besides the fact that I get home early, the Whitewater Amphitheater is one of the best festival sites I've ever seen," he tells CultureMap.

That location affords Grit 'n Groove a family-friendly festival environment, where food and drink, craft vendors and yard games will be supplement the one-day event.

Of course, the real focus is celebrating the many sides of Texas music. “This lineup is as strong as any out there,” Hubbard says. “All these guys write like their lives depend on it.”

The 2013 Grit ‘n Groove lineup includes:

  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Hayes Carll
  • Ben Kweller
  • Dirty River Boys
  • The Wheeler Brothers
  • Uncle Lucius
  • The Trishas
  • Dustin Welch
  • Sons of Fathers

Grit 'n Groove general admission tickets are $27.70 per person. The music starts at 3 p.m. and continues until midnight.