Ray Wylie Hubbard is not known for releasing CD after CD (this is only his fifth album), so when a new one comes along, more often than not, it is something special. Such is the case with "Delirium Tr

Ray Wylie Hubbard is not known for releasing CD after CD (this is only his fifth album), so when a new one comes along, more often than not, it is something special. Such is the case with "Delirium Tremolos." It finds Hubbard not only offering some stirring originals but also uncharacteristically covering others. Woody Guthrie's "This Mornin' I Am Born Again," for example, is a funeral dirge in his hands, and Eliza Gilkyson's "The Beauty Way" is a passionate and powerful tribute to the troubadour's life. He lends world-weary authority to Roger Tillison's "Rock and Roll Gypsies" and joins forces with Jack Ingram on Hubbard's own thieves fable "Dallas After Midnight." Hubbard's vocals are perfect for the tortured, tattooed "Torn in Two," and "Drivin' Wheel" is just plain ol' sad and lonesome. He evokes "tombstones and rollin' bones" on the harrowing "Dust of the Chase" and struts his sense of style on a bluesy "Cooler-N-Hell." Hubbard wraps things up with an eight-minute white-trash opus in "Choctaw Bingo" that roils and burbles like an intoxicating gumbo. Cooler 'n hell, indeed.—RW

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