Ray Benson and Asleep On the Wheel had been American method earlier than Americana was cool. Heck, they had been Americana earlier than anyone actually knew what Americana was.
The long-lasting nation band has been round since 1970, and has been showing on the PBS sequence Austin Metropolis Limits virtually as lengthy. So it’s altogether becoming that, as Benson and the remainder of the band have a good time their golden anniversary, they’re being celebrated by the present the place they’ve been welcome because the very first episode. ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep On the Wheel is about to air Oct. 31 — yep, Halloween night time — on PBS stations nationwide.
“I have been informed that I’m relentless, so I assume I’m,” Benson says. “I’m simply doing what I consider I’m meant to do — I’m singing and enjoying and writing higher than I ever have. My position and idea of main a band has by no means modified. It’s gathering one of the best musicians I can discover or persuade to play to one of the best of their potential, and I simply attempt to make one of the best choices potential and kick some ass each night time onstage. I’ve made it this far and don’t really feel like I or the band might be slowing down anytime quickly.”
Right here is our Fb Chat with Ray Benson.
And whilst you’re ready for the Saturday telecast, right here’s a preview ofACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep On the Wheel with Benson and Austin Metropolis Limits host Terry Lickona.
And this is a blast from the previous, when Asleep On the Wheel was inducted into the Austin Metropolis Limits Corridor of Fame in 2015.