• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.

Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2014, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Ray Benson, which he submitted to this site on Monday 5 May 2014.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Ray Benson who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Ray Benson
This quote was submitted on Monday 5 May 2014.

'Gene Watson is one of the greatest singers in Texas and in all of country music.

He ranks up there with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) and Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013), three of my favourites.



His recordings of 'Farewell Party' and 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' are classics, as well as most all of his records!

He's a fine mechanic too!'

Thank you, Ray Benson, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Ray Benson...

Ray Benson was born in Philadelphia on Friday 16 March 1951 and is the front man of the Western Swing band, Asleep At The Wheel, America’s foremost exponents of Western Swing and the music of Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975); Asleep At The Wheel is easily one of the America’s longest running bands.

In 1970, Ray Benson formed Asleep At The Wheel with friends Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston and landed their first recording contract following comments made by Van Morrison in 'Rolling Stone'. Asleep at The Wheel relocated to Austin, Texas in 1973 following a suggestion from Willie Nelson to do so and began to add more swing songs into their shows and their albums.

Since then, Asleep at The Wheel saw the release of more than twenty albums and earned nine Grammy Awards. The line-up of Asleep at The Wheel has changed greatly over the years - about ninety people have been part of Asleep at The Wheel at some point - Ray Benson has always remained at the helm as the band's driving force.

In addition to his work with Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Benson is also an accomplished producer whose credits include albums by Dale Watson, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Watson, James Hand and Carolyn Wonderland.

Ray Benson has also produced single tracks for Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Vince Gill.

Ray Benson is also a founding member of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, an organisation which raises money to help aging Rhythm & Blues artists; Ray is also a member of the board of directors of the SIMS Foundation, which provides low-cost mental health services to Austin musicians and their families.

Ray Benson is also a trustee for the Texas Chapter of NARAS, a board member of St. David's Community Health Foundation and a board member and founding member of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

In 1972, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of their first album for United Artist Records, 'Comin' Right At Ya' (United Artists Records, 1973); the album, which was recorded in January 1973 at Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville, was produced by Tommy Allsup and included the following tracks:

'Take Me Back To Tulsa', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967)
'Daddy's Advice' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Before You Stopped Loving Me' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Drivin' Nails In My Coffin' (written by Jerry Irby)
'I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) and Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Space Buggy' (written by Leroy Preston, James Haber and Reuben Gosfield)
'Cherokee Boogie', which was written by Moon Mullican (Monday 29 March 1909 - Sunday 1 January 1967) and William Redbird
'Hillbilly Nut' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Your Downhome Is Uptown' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Kevin Farrell)
'I'm The Fool (Who Told You To Go)' (written by Leroy Preston)
'I've Been Everywhere' (written by Geoff Mack)
'Sun Shines Down On Me', which was written by Larry Lee (1939 - Saturday 26 May 2001)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Comin' Right At Ya' (United Artists Records, 1973) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar)
Leroy Preston (vocal, guitar, drums)
Chris O'Connell (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Lucky Oceans (steel guitar)
Gene Dobkin and Tony Garnier (bass)
Scott Hennige (drums)
Floyd Domino (piano)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle, mandolin)
Buddy Spicher, Daniel Levin and Andy Stein (fiddle)
Ed Vizard (saxophone)

In 1974, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Asleep At The Wheel' (Epic Records, 1974), which was produced by Norro Wilson and recorded in Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville; the album included one track which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Choo Choo Ch' Boogie' (written by Vaughn Horton, Milt Gabler and Denver Darling) (No.69, 1974)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Asleep At The Wheel' (Epic Records, 1974) also included the following tracks:

'You And Me Instead' (written by Kevin Farrell)
'Jumping At The Woodside' (written by Count Basie)
'Last Letter' (written by Rex Griffin)
'Don't Ask Me Why (I'm Going To Texas)' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Kevin Farrell)
'Kind Of Love I Can't Forget' (written by Jesse Ashlock)
'I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday' (written by Roy Hayes and Dave Bartholomew)
'Our Names Aren't Mentioned (Together Anymore)' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Miss Molly', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006)
'Blood Shot Eyes' (written by Hank Penny and Rick Hall)
'Dead Man' (written by Leroy Preston)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Asleep At The Wheel' (Epic Records, 1974) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar)
Leroy Preston (vocal, guitar, drums)
Chris O'Connell (vocal, guitar)
Lucky Oceans (steel guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher, Richard Casanova and Lisa Silver (fiddle)
Floyd Domino (piano)
Mickey Raphael (harmonica)
Bil Joor (trumpet)
Andy Stein (saxophone)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Asleep At The Wheel' (Epic Records, 1974) reached No.16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.

