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Wednesday’s event pick: Ray Benson at BookPeople

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson during a performance at the Saxon Pub Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The band celebrated the music of Bob Wills Tuesday night (Stephen Spillman for the AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson during a performance at the Saxon Pub Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The band celebrated the music of Bob Wills Tuesday night (Stephen Spillman for the AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Grammy Award-winning artist Ray Benson will be at BookPeople to talk about his new book, “Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, Or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel.”

Benson, the co-founder of Asleep at the Wheel, shares the story of how he, a 6-foot-7-inch Jewish hippie from Philadelphia, started a Western swing band in 1970, when hippies and Western swing weren’t appealing to country fans.

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, bookpeople.com.


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