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Honky-Tonk Heroes
Photos by John Carrico
"...Ray BensonBob Wills peers slyly over towering Texan Ray Benson's..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Music Feature

Rock & Roll Books
Any Old Way You Choose It
"...there would be no Austin City Limits"), Lightnin' Hopkins, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, B.B. King, and the time an..."

Dec. 31, 1999 Books Feature by Christopher Gray

Life of the Party
"...just draw 1,000 people regularly like Jerry Jeff or Ray Benson. To me, that's the perfect career. And I've..."

Oct. 2, 1998 Music Feature by Andy Langer

Which Way Will Austin Swing? Ninth Inning, 3 and 2
Home By the River
"...known the team might move here. Early stadium booster Ray Benson, the local musician and co-chair of Supporters of..."

Sept. 22, 1995 News Feature

Asleep at the Wheel to Bring Back Distinguished Alumni and a “Super Special Guest” for 50th Anniversary Concert
Tickets on sale now for Oct 15 celebration at the Moody Amphitheater
"...celebration back for one more circle around the sun. Ray Benson and company are now ready to blow out..."

Sept. 14, 2021 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Austin Music Awards Gallery, 1986-2000
"...Paul Ray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Joe Ely, 1990..."

March 2, 2017 Photo Gallery

35 Years of the Austin Music Awards
Living in a dream
"...after Nelson’s outlaw country of the Seventies. Then Stevie Ray Vaughan called just prior to the date to ask..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature by Doug Freeman

ACL Fest Friday Reviews
"...returning to their early formation of tri-shared lead vocals. Ray Benson's comfortable drawl finds appropriate complements in Jason Roberts'..."

Sept. 14, 2007 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Dancing About Architecture
Steamboat returns, SXSW looms closer.
"...guitarists for quite awhile now.) Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson was in the wings during much of Dylan's..."

March 1, 2002 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Who's to Say
Pat Green, the "devil's spawn"?
"...Chicago singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, for his part, entered the fray a short while ago by posting a screed against..."

Oct. 19, 2001 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Faster Than Sound – Austin Radio: “We Never Stopped or Went Off the Air”
Austin radio stations stay on-air and spirited during COVID-19
"...there for a little while." R.I.P. Joe Priesnitz & Ray Hennig..."

May 8, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductees 1983-2016
Never before published list of all Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame inductees
"...Ray Benson (95)..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
"...the Lickettes with Dan Hicks, and O'Connell vocalized with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. (Top of the..."

March 17, 2000 Music Feature

Won't Get Schooled Again
Austin's Music Class of '98
"...multi-platinum debuts from Matchbox 20, Duncan Sheik, and Sugar Ray. "Their success is singularly what held me back and..."

Jan. 23, 1998 Music Feature by Andy Langer

SXSW Music News: Tuesday/Wednesday
First night climaxes and 5 Next Big Things
"...• Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson welcomed surprise guest George Strait to his 65th..."

March 16, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Church on Monday guitarist Jake Langley transcends jazz
"...jazz icon who spent more than a decade" as Ray Charles' musical director, but five decades in service of..."

March 28, 2014 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Heart & Soul, Part 2
Second half of lengthy Q&A with Huey Lewis
"...Huey Lewis: Well, yeah. Ray Benson is my pal. In the early days when..."

July 19, 2012 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Thursday Picks
"...Austin on the advice of Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson. Recently signed to Funzalo Records, the quartet is..."

March 14, 2008 Music Feature

SXSW looms on the horizon, and "TCB" is already neck-deep in it.
"...Hall, 7:55pm sharp, and hosted by evergreen MC Paul Ray. Look for music by fast-rising College Station roots thrush..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Music Column by Christopher Gray

Dancing About Architecture
SX3 (South By Cubed)
"...think they won't be star-studded, you must think that Ray Benson doesn't have any famous friends. As far as..."

Jan. 16, 1998 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Back in Austin, the Ameripolitan Awards Define a Musical Spirit
Show's 10th anniversary return uplifts largely outsider roots sounds
" a stellar Jason Roberts-led house band that, as Ray Benson quipped, featured almost entirely (and inevitably) Asleep at..."

Feb. 19, 2024 Music Post by Doug Freeman

All-Woman Western Swing Trio Tells Texas Republicans It’s OK to Vote for Beto
O sister, where art thou?
"...gun ownership, and renewable energy. Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson produced one of their songs, "West Texas Wind,"..."

Oct. 21, 2022 News Feature by Jen Hamilton Hernandez

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...Ray Benson had big plans to celebrate his band's 50th..."

June 4, 2021 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Asleep at the Wheel
"...Natural headline-grabber on Ray Benson and company's first full-length of Western Swing originals..."

Oct. 5, 2018 Music Feature by Tim Stegall

Gay Place
Post-Pride Week parties aplenty
" can't after this weekend. Sat., Sept. 3, 11am-4pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/373-8306. $22."

Sept. 2, 2016 Column by Sarah Marloff

Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Flashback
PBS concert staple inducts its second class of legends
"...that will appear in the upcoming season. Today, just Ray Benson remains from the original big band, fronting an..."

June 19, 2015 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Ray Benson
"...doesn't mean there's not life beyond Western swing for Ray Benson. A Little Piece finds the towering bandleader all..."

Jan. 31, 2014 Music Review by Jim Caligiuri

Reckless Kelly’s Home Run
Braun brothers’ charity baseball game hits a tie-breaker
"...Cody Canada & the Departed, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Roger Creager, the Trishas, this year’s Austin Music..."

April 12, 2013 Music Post by William Harries Graham

Steve Miller brings the magic at Texas Medal of Arts
"...Wheel frontman and 2011 Texas Medal of Arts winner Ray Benson – to create what sounded like the kind..."

March 6, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

On the Couch
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt talk shop
"...with vocals and guitar solos throughout. Lovett brought on Ray Benson, who sang his own “Hot Like That,” a..."

June 30, 2011 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

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