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."