Local boy turned totemic Texan Ray Benson brings his superb Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel to the Sellersville Theater in Bucks County for two shows tonight.
How big is Benson - who stands 6 foot 7 - in Texas? So big that that's a life size cardboard cut out of him from the Austin airport, gretting travelers earlier this month as they arrived for SXSW. Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel along with fellow Philadelphians LeRoy Preston and Reuben Gosfield in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1970, and he' been the world's most ardent advocate for Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys sophisticated brand of cowboy jazz ever since. Read my 2009 Inquirer interview with Benson and Willie Nelson aboard Willie's bus in Wilkes Barre, Pa. here. See Benson, with steel guitar superlative Cindy Cashdollar in the band - sing Cindy Walker's "You Don't Know Me" on Austin City Limits below. Show info here.