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Mr. Ray Benson, leader of Asleep at the Wheel, has 9 Grammy Awards under his belt and he's still going strong. At a towering 6' 7", the Philadelphia-born singer, song writer, performer and recording artist is considered a giant in the industry. However, it's his contributions to music history, not his height, that have made him a dominant figure on the music scene since 1970.
Ray's 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. He stars in a play he co-wrote, A Ride with Bob: The Bob Wills Musical, to commemorate the legends 100th birthday.
A sought-after producer, he has worked with such artists as Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Carolyn Wonderland, Aaron Watson, and Suzy Bogguss. Additionally, Benson is the founder and former member of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, an organization that supports aging R&B artists from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s that have reaped little financial benefit from their music.