Our mini-documentary PLUS 6 song videos from the legendary 40th Anniversary concert is now available on one DVD. Click here to order!
This short film plus concert footage chronicles the improbable four-decade transformation of a band of ragtag hippies into the 9-time GRAMMY winning champions of western swing and today’s status as Texas cultural icons. From the early days in Paw Paw, WV to the big breaks in San Francisco, settling permanently in Austin, and then on to each of the improbable come-backs through the years, the story culminates in a triumphant 2010 concert that reunites the “family” for its 40th anniversary. The band lives on because of an intense love of this music that is shared by the elite musicians who make it and the audience that insists on more of it. That, and the force of nature that is Ray Benson.
Asleep at the Wheel: Then and Now (2013)
Executive Producer: Ray Benson
Produced by Peter Schwarz and Dan Karlok
Directed and Edited by Dan Karlok
40th Anniversary Concert Video (November 5, 2010 Austin TX):
1. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
2. Bump Bounce Boogie
3. The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)
4. Cherokee Boogie
5. House of Blue Lights
6. Boogie Back to Texas
“A Little Piece” is out and you can order physical copies from our website here, or order online at iTunes or Amazon.
Here’s more info:
The ambassador of Western Swing, Asleep at the Wheel’s leader and 2011 Texan of the Year, Ray Benson, released his 2nd solo record appropriately titled, A LITTLE PIECE, January 21, 2014.
A LITTLE PIECE gives us a personal and introspective look into the man who has become a Texas music institution since his arrival from his hometown of Philadelphia over 40 years ago and shows a side of himself that we have not previously seen or heard.
“The album is a bit on the dark side,” Benson says. “The songs came out of a lot of upheaval, mostly with women.” All of the songs were penned by Benson with the exception of two favorites: Randy Newman’s 1974’s “Marie” and Waylon Jennings and Gary Nicholson’s never before recorded co-write, “It’ Ain’t You.” “I love that Ray and Willie [Nelson], two of my favorite voices of all time, duet on this,” Nicholson adds.
The record was co-produced by Benson with GRAMMY Award winning producer Lloyd Maines (The Dixie Chicks) and Benson’s son, Sam Seifert. “Except for being told repeatedly that my guitar was out of tune by someone whose diapers I used to change, working with my son was a great experience,” says Benson.
Benson’s backup band on A LITTLE PIECE includes longtime Asleep at the Wheel drummer Dave Sanger, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, Wheel co-founder Floyd Domino, Austin’s up-and-coming newgrass band, Milkdrive and Latin rockers, Del Castillo.