In July 1975, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Texas Gold' (Capitol Records, 1975), which was produced by Tommy Allsup and reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart; the album included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Letter That Johnny Walker Read' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Chris Frayne) (No.10, 1975)
'Nothing Takes The Place Of You' (written by Toussaint McCall and Patrick Robinson) (No.35, 1975)
'Bump Bounce Boogie' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and James Haber) (No.31, 1975)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Texas Gold' (Capitol Records, 1975) also included the following tracks:

'Fat Boy Rag', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and L.R. Bernard
'Runnin' After Fools' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Let Me Go Home Whiskey' (written by Shifty Henry)
'Roll 'em Floyd' (written by Johnson Turner)
'Tonight The Bartender Is On The Wrong Side Of The Bar' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Where No One Stands Alone' (written by Mosie Lister)
'Trouble In Mind' (written by Richard M. Jones)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Texas Gold' (Capitol Records, 1975), reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.

In July 1976, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Wheelin' & Dealin' (Capitol Records, 1976), which was produced by Tommy Allsup and reached No.19 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart; the album included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Route 66' (written by Bobby Troup) (No.48, 1976)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Diane Johnson and Tommy Campfield) (No.38, 1976)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Wheelin' & Dealin' (Capitol Records, 1976) also included the following tracks:

'Trouble With Loving Today' (written by Kevin Farrell)
'Shout Wa Hey' (written by Leroy Preston and James Haber)
'Blues For Dixie', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and O.W. Mayo
'Cajun Stripper', which was written by Doug Kershaw and Rusty Kershaw
'If I Can't Love You' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Lost Mind' (written by Percy Mayfield)
'They Raided The Joint' (written by David Eldridge and Oran Page)
'We've Gone As Far As We Can Do' (written by Linda Hargrove)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Wheelin' & Dealin' (Capitol Records, 1976) included the following:

Ray Benson, Leroy Preston and Chris O'Connell (vocal, guitar)
Eldon Shamblin, Bucky Meadows and Linda Hargrove (guitar)
Lucky Oceans (steel guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
Scott Hennige (drums)
Johnny Gimble and Bill Mabry (fiddle)
Tiny Moore (mandolin)
Floyd Domino (piano)
Jo-el Sonnier (accordion)
Danny Levin (flute, mandolin)
Link David (flute, saxophone)Arnett Cobb and Dennis Solee (saxophone)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Wheelin' And Dealin' (Capitol Records, 1976), reached No.19 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.

In February 1977, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'The Wheel' (Capitol Records, 1977), which was produced by Tommy Allsup and was recorded at Sumet Bernet Studio in Dallas; the album included the following tracks:

'Wheel' (written by Leroy Preston) (instrumental)
'I Wonder' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Am I High' (written by Ray Benson, Chris O'Connell and Peter Sherridan)
'Dollar Short And A Day Late' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Kevin Farrell)
'My Baby Thinks She's A Train' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Ragtime Annie' (traditional) (instrumental)
'When Love Goes Wrong' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Somebody Stole His Body' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Let's Face Up' (written by Leroy Preston and Kevin Farrell)
'I Can't Handle It Now' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Red Stick' (written by Link Davis)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'The Wheel' (Capitol Records, 1977) included the following:

Ray Benson, Leroy Preston and Chris O'Connell (vocal/guitar)
Lucky Oceans (steel guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
Chris York (drums)
Danny Levin (fiddle, mandolin)
Bill Mabry (fiddle)
Floyd Domino (piano)
Link Davis (saxophone, accordion, vocals)
Pat Ryan (saxophone, clarinet)
Leon Rausch (vocals)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'The Wheel' (Capitol Records, 1977) reached No.31 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel: 'Collision Course' (Capitol Records, 1978)

