Philadelphia native Ray Benson has served as an ambassador for western swing since forming Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia, in 1970. The band spent a couple of years in Berkeley, California, before relocating to Austin, Texas, in 1974, at the encouragement of Willie Nelson. The nine-time Grammy winner’s songwriting credits include “Am I High?,” “Boogie Back to Texas,” “Bump Bounce Boogie,” “Feelin’ Haggard,” and “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.” A forthcoming Asleep at the Wheel album, New Routes, due September 14, will include several Benson originals.
Presented in support of the exhibit Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. Presented by SunTrust and in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Ford Theater. Included with museum admission. Limited seating. Museum members and AMERICANAFEST® badge holders may reserve their free pass in advance starting on August 31 at 10AM CST. For questions on member reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 416-2026. Program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.