Honky tonk Jew

November 5, 2015 14:14

A funny, colorful look at the journey of Ray Benson, founder of swing music band Asleep at the Wheel.

4 minute read.

Ray Benson

Asleep at the Wheel seen in 1976. Ray Benson is in the cowboy hat. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Kinky Friedman may get most of the attention, but Ray Benson is the authentic Texas Jewboy.

The product of a Reform Jewish upbringing in a Philadelphia suburb, the two-meter-tall guitarist and founder of off-kilter country and swing music band Asleep at the Wheel is an unreformed hippie.


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