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Willie, Benson team up for video

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson called on friend Willie Nelson to participate in a video for a song from his solo release.

"It Ain't You" comes from Benson's latest release, "A Little Piece," out on Bismeaux Records. Nelson has been a close friend of Benson's since he suggested that Benson move from Philadelphia to Austin in 1973. The song sees an older and wiser Benson reflecting back on his life and the aging process. It is appropriate that Ray and Willie are dueling on "It Ain't You" because it is an old Waylon Jennings co-write and recognizes the influence the three have had on the Texas music scene.

"When Sam, co-producer of my solo CD, played me this song written by Waylon Jennings and Gary Nicholson, I was amazed that no one had ever recorded it! It's definitely an undiscovered gem and strikes an emotional response with many people. After listening, I called up my pal Willie Nelson and asked if he would sing the song with me. He agreed and we went out to Luck, Texas and recorded his vocal."

"Willie is 81 years young, and I'm close to turning 64. The song is about growing old and yet feeling and acting young...it felt so appropriate for us to do. The video has captured the feeling of the song with its slow motion effects, an inside look at the backstage concert preparation and a peak of our long history together as friends. Hope you all enjoy it."

CD reviews for Ray Benson

A Little Piece CD review - A Little Piece
Every so often - though not nearly often enough - Ray Benson likes to step out of his role as founder and lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel and show what he can he can do other than play Texas swing music better than anybody since Bob Wills. Like his previous solo album 2003's Grammy-nominated "Beyond Time," the music here is stylistically diverse, everything from jazz and folk to rock. Thematically, well, let's just say there aren't a lot of happy little ditties here. »»»
Beyond Time
Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson may be trying to prove he can do near anything he wants with his first solo venture apart from his 33-year tenure with AATW. For anyone anticipating Benson's work alone to mirror his Western swing proclivity with the Wheel, be aware that he thankfully has more ambition than that. Although he doesn't stray too far from the swing roots of a Texas traditionalist, Benson dabbles in a number of related areas here, from the blues swing of "Mary Anne" and "Clearing Up to »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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