Asleep at the Wheel kept western swing from going out of style and is one of the few swing bands still packing clubs in the New Millennium. They’ve won eight Grammys, notched up a few gold records and lasted 30 years longer than anyone ever expected when they started out. The Wheel is singer/guitarist Ray Benson’s invention, and, like Bob Wills, he’s a great leader capable of bringing new talent into the fold whenever the need arises. There have been more than 80 band members since 1973, but as their many Grammys prove, the quality of the music and performance remains constant.
Ray Benson was raised in Philadelphia, PA in the 1950s, and played in his family band in high school.... Read More