Swing Band Frontman Unwraps Solo Album


Philly native and Asleep at the Wheel co-founder Ray Benson released his first solo album in a decade.

Philadelphia native Ray Benson, who first came to prominence with the western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, has released "A Little Piece," his first solo CD in a decade.

Benson has been at the helm of the band since it formed in 1970; the band has evolved with many different members since. Over its long history, Asleep at the Wheel has garnered nine Grammy Awards and put out some 20 albums.

The new solo effort from the Philly guy Rolling Stone just called a "Texas musical institution" — Benson and the band use Austin, Texas, as their base — features "It Ain't You," a duet with fan and buddy Willie Nelson, for whom Benson also has served as producer in the past.


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