1. Dale Watson & Ray Benson Talk Duets Album, Differences Between 'Ameripolitan' & Americana & Country Music

    January 24, 2017 9:43 AM EST The new album from Ray Benson and Dale Watson starts with "The Ballad of Dale and Ray," which sounds like a theme song for a happily sloshed country comedy revue. "I like to drink Lone Star," sings Dale. "I like to smoke pot," continues Benson. Then both join in:…

  2. Ray Benson Kicks Off SXSW With Birthday Bash

    March 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT In his characteristically droll manner. Ray Benson told a crowd at Austin's Rattle Inn on Tuesday night that "this has become a yearly thing, having a birthday." But Benson has, in fact, turned his yearly celebration into one of the opening -- and overall -- highlights of the…

  3. SXSW Kicks Off With All-Star Country-Blues Jam

    March 17, 2010 12:39 PM EDT A day before its official start, this year's South By Southwest festivities got rolling on Tuesday (March 16) with an all-star country-rock and blues bash at La Zona Rosa celebrating Asleep at the Wheel leader and Texas music icon Ray Benson's 59th birthday. The show, which also…

  4. Chesney, Brooks & Dunn Wrap Up Stagecoach Fest

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first Stagecoach country music festival wrapped yesterday (May 6) in Indio, Calif., with back-to-back headlining sets at the Empire Polo Field from tour mates Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn. The first Stagecoach country music festival wrapped yesterday (May 6) in Indio, Calif., with…

  5. Benson & Asleep At The Wheel Take 'A Ride With Bob'

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel's debt to Western swing king Bob Wills comes to the fore once again with a new stage production. Benson and the band star in "A Ride With Bob: From Austin to Tulsa," a two-act musical drama that…

  6. Green Seeks Continued Major Label Success

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. At a time when many artists are leaving the major-label system to put out their albums independently, Pat Green has gone the opposite route. After releasing six successful independent albums, Green signed with New York-based Republic/Universal…

  7. McClinton Angles For 'Room To Breathe'

    July 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Veteran roots singer Delbert McClinton will release a new album, "Room to Breathe," Sept. 24 on New West Records. McClinton co-produced the album with Gary Nicholson, with whom the artist has collabor Veteran roots singer Delbert McClinton will release a new album, "Room to…

  8. Tillis Salutes Her Lineage With 'Relative'

    May 30, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country singer Pam Tillis has wrapped "It's All Relative," a tribute album featuring the songs of her legendary father, Mel Tillis. The disc is due Aug. 27 and will be her debut on Columbia/Lucky Dog, Country singer Pam Tillis has wrapped "It's All Relative," a…