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Comin' Right at Ya - How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel (Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series) - cover

Comin' Right at Ya - How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country or the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel (Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series)

David Menconi, Ray Benson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

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“Full of humor and humility . . . Since Benson started Asleep at the Wheel as a working-class country band, it’s one helluva ride worth telling.” —The Austin Chronicle   A six-foot-seven-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia starts a Western swing band in 1970. It sounds like a joke but—more than forty years, twenty-five albums, and nine Grammy Awards later—Asleep at the Wheel is still drawing crowds around the world. The roster of musicians who’ve shared a stage with the Wheel is a who’s who of American popular music—Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and so many more. And the bandleader who’s brought them all together is the hippie that claimed Bob Wills’s boots: Ray Benson.   In this hugely entertaining memoir, Benson looks back over his life and wild ride with Asleep at the Wheel from the band’s beginning in Paw Paw, West Virginia, through its many years as a Texas institution. He vividly recalls all the inevitable ups and downs and changes in personnel and describes the making of classic albums such as Willie and the Wheel and Tribute to the Music of Bob Willsand the Texas Playboys. The ultimate music industry insider, Benson explains better than anyone else how the Wheel got rock hipsters and die-hard country fans to love groovy new-old Western swing. Decades later, they still do.  “Ray Benson is something—creative, fun, entertaining—you’ll love this book!” —Dolly Parton  “I’ve known Ray Benson for over forty years and never could figure out how he does all he does while asleep at the wheel! This book, however, tells how it all went down!” —Willie Nelson
Available since: 10/01/2015.
Print length: 201 pages.

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