In July 1978, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Collision Course' (Capitol Records, 1978), which was produced by Tommy Allsup and reached No.47 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart; the album included one track which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Texas Me And You' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Chris Frayne) (No.75, 1978)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Collision Course' (Capitol Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'Pipe Dreams' (written by J.R. Chatwell) / 'Song of The Wanderer' (written by Neil Moret)
'Pine Grove Blues' (written by Nathan Abshire)
'One O'Clock Jump' (written by Count Basie)
'Louisiana 1927' (written by Randy Newman)
'Ruler Of My Heart' (written by Naomi Neville)
'Don't Forget The Trains' (written by Kevin Farrell)
'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' (written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)
'Ghost Dancer' (written by Leroy Preston)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Collision Course' (Capitol Records, 1978) reached No.47 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978.

In April 1979, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Served Live' (Capitol Records, 1979), which was produced by Ray Benson and Chuck Flood, and which included the following tracks:

'Choo Choo Ch' Boogie' (written by Vaughn Horton, Milt Gabler and Denver Darling)
'Last Meal' (written by Denny Hall)
'God Bless The Child' (written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog)
'Jumping At The Woodside' (written by Count Basie)
'Am I High' (written by Ray Benson, Chris O'Connell and Peter Sherridan)
'Route 66' (written by Bobby Troup)
'Baby You've Got What It Takes', which was written by Brook Benton (Saturday 19 September 1931 - Saturday 9 April 1988), Clyde Otis (Thursday 11 September 1924 - Tuesday 8 January 2008) and Murray Stein
'Too Many Bad Habits' (written by John Nicholas)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Diane Johnson and Tommy Campfield)
'Will The Circle Be Unbroken', which was written by A.P. Carter (15 December 1891 - Monday 7 November 1960)

In July 1980, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Framed' (MCA Records, 1980), which was produced by Ray Benson, and which included the following tracks:

'Midnight In Memphis' (written by Tony Johnson)
'Lonely Avenue Revisited' (written by Ray Benson)
'Slow Dancing' (written by John Girton)
'Cool As A Breeze' (written by Ray Benson)
'You Wanna Give Me A Lift' (written by Loretta Lynn)
'Don't Get Caught Out In The Rain' (written by Harvey Young, Danny Levin and Chris O'Connell)
'Whatever It Takes' (written by Ray Benson)
'Fiddle Funk Corn Fusion' (written by Ray Benson and Andy Stein)
'Up Up Up' (written by Dan Hicks)
'Musical Talk' (written by Ray Benson)

In April 1985, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Pasture Prime' (Demon Records, 1985), which included the following tracks:

'Across The Alley Of The Alamo' (written by Joe Greene)
'Switchin' In The Kitchen' (written by Ron Moore)
'Write Your Own Songs' (written by Willie Nelson)
'Cotton Eyed Joe', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967)
'Baby' (written by Harvey Young and Danny Levin)
'Shorty' (written by Ray Benson)
'That Chick's Too Young To Fry' (written by T. Edwards and J. Hilliard)
'Big Beaver', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'This Is The Way We Make A Broken Heart' (written by John Hiatt)
'Deep Water', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Natural Thing To Do' (written by Alvin Cohn)
'Liars Moon' (written by Ray Benson)
'That's Your Red Wagon', which was written by Marshall Jones and Carl Smith (Tuesday 15 March 1927 - Saturday 16 January 2010)

In January 1987, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Ten' (Epic Records, 1987), which was produced by Ray Benson and Huey Lewis and was recorded at Bee Creek Studios in Austin, Texas; the album included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Way Down Texas Way' (written by Billy Joe Shaver) (No.39, 1987)
'House Of Blue Lights' (written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack) (No.17, 1987)
'Boogie Back To Texas' (written by Ray Benson) (No.53, 1987)
'Blowin' Like A Bandit' (written by Guy Clark) (No.59, 1988)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Ten' (Epic Records, 1987) also included the following tracks:

'Tulsa Straight Ahead' (written by Jimmy Hall)
'Coast To Coast' (written by Frederic Knipe)
'I Want A New Drug' (written by Chris Hayes and Hugh Cregg)
'Big Foot Stomp' (written by Fontaine Brown)
'String Of Pars' (written by Ray Benson, Larry Franklin and John Ely)
'Blues Stay Away From Me' (written by Alton Delmore, Wayne Raney and Henry Glover)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Ten' (Epic Records, 1987) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar)
Chris O'Connell (vocal)
Pete Anderson (guitar)
John Ely (steel guitar)
David Dawson, Tom Anastasio and Ray Campi (bass)
David Sanger (drums)
Larry Franklin (fiddle, guitar, vocals)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Tim Alexander (piano, accordion, vocals)

In 1988, Ray Benson recognised as an 'Outstanding Producer' by the National Academy of Recording Arts.

