Special Guest: Ray Benson OPC '69
Ray Benson is the frontman and founder of the world-renowned Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel. For more than 45 years, Benson has been the driving force behind “The Wheel,” and has overseen the release of more than 25 albums and won 10 Grammy Awards. The 2015 release of Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys garnered the band’s latest Grammy for Best Recording Package.
In October 2015, Benson released his lively memoir, Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel. His honors include: 2011 Texan of the Year; 2011 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Multimedia; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association; the TEC Les Paul Award; and, in 2004, the official Texas State Musician. As a producer, Benson has worked with Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Carolyn Wonderland, Aaron Watson and Suzy Bogguss.
Benson hosts Austin Outer Limits on Sirius XM’s Willie’s Roadhouse, featuring hand-picked Western swing and Texas honky-tonk from his personal collection, and since 2010 he has hosted the television series Texas Music Scene.
Celebrate PC's Band
The evening will include special recognition of Penn Charter's band program, now in its 25th year!