By Ray Benson,David Menconi
A six-foot-seven-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia starts off a Western swing band in 1970, while state fanatics hate hippies and Western swing. It seems like a shaggy dog story but—more than 40 years, twenty-five albums, and 9 Grammy Awards later—Asleep on the Wheel remains to be drawing crowds world wide. The roster of musicians who’ve shared a degree with the Wheel is a who’s who of yank renowned music—Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and such a lot of extra. And the bandleader who’s introduced all of them jointly is the hippie that claimed Bob Wills’s boots: Ray Benson.
In this highly pleasing memoir, Benson appears again over his existence and wild journey with Asleep on the Wheel from the band’s starting in Paw Paw, West Virginia, via its a long time as a Texas establishment. He vividly recollects spending many years in a traveling band, with the entire inevitable ups and downs and alterations in team of workers, and describes the making of vintage albums similar to Willie and the Wheel and Tribute to the tune of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. the final word song insider, Benson explains larger than someone else how the Wheel obtained rock hipsters and die-hard state enthusiasts to like groovy new-old Western swing. a long time later, they nonetheless do.
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Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel (Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music) by Ray Benson,David Menconi