Music City Roots hosted by Jim Lauderdale
Music City Roots Feat. Ray Benson, Milkdrive, Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls Of Leicester, Seryn, The Deadly Gentlemen and Matrimony
You’d expect Ray Benson to have his outfit jauntily swinging in 4/4 and easing into waltz time every few numbers. Those are, after all, the bread-and-butter grooves of Austin’s Asleep At the Wheel, the Western swing band he’s led for more than four decades. But Benson very occasionally goes rogue (i.e. solo) — as he does on his brand-new album, A Little Piece, and as he will for this Music City Roots set. “I ain’t a simple guy,” he admits during the self-penned second track. He has members of the Texas newgrass outfit Milkdrive backing him on that song — they’re his band on this tour — and the remainder of the players include guys from AATW, Del Castillo and his co-producers, Lloyd Maines and Sam Seifert. (Maines is, of course, the father of a former Dixie Chick, and Seifert happens to be Benson’s studio-savvy son.) A Texas troubadour excursion with detours into country-rock and Latin-tinged balladry, this is a showcase for other sides of Benson’s songwriting — not to mention his wry, articulate baritone. Dobro giant Jerry Douglas has been at his craft, professionally at least, only a few years less than Benson, and he frequently stretches out beyond his primary gig with Alison Krauss and Union Station — last summer’s Traveler had him applying a jazz-rock attack to all sorts of tunes.
Wed, Jan 22 | 7:00 PM
The Loveless Cafe + Barn