Ray Benson

 Ray Benson is the front man of the Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel as well as an actor and voice actor. In 1970, Benson formed Asleep at the Wheel with friends Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston in Paw Paw, West Virginia. They were soon joined by Gene Dobkin, a classmate of Benson’s at Antioch College, and Chris O’Connell. The group relocated to Austin in 1973 after a suggestion from Willie Nelson.

Since then, the group has released more than 20 albums and earned 9 Grammy awards. Though the band’s lineup has changed greatly over the years (about 90 people have been part of Asleep at the Wheel at some point), Benson has always remained at the helm as the band’s driving force.

In addition to his work with Asleep at the Wheel, Benson is also an accomplished producer whose credits include albums by Dale Watson, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Watson, James Hand and Carolyn Wonderland; also single tracks for Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard, and Vince Gill.

In 2003, Benson released his first solo album entitled Beyond Time.

A Tribute to Merle Haggard Episode 1
Tribute: A Tribute to Merle Haggard
2010 Episode 1
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