In August 1988, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Western Standard Time' (Epic Records, 1988), which was recorded at Arlyn Studios and Bee Creek Studios in Austin, Texas and was produced by Norro Wilson; the album included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Walk On By' (written by Kendall Hayes) (No.55, 1988)
'Hot Rod Lincoln' (written by Charlie Ryan and W.S. Stevenson) (No.65, 1988)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Western Standard Time' (Epic Records, 1988) also included the following tracks:

'Chattanooga Choo Choo' (written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren)
'Don't Let Go' (written by Jesse Stone)
'That's What I Like About The South' (written by Andy Razaf)
'That Lucky Old Sun' (written by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie)
'San Antonio Rose', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Roly Poly', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Sugarfoot Rag' (written by Vaughn Horton and Hank Garland)
'Walking The Floor Over You', which was written by Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984)

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Western Standard Time' (Epic Records, 1988) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar, 6-string bass)
Chris O'Connell (vocal)
Larry Franklin (fiddle, guitar, vocals)
Tim Alexander (piano, vocals)
John Ely (steel guitar)
David Sanger (drums)
John Mitchell and Tony Garnier (bass)
Michael Francis (saxophone)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle, electric mandolin, vocals)
Larry Seyer (bass, guitar, vocals)
Willie Nelson (vocals)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Western Standard Time' (Epic Records, 1988) reached No.34 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1988.

In July 1989, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Keepin' Me Up Nights' (Arista Records, 1989), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Keepin' Me Up Nights' (written by James Dean Hicks and Byron Hill) (No.54, 1990)
'That's The Way Love Is' (written by Leroy Preston) (No.60, 1990)
'Dance With Who Brung You' (written by Ray Benson) (No.71, 1991)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Keepin' Me Up Nights' (Arista Records, 1989) also included the following tracks:

'Boot Scootin' Boogie' (written by Ronnie Dunn)
'Quittin' Time' (written by Ray Benson and Tim Dubois)
'Eyes' (written by Bobby Braddock)
'Goin' Home' (written by Tracy Seals and John Schneider)
'Gone But Not Forgotten' (written by J Fred Knobloch and Scott Miller)
'You Don't Have To Go To Memphis', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar)' (written by Don Raye, Hughie Prince and Eleanor Sheehy)
'Texas Fiddle Man' (written by Ray Benson and Larry Franklin)
'Padernales Stroll' (written by Ray Benson, Larry Franklin and John Ely)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Keepin' Me Up Nights' (Arista Records, 1989) reached No.73 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.

In March 1992, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Live And Kickin' (Arista Records, 1992), which was recorded, in August 1991, at Austin Aqua Festival, Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas and included the following tracks:

'Route 66' (written by Bobby Troup)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Diane Johnson and Tommy Campfield)
'Take Me Back To Tulsa', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967)
'Black And White Rag' (written by Ray Benson)
'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' (written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)
'Dance With Who Brung You' (written by Ray Benson)
'Choo Choo Ch' Boogie' (written by Vaughn Horton, Milt Gabler and Denver Darling)
'House Of Blue Lights' (written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack)
'Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar)' (written by Don Raye, Hughie Prince and Eleanor Sheehy)

Personnel who were involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Live And Kickin' (Arista Records, 1992) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar, bass)
John Ely (steel guitar)
David Sanger (drums)
Tim Alexander (piano, accordian, vocals)
Ricky Turpin (fiddle)
Floyd Domino (piano)
Larry Franklin (fiddle, vocals)
Michael Francis (saxophone)

