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Record Reviews
"...a happy holiday after all. 3.5 Stars -- Christopher Gray..."

Dec. 26, 1997 Music Review

Police Blotter
"...tribute at the Paramount the next night). Hosted by Ray Benson and Ann Richards, the dinner and accompanying Silent..."

Oct. 4, 1996 Music Column

The SXSW Expansion Club
"...for comic Kerry Awn to guest-host with emcee-for-life Paul Ray;Generation Ecch! co-authors Jason Cohen and Michael Krugman as guest..."

Feb. 23, 1996 Music Column

Eco-Education 101
The DUD: New Heitz or New Lowz?
"...and one of the baseball team's biggest promoters, musician Ray Benson. Some of the Chronicle's own columnists were the..."

Feb. 9, 1996 News Feature by Alex de Marban

Record Reviews
"...3.5 stars - Chris Gray..."

July 7, 1995 Music Review

Crypta, Cherubs, and More Crucial Concerts for the Week
Must-see shows for the weekend and beyond
"...the roots music mine. This year’s awards specifically honor Ray Benson, Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jiménez, and include performances..."

Feb. 16, 2024 Music Feature by Rachel Rascoe

We Have an Issue: Merry Chronmas! Enjoy Our Little Reindeer Games!
Special games issue to keep you entertained over the holidays
"...anniversary event honoring Augie Meyers, Flaco Jiménez, Charlie Robison, Ray Benson, and more...."

Dec. 22, 2023 Column by Kimberley Jones

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
HAAM Day, Ron Carter, and Pecan Street Festival lead our recommended shows
"...Rosie Flores (5pm). Outside the Willie Nelson statue, see Ray Benson (11am) playing after Marcia Ball (10am) or hit..."

Sept. 15, 2023 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Charlie Robison, Charismatic Texas Country Singer-Songwriter, Has Died at 59
Following 2018 retirement, Robison had returned to the stage this year
"...Following his 2008 divorce from his first wife, Emily Strayer of the Chicks, Robison delivered the earnest Beautiful Day..."

Sept. 11, 2023 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Temple of Angels, a DJ Chicken George benefit, a Soap Creek Saloon reunion, and more recommended shows
"...original bar. The Uranium Savages unleash vintage mayhem and Ray Benson shuts it down with a gathering of friends...."

Aug. 25, 2023 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

As Willie Looks to 90, Austin Stars Shine at Luck Reunion
Band of Heathens, Kelsey Wilson, Spoon made rain-delayed ranch date
"...bass, Billy English with minimal drum set up, and Ray Benson and son Micah Nelson accompanying on guitar. Once..."

March 18, 2023 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Willie’s Picnic Brings the Fireworks, and Beto O’Rourke, to Q2
Old Austin meets new Austin with Fourth of July Concert
" 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
" 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
" 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

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