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May 13, 2015 : Athens Food Truck Part of Covered Bridge Music Series Event at OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
 
Lancaster – Ohio University Athens Campus graduates will get the chance to relive a little bit of their college days while attending the Covered Bridge Music Series at Ohio University Lancaster on May 23.  The iconic Burrito Buggy food truck from Athens will be on the Lancaster Campus selling food before and during the event.  Singer/Songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is performing behind Herrold Hall near the covered bridge on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus lawn with opening act John Evans.
 
“We are so excited to have the Burrito Buggy traveling to the Lancaster Campus,” said OUL Development Director Mandi Custer. “It’s going to be a great night.”
 
A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother." Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-'50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey and was befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
 
In 1973, Hubbard rekindled his friendship with Walker who recorded Hubbard's most famous composition, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother," on his acclaimed Viva Terlingua LP. The success of the album guaranteed Hubbard instant cult status within progressive country circles.
 In 1978, he signed to Willie Nelson's short-lived Lone Star imprint to record “Off the Wall,” which contained his own version of "Redneck Mother."
 
Today Hubbard is considered an elder statesman of the Texas music scene. From New Braunfels, Texas, Hubbard hosts a Tuesday night radio show called "Roots & Branches".  His highly anticipated next album, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune,” came out on April 7. 
Opening the show will be Houston, Texas native John Evans.  Evans is a staple on the Texas music scene, and rarely ventures outside of the state.  Currently residing in Austin, Evans blends influences of rock and roll, punk rock, blues and country into a unique and enjoyable roots musical style.  He has earned many accolades including being named Houston’s male vocalist of the year six times, songwriter of the year four times and two times best musician.  Evans has written and collaborated with other artists such as Hayes Carll, Roger Creager and Corb Lund.  Evans co-wrote Carll’s title cut from his 2011 album KMAG-YOYO and appeared with Carll’s band during a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
 
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/events/coveredbridgemusicseries.cfm  Doors will open at 7 p.m.  Evans will begin at 8 p.m.  Hubbard will start at 9 p.m.  Beverages will also be for sale at the event.  Profits from the beverage sales go to support the Covered Bridge Music Series.
 
The Covered Bridge Music Series is a joint venture between Ohio University Lancaster Campus and The Lancaster Festival.  The purpose of the partnership is to showcase fresh and relevant musical talent providing discovery and enjoyment for the campus and Fairfield County communities and the region.
 
The partnership started in 2012. Four concerts have been performed on campus so far and all have careers that are on the rise as they make waves in the music business. In November 2012, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit kicked off the series by playing in the Wagner Theatre with opening act, Amanda Shires. Isbell and Shires appeared at OUL just before their respective new releases were hailed by music critics everywhere. 
 
Isbell’s Southeastern album was ranked #1 best album by NPR rock critic Ken Tucker.  Shires’ Down Fell the Doves received many mentions on top lists as well, including her song Devastate being named to American Songwriters top 50 songs of the year.  In May 2013, Singer/Songwriter Joe Pug performed at OUL. Pug is getting ready to release his third studio album. In September, 2013, the series held its first outdoor concert, and The David Mayfield Parade marched into Lancaster to perform on the Herrold Hall Patio. In April, 2014, Elizabeth Cook took to the Wagner Theatre stage. Cook is a relentless performer, who tours worldwide, and has done more than 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Cook currently hosts, Apron Strings, weekday mornings on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel.
 
The Covered Bridge Music Series concerts generally take place twice a year (spring and fall) on the Lancaster Campus of Ohio University.