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Playback: Come & Take It
On Austin as a metal town, and a leaked shortlist for the next Austin Music Office boss
"...Peter Schwarz: Former business manager for Ray Benson's Bismeaux Records, currently a business process consultant for..."

July 7, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Margaret Moser Tribute: Ray Benson
Soap Creek Saloon on a 10-cent tequila night

June 30, 2017 Music Feature by Ed Ward

“Thank You, Margaret Moser”
I’m glad you are a monkey woman, too
"...into a 33-minute love-in featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, former Go-Go’s rocker..."

June 28, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

If I Could Only Fly: Merle Haggard Covers Blaze Foley
Country legend was recording an LP of Foley songs when he died
"...had been doing a recording project at Bismeaux with Ray Benson [in 1998], and I left a copy at..."

May 4, 2017 Music Post by Doug Freeman

Gay Place
The Contemporary Austin kicks off a QTPOC film series for the month of May
"...a big ol' barbecue buffet. Sun., May 7, 11am-3pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces. $25 in advance, $30..."

May 5, 2017 Column by Sarah Marloff

Playback – SXSW Recap: Love, Hate, Garth & Trump
Final love / hate SXSW listicles
"...all-time bestseller then performed an acoustic version of "Unanswered Prayers," as if familiarity with a 1991 pop-country No. 1..."

March 24, 2017 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

SXSW Music 2017: Thursday
"...Nikki Lane, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ray Benson, Jonathan Tyler..."

March 17, 2017 Photo Gallery

SXSW Music: Luck Reunion
Anything can happen in Willie World!
"...booming vocals and country grooves highlighted the tent, until Ray Benson and Ray Wylie Hubbard added star power...."

March 17, 2017 SXSW Post by Doug Freeman

SXSW Music Live: Avett Brothers
Make way for the headliners
"...Most impressive was the clear tightness of the group..."

March 16, 2017 SXSW Post by Doug Freeman

SXSW Music Live: Willie Nelson and Avett Brothers Fête Ray Benson
GSD&M b-day bash for Asleep at the Wheel leader runs three hours
"...After the peak moment of Ray Benson’s 66th birthday party at GSD&M on Tuesday night,..."

March 15, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

SXSW Music 2017: Tuesday
"...Ray Benson..."

March 15, 2017 Photo Gallery

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

March 2, 2017 Photo Gallery

Austin Music Awards Show Performers 1983-2016
Every AMA performance lineup of the past 34 years
"...1983: Angela Strehli & Band with special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan, Extreme Heat, Van Wilks Band, Chinanine, Concept..."

March 3, 2017 Features Feature

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

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

Playback: The 2016/17 Austin Music Awards Reveal
"...already put in his March appearance last year at Ray Benson's GSD&M birthday bash. Organizing such a community event..."

Feb. 17, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Dale Watson & Ray Benson
"...There are no bigger showmen in Texas country than Ray Benson and Dale Watson, the ringleader of Western swing's..."

Feb. 3, 2017 Music Review by Doug Freeman

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
"...through a rock & roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman,..."

Jan. 31, 2017 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

The Future Is in Flux for the Texas Film Incentive Program
Texas loses productions to states with bigger and better incentive programs
"...the indignity of losing the story of native son Ray Charles in biopic Ray to Louisiana and its generous..."

Jan. 27, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Willie Nelson’s 69 Minutes
First of three sold-out nights proves the still is still moving
"...of Jesse Dayton and fiddle tamer Richard Bowden, plus Ray Benson, on closer “I’ll Fly Away.” Tonight and tomorrow’s..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Top Books to Make Sense of a World Breaking Down
Jay Trachtenberg's top reads of 2016 explore a planet in crisis in Israel, rust-belt Ukraine, and the Antarctic
"...checking out are Comin' Right at Ya (UT Press), Ray Benson and David Menconi's fast-paced, often hilarious 40-year history..."

Dec. 30, 2016 Arts Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Alvin Crow / Asleep at the Wheel
"...father at family gatherings. For their second Christmas effort, Ray Benson's Western swing juggernaut of the past half-century veers..."

Dec. 23, 2016 Music Review by Jim Caligiuri

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup
Happy holidays to everyone and happy daytrippin’ to all!
"...Texas Dance Hall Tour, March 20-26, 2017, backed by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, offers participants as..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: November Events Roundup
'Tis the season for day-tripping
"...Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel will be the..."

Nov. 3, 2016 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Playback: ACL Fest Part II
ACL Fest isn't a pair of weekend-long sit-ins, it's one two-week-long campaign
"...Big-screens rolled footage of Nathaniel Rateliff, Local Natives, and Ray Benson toasting Nelson before settling on an aerial view..."

Oct. 14, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Homegrown
Austin acts at ACL Fest
"...you know the owner of Austin airport food option "Ray Benson's Chuck Wagon" also has a 46-year-old Western swing..."

Sept. 30, 2016 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Playback: 35 Years of Chronicle Music Covers
We wade through the roughly 300 issues stamped with the mug of a musician
"...by future George W. Bush adviser Mark McKinnon; Stevie Ray Vaughan's two identical covers; Daniel Johnston illustrating his own..."

Sept. 2, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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

Sept. 2, 2016 Column by Sarah Marloff

Gay Place
Let's make this the greatest, gayest, most glittery Pride yet
"...Raffle tix available for purchase. Sun., Aug. 21, 11am-3pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/373-8306. www.austinpride.org...."

Aug. 19, 2016 Column by Sarah Marloff

Playback – AAN Convention: Worth the Ink?
Checking the pulse of print media and music journalism
"...troubadour Dale Watson and Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson at Stubb's. Pairing the two most garish Telecasters..."

July 15, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

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