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Willie’s Picnic Brings the Fireworks, and Beto O’Rourke, to Q2
Old Austin meets new Austin with Fourth of July Concert
"...family band was more stripped down than usual, with Ray Benson joining Kevin Smith, Billy English, and Mickey Raphael,..."

July 5, 2022 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Do You Really Know Your Parents if You Don’t Go Through Their Record Collection?
Who we are is what we listen to
"...whose discography generously populates the familial crates. I know Ray Benson personally now and it’s only now occurring to..."

June 19, 2022 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

In Service of Music Medicine, Jason Isbell Played at the Austin Library Last Night
Songwriter delivers phenomenal solo set for JoyRx fundraiser
"...Daly of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel leader Ray Benson, went for $5,000. All 50 two-ticket packages to..."

April 28, 2022 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Heavy With Tradition, Old Settler's Music Festival Springs Eternal
We talk to Sierra Hull and spotlight favorites for next week’s campout
"...Hear Leigh's comforting tone and crisp stories align with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, heroes-turned-peers since her..."

April 15, 2022 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Black Pumas Backline Lauren Cervantes and Angela Miller Maintain 20 Feet From Stardom – On Purpose
Respect and admiration remains the key to their success as co-frontwomen and backup singers
"...especially Miller, performed session work with other artists, including Ray Benson, Gordie Johnson, and Charlie Sexton. For Cervantes, however,..."

May 28, 2021 Music Feature by Kahron Spearman

In a Global Crisis, Luck Presents Writes a New Concert Promotions Standard
With a little luck, Ellee Fletcher Durniak and Matt Bizer thrive at improvising impossible situations
"...Twitch, Facebook, and Instagram, the four-hour event hosted by Ray Benson starred Neil Young, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Margo..."

April 16, 2021 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Public Notice: The Season That Keeps On Giving
A potpourri of further giving opportunities, and more
"...Lunch," Tuesday at noon, with appearances by Kirk Watson, Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Alejandro Escovedo, Sarah Bird, and U.S...."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...to Shaver's indomitable songbook and influence among the participants: Ray Benson, Dale Watson, Shakey Graves, and Bruce Robison and..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Music Feature by Michael Toland

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...Austin's "Otra Vez"), OG R&B (Candi Sanders' "Crawlin'"), Tex-Mex (Ray Benson's "Eyes of Texas"), and country gospel (Dale Watson..."

Nov. 6, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Public Notice – Free Lunch: Yes or No?
A potpourri of virtual events and programs
"...of appearances by Kirk Watson, Sarah Bird, Marcia Ball, Ray Benson, and Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets are $150, but you..."

Oct. 2, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Now Streaming in Austin: A Night For Austin
Willie Nelson, Black Pumas, Paul Simon for music fundraiser
"...Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Paul Simon, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Ryan Bingham, Shawn..."

June 10, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

We Have an Issue: Stages and Phases
In this week’s issue, a closer look at what the reopening of Texas entails
"...The Q&A Hole: Musicians Sabrina Ellis, Ray Benson, and more ponder their preferred reincarnation in Kevin..."

May 22, 2020 Column by Kimberley Jones

Q&A Hole: You Can Be Reincarnated into Anything
…except a human
"...Spirit and A Giant Dog, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen from Black Pistol..."

May 18, 2020 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Q&A Hole: My Time-Traveling Future Self Wants Me to Do What?
Insane theoretical positions musicians as would-be assassins
"...musicians - Abhi the Nomad, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Nnedi “Nebula” Agbaroji of Trouble in the Streets,..."

May 4, 2020 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: Gary Keller’s Austin Music Movement Shifts Resources
Major music advocacy funding impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
"...On Tuesday, Asleep at the Wheel head Ray Benson posted an upbeat health update after three weeks..."

April 10, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Check Out the New Q&A Hole Trailer
Kevin Curtin chats up Sabrina Ellis, Abhi the Nomad, Ray Benson, & more
"...explodes the minds of Sabrina Ellis, Abhi the Nomad, Ray Benson, Peelander Yellow, Har Mar Superstar, Alesia Lani, Rod..."

Jan. 28, 2020 Music Post

7 Local Acts to See at ACL's First Weekend
"...Western swing herds loads of charm behind towering founder Ray Benson and singer Katie Shore...."

Oct. 4, 2019 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Austin Music Yearbook: Can You Name These Musicians?
"...Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel..."

Aug. 29, 2019 Photo Gallery

"Shoot Like a Grrrl" Takes You on a Club Crawl Through Lost Austin
Photographer Martha Grenon's exhibit at SouthPop covers the Austin music scene in the Eighties and Nineties
"...exchange of unfettered glee between Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson and Texas Playboy Leon Rausch at the 1998..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Faster Than Sound: 12 Years of Peligrosa Drives ¡Eso Es!
Local DJ collective sets a mood at Margin Walker’s new fiesta-val of all Latinx talent
"...López)'s Brazilian sambas and mambos, and former member Patrick Murray's boogaloo samples stood out among more single-minded local Latin..."

Aug. 30, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

At the Crossroads: Joe Nick Patoski’s Austin to ATX
Book, launching Feb. 13, tracks Austin’s evolving character
"...for 18 years to reporting on icons such as Ray Benson and Clifford Antone for the Chronicle (and even..."

Feb. 11, 2019 Arts Post by Lauren Jones

Tito’s Vodka Debuts New Video Series to Shine a Light on Nonprofits
Local organization for musicians HAAM is one of the lucky stars
"...many well-known local acts – Jessica Forsythe, Patricia Vonne, Ray Benson, Eve Monsey, Akina Adderley, and Paul Oscher –..."

Jan. 15, 2019 Food Post by Jessi Cape

ACL Fest Spoilers
As ACL’s second weekend dawns, here are the most unforgettable moments from week one
"...Senate" tee was in view. Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson even exchanged his cowboy hat for a Beto..."

Oct. 12, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Friday ACL Fest 2018 Picks
Handicapping ACL's first Friday plus a handful of locals
"...Asleep at the Wheel (Noon, Honda stage) Ray Benson's idiosyncratic Western swing stampede serves as ACL's eternal..."

Oct. 5, 2018 Music Feature

Kicked Outta Country, But Still the King
George Strait celebrates Erwin Center at 40
"...than Jason Aldean’s previous bro-country bow in the slot. Ray Benson’s homegrown octet prepped the headliner with classic western..."

June 4, 2018 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Gay Place
Out of Time: Austin's queer transmedia fest returns for year four
"...by CupCake & Sabel Scities. Sun., Feb. 11, 11am-4pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces. $5-20...."

Feb. 9, 2018 Column by Sarah Marloff

All ATX
"...astride 10CC's "I'm Not in Love." Bold move, too, Ray Benson Westernizing Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," and even..."

Dec. 1, 2017 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

ACL 2017: Friday, Second Weekend
"...Dale Watson and Ray Benson..."

Oct. 14, 2017 Photo Gallery

Friday Locals
"...only Forty-seven-year-running Western swing posse led by charismatic giant Ray Benson...."

Oct. 6, 2017 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Gay Place
Expect a good time, safe space, and lots of fine-looking peeps at the Gender Unbound Art Festival
"...CupCake, and Lady Grackle entertain. Sat., Sept. 2, 11am-4pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces. $20...."

Sept. 1, 2017 Column by Sarah Marloff

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