On Monday 25 October 1993, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'A Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills' (Liberty Records, 1993), which was produced by Allen Reynolds and recorded at Bismeaux Studio in Austin, Texas; the album included one track which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Corrine Corrina' (written by J.M. Williams, Bo Chapman and Mitchell Parish) (No.73, 1994) / this track featured guest vocals from Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn)

Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills' (Liberty Records, 1993) also included the following tracks:

'Red Wing' (written by Ray Benson and Johnny Gimble)
'Big Balls In Cowtown' (written by Hoyle Nix) / this track featured guest vocals from George Strait
'Yearning (Just For You)' (written by Benny Davis and Joe Burke) / this track featured guest vocals from Vince Gill
'Bring It On Down To My House Honey', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Deep Water', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954) / this track featured guest vocals from Garth Brooks
'Blues For Dixie', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and O.W. Mayo / this track featured guest vocals from Lyle Lovett
'Lilly Dale', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Dolly Parton
'Across The Alley Of The Alamo' (written by Joe Greene) / this track featured guest vocals from Johnny Rodriguez
'Old Fashioned Love' (written by Cecil Mack and James Johnson) / this track featured guest vocals from Suzy Bogguss
'Ida Red Likes The Boogie', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson and Jody Nix
'Misery', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Tiny Moore / this track featured guest vocals from Marty Stuart
'I Wonder If You Feel The Way I Do', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Hubbin' It', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Huey Lewis
'Still Water Runs The Deepest' (written by Jesse Ashlock) / this track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson
'All Night Long', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Johnny Gimble / this track featured guest vocals from Leon Rausch
'Got A Letter From My Kid Today' (written by Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer and Hy Zaret)
'Dusty Skies', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) / this track featured guest vocals from Riders In The Sky

Personnel involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills' (Liberty Records, 1993) included the following:

Ray Benson (guitar, vocals)
Larry Seyers, Bucky Meadows and Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) (guitar)
John Ely, Cindy Cashdollar, Tommy Morell, Herb Remington and Lucky Oceans (steel guitar)
David Miller (bass, vocals)
Dave Sanger and Tommy Beavers (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle, electric mandolin)
Ricky Turpin and Larry Franklin (fiddle)
Floyd Domino and Tim Alexander (piano)
Michael Francis (saxophone)
Dawn Sears (vocals)

Special Guests
Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Riders In The Sky, Huey Lewis, Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn), Eldon Shamblin, Reuben Gosfield, Jody Nix, Garth Brooks, Chris O'Connell, Suzy Bogguss, Johnny Rodriguez and Leon Rausch

In November 1995, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'The Wheel Keeps On Rollin' (Capitol Records, 1995), which was produced by Andy Byrd and included the following tracks:

'Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch' (written by Pat Buchanan and James Robinson)
'How The West Was Sung' (written by Troy Seals, Margo Guryan and Gene Pistilli)
'Lay Down Sally' (written by Eric Clapton, Marcy Levy and George Terry)
'The Wheel Keeps On Rollin' (written by Ray Benson)
'Hightower' (written by Ray Benson and Tim Alexander)
'If I Could' (written by Tim Carroll)
'Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette', which was written by Merle Travis (Thursday 29 November 1917 - Thursday 20 October 1983) and Tex Williams (Thursday 23 August 1917 - Friday 11 October 1985)
'Rockin' Rodeo' (written by Ray Benson)
'She Came To Dance' (written by Ray Benson)
'In My Dreams' (written by Al Anderson and Fred Koller)

Personnel who were involved in the recording of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'The Wheel Keeps On Rollin' (Capitol Records, 1995) included the following:

Ray Benson (vocal, guitar)
Cindy Cashdollar and Lloyd Maines (steel guitar)
David Miller (bass)
David Sanger (drums)
Tim Alexander (piano)
Michael Francis (saxophone)

In 1996, Ray Benson was given The Texas Music Association 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

On Tuesday 20 May 1997, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Back To The Future Now' (Epic Records, 1997), which was produced by Blake Chancey and included the following tracks:

