Ray Benson the BIG well known frontman for the western swing band “Asleep At The Wheel”
has stepped out and finished his solo album project and will be doing some
tour dates for it.
He’s been titled “The Ambassador Of Western Swing” by his peers.
And on January 21st his second solo album “A Little Piece” will be
According to his personal website this album will be an
“up close and personal look” at the hillbilly king of swing.
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.
His solo band is called “Milkdrive” and they will be performing
the following dates in 2014.
January 10th Dosey Doe / Conroe, Texas
January 16th McDavid Studio at Bass Hall / Fort Worth, Texas
January 17th Luckenbach Dance Hall / Fredericksburg, Texas
January 21st Waterloo Records In-store / Austin, Texas
January 22nd Music City Roots / Nashville, Tennessee
January 24th Hill Country BBQ / New York City, New York
January 25th Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA (Philadelphia area)
January 26th Jammin’ Java / Vienna, VA
February 1st Grand Stafford / Bryan, TX
February 27th Stateside at the Paramount / Austin, TX