Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Ray Benson founded the pioneering Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel in West Virginia over 40 years ago. Now an eight-piece band based in Austin, Asleep at the Wheel has accumulated nine Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts—over 1.5 million records sold in all. Fellow Texan and honky-tonker Dale Watson teamed up with Benson this past year to record “Dale and Ray,” a duets album that celebrates two of country music’s biggest mavericks. Performing together, Asleep at the Wheel and Dale Watson pay tribute to the rollicking juke joints that introduced them to audiences—and each other—in the first place.