'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' (written by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Diane Johnson and Tommy Campfield)
'Roly Poly', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Ida Red' (written by Nick Wood, Vivian Holtzman and Scott Holtzman)
'My Baby Thinks She's A Train' (written by Leroy Preston)
'Letter That Johnny Walker Read' (written by Leroy Preston, Ray Benson and Chris Frayne)
'God Bless The Child' (written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog)
'Fat Boy Rag', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and L.R. Bernard)
'Cherokee Boogie' (written by Moon Mullican and William Redbird)
'Hot Rod Lincoln' (written by Charlie Ryan and W.S. Stevenson)
'Boogie Back To Texas' (written by Ray Benson)
'House Of Blue Lights' (written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack)

On Tuesday 30 September 1997, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all' (High Street Records, 1997), which was produced by Ray Benson and included the following tracks:

'Feliz Navidad' (written by José Feliciano) (traditional) / this track featured guest vocals from Tish Hinojosa
'Xmas In Jail' (written by Bebe Blake and Jack Hoffman)
'Swingin' Drummer Boy' (written by Ray Benson)
'Merry Texas Christmas Y'all' (written by Ray Benson)
'Pretty Paper' (written by Willie Nelson) / this track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson
'T'Was The Night Before' (written by Ray Benson) / this track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson
'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!' (written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne)
'Jingle Bell Boogie' (written by Ray Benson)
'A Christmas Wish' (written by Johnny Gimble)
'Silver Bells' (written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston)
'Here Comes Santa Claus', which was written by Gene Autry (Sunday 29 September 1907 - Friday 2 October 1998) and Oakley Haldeman
'Silent Night' (written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr) / this track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson and Don Walser
'Swingin' Silent Nite' (traditional)

On Tuesday 10 August 1999, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Ride With Bob: A Tribute To Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys' (DreamWorks Nashville Records, 1999), which included the following tracks:

'Bob's Breakdown' (written by Jason Roberts) / this track featured guest vocals from Tommy Allsup, Floyd Domino, Larry Franklin, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner
'New San Antonio Rose', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Dwight Yoakam
'I Ain't Got Nobody' (public domain, Dave Peyton and Spencer Williams) / this track featured guest vocals from Don Walser
'Roly Poly', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954) / this track featured guest vocals from Dixie Chicks
'Heart To Heart Talk' (written by Lee Ross) / this track featured guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack
'Cherokee Maiden', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) / this track featured guest vocals from Ray Benson
'Maiden's Prayer' (traditional, Bob Wills) / this track featured guest vocals from Squirrel Nut Zippers
'You're From Texas', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) / this track featured guest vocals from Ray Benson and Tracy Byrd
'Right Or Wrong' (written by Paul Biese, Haven Gillespie and Arthur Sizemore) / this track featured guest vocals from Reba McEntire
'Faded Love', which was written by Johnny Gimble, Billy Jack Wills, Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Johnnie Lee Wills / this track featured guest vocals from Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett
'St. Louis Blues' (written by John Handy and W.C. Handy) / this track featured guest vocals from Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'End Of The Line', which was written by Johnny Gimble and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Jason Roberts
'Take Me Back to Tulsa', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Ray Benson and Clay Walker
'Milk Cow Blues' (written by Kokomo Arnold) / this track featured guest vocals from Ray Benson and Tim McGraw
'Stay All Night', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured guest vocals from Ray Benson and Mark Chesnutt
'Bob Wills is Still The King', which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) / this track featured guest vocals from Clint Black
'Going Away Party', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) / this track featured guest vocals from Willie Nelson and The Manhattan Transfer

Following the release of Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel's 'Ride With Bob: A Tribute To Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys' (DreamWorks Nashville Records, 1999), Ray Benson was presented with The 16th Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Award for the making of the album, an Honorary Junior Member of The United States Secret Service and the Darrel K. Royal Music Patron Award by The Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association.

