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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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