In 2002, Ray Benson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday 18 February 2003, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Take Me Back To Tulsa' (Evangeline UK Records, 2003), which included the following tracks:

'The Letter That Johnny Walker Read' (written by Ray Benson, Chris Frayne and Leroy Preston) / this track featured guest vocals from Mandy Barnett
'Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens' (written by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney)
'Route 66' (written by Bobby Troup)
'Take Me Back To Tulsa', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'My Baby Thinks She's A Train' (written by Leroy Preston)
'House Of Blue Lights' (written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Tommy Camfield and Diane Johnston)
'Sugarfoot Rag' (written by Mark Garland and George Vaughn) / this track featured guest vocals from Brad Paisley
'Choo Choo Ch'Boogie' (written by Denver Darling, Milt Gabler and Vaughn Horton)
'Dance With Who Brung You' (written by Ray Benson)
'Big Balls In Cowtown' (written by Hoyle Nix)
'Last Meal' (written by Denny Hall) (traditional)
'Boogie Back To Texas' (written by Ray Benson)
'Texas Me And You' (written by Ray Benson) / this track featured guest vocals from Eliza Gilkyson

On Tuesday 4 November 2003, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Asleep At The Wheel: Remembers The Alamo' (Shout! Factory Records, 2003), which included the following tracks:

'Remember The Alamo / Letter From Col. Travis' (written by Jane Bowers)
'Green Leaves Of Summer' (written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster / this track featured Tosca String Quartet
'Billy In The Low Ground' (traditional, Doc Watson)
'Ballad Of The Alamo' (written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster) / this track featured Tosca String Quartet
'Deguello' (traditional)
'Ballad Of Davy Crockett' (written by Tom Blackburn and George Bruns)
'Yellow Rose Of Texas' (traditional)
'New San Antonio Rose', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Eighth Of January' (traditional)
'Across The Alley From The Alamo' (written by J. Michael Greene and Joe Greene)
'Stout And High' (written by Monte Warden)
'Don't Go There' (written by Ray Benson and David Sanger)
'Soldier's Joy' (traditional)

In Spring 2005, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel began the production of 'A Ride With Bob', which followed the travels of legendary singer/songwriter Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975).

'A Ride With Bob' included the live performance of fifteen of Bob Wills’ most well-known songs in a plot which interweaved Ray Benson’s present day with various stages in Bob Wills’ storied career.

In late 2005, Ray Benson produced the various artists compilation album, 'Ten In Texas' (Icehouse Music Records, 2005), which featured Texas country music artists paying tribute to songwriters from Texas.

The various artists compilation album, 'Ten In Texas' (Icehouse Music Records, 2005), which was released on Tuesday 11 October 2005, included the following tracks:

'Texas Cookin' (written by Guy Clark) / this track featured Ruthie Foster
'Honky Tonk Heroes' (written by Billy Joe Shaver) / this track featured Carolyn Wonderland
'True Love Ways', which was written by Buddy Holly (Monday 7 September 1936 - Tuesday 3 February 1959) and Norman Petty (Wednesday 25 May 1927 - Wednesday 15 August 1984) / this track featured Aaron Watson
'Sunday Morning Coming Down' (written by Kris Kristofferson) / this track featured Joe Ely
'Lone Star Beer And Bob Wills Music' (written by Red Steagall) / this track featured Gary P. Nunn
'The Other Woman' (written by Don Rollins) / this track featured Asleep At The Wheel
'Cowboy' (written by Betty Elders) / this track featured Terri Hendrix
'The Grand Tour', which was written by Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor (Saturday 5 September 1931 - Friday 5 December 1986) and George Richey (Saturday 30 November 1935 - Saturday 31 July 2010) / this track featured Dale Watson
'There's A Little Bit Of Everything In Texas', which was written by Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984) / this track featured Johnny Bush and Cornell Hurd

On Tuesday 14 November 2006, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Live Fron Austin, TX' (New West Records, 2006), which included the following tracks (all of which were recorded in 1992 and featured The Texas Playboys):

'Black And White Rag' (written by Ray Benson)
'Miles And Miles Of Texas' (written by Diane Johnston)
'Boot Scootin' Boogie' (written by Ronnie Dunn)
'You Don't Know Me', which was written by Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 - Thursday 8 May 2008) and Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006)
'Hot Rod Lincoln'
'Boogie Back To Texas' (written by Ray Benson)
'The House Of Blue Lights' (written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack)
'Fat Boy Rag', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)' (written by Bobby Troup)
'Corrine, Corrina' (written by J.M. Williams, Bo Chapman and Mitchell Parish)
'Blues For Dixie'
'Roly Poly', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Misery', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967), Billie 'Tiny' Moore and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Sugar Moon', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)

In 2007, The Austin Chronicle recognised Ray Benson for 'Male Vocalist', 'Band of the Year', 'Songwriter', 'Record Producer', and for 'The Country Genre'.

On Tuesday 20 March 2007, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Reinventing The Wheel' (Megaforce Records, 2007), which included the following tracks:

'The Devil Ain't Lazy', which was written by Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954) / this track featured The Blind Boys of Alabama
'Your Mind Is On Vacation' (written by Mose Allison)
'I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine' (written by Mack David)
'Am I Right (Or Amarillo)'
'This Ol' Cowboy'
'I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)' (written by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren)
'Pop A Wheelie' (written by Ray Benson) / this track featured Rolf Sieker
'Misery', which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 - Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
'Hot Like That' (written by Ray Benson)
'Saturday Night Fish Fry' (written by Ellis Walsh)
'You're My Sugar' (written by Hal Stanley and Irving Taylor)
'The Cape' (written by Guy Clark)

On Tuesday 18 September 2007, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Santa Loves To Boogie' (MRI Associates Records, 2007), which included the following tracks:

'Santa Loves To Boogie' (written by David Sanger)
'Hot Texas Christmas Day' (written by Dale Watson) / this track featured Dale Watson
'Give You My Gift' (written by Elizabeth McQueen and David Sanger)
'Pretty Paper' (written by Willie Nelson) / this track featured Willie Nelson
'Mele Kalikimaka'
'Santa's On His Way' (written by Nita Phillips)
'I Hate Christmas' (written by Jon Dee Graham)
'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer' (written by John Marks) / this track featured Jack Ingram
'I'll Be Home For Christmas' (written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram)
'Christmas In Texas' (written by Ray Benson, Kevin Fowler and David Sanger) / this track featured Kevin Fowler
'Silent Night' (traditional)

On Tuesday 3 February 2009, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'Willie & The Wheel' (Bismeaux Productions, 2009), which was a special album project with Willie Nelson and included the following tracks:

'Hesitation Blues' (traditional)
'Sweet Jennie Lee' (written by Walter Donaldson)
'Fan It' (written by Dan Howell and Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon)
'I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll' (written by C. Williams and S. Williams)
'Oh! You Pretty Woman' (traditional)
'Bring It On Down To My House' (traditional)
'Right Or Wrong' (written by Paul Biese, Haven Gillespie and Arthur L. Sizemore)
'Corrine, Corrina'
'I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World' (traditional)
'Shame On You', which was written by Spade Cooley (Saturday 17 December 1910 - Sunday 23 November 1969)
'South' (written by Thamon Hayes and Bennie Moten) / this track featured Vince Gill and Paul Shaffer
'Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon', which was written by Rex Griffin (Monday 12 August 1912 - Sunday 11 October 1959)

On Tuesday 20 July 2010, Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel saw the release of 'It's A Good Day' (Bismeaux Productions, 2010), which was a special album project with special guests and included the following tracks:

'It's A Good Day' / this track featured Ray Benson and Leon Rausch
'Truck Driver's Blues', which was written by Ted Daffan (Saturday 21 September 1912 - Sunday 6 October 1996) / this track featured Willie Nelson and Leon Rausch
'Alright, Okay, You Win' (written by Mayme Watts and Sidney Wyche) / this track featured Elizabeth McQueen, Willie Nelson and Leon Rausch
'Rosetta' (written by Earl Hines and Henri Woode) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Basin Street Blues' (written by Spencer Williams) / this track featured Ray Benson and Leon Rausch
'I Didn't Realise', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Mean Woman With The Green Eyes', which was written by Sheb Wooley (Sunday 10 April 1921 - Tuesday 16 September 2003) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Sugar Moon', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Cotton Patch Blues', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Snap Your Fingers' (written by Grady Martin and Alex Zanetis) / this track featured Leon Rausch
'Get Your Kicks (On Route 66)' (written by Bobby Troup) / this track featured Ray Benson, Elizabeth McQueen and Leon Rausch
'Osage Stomp', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) / this track featured Ray Benson, Jonathan Doyle, Leon Rausch, Eddie Rivers and Dan Walton

On Tuesday January 2014, Ray Benson saw the release of his second solo album, 'A Little Piece' (Bismeaux Records, 2014).

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