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Ralph McLean In Conversation With Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)

"I’m so very excited to participate in this year's AmericanaFest UK, this will mark the first one for myself and Asleep at the Wheel. I’ve been playing music in the UK since our first tour in 1977 and always jump at the opportunity to come over any chance I get. I’m looking forward to showcasing our new record “New Routes” as well as checking out new bands and participating in the great panels during the week. It’s wonderful to see Americana grow worldwide and i’m honoured to be a part of this great genre of music."

Nine times Grammy Award winning Asleep at The Wheel frontman and leader Ray Benson is a true icon of Americana. Having released over 20 albums since the 1970s, and charted more than 20 singles in the Billboard Country Music Chart, Benson shows no signs of slowing down, with latest album 'New Routes' released in September 2018. A songwriting genius and master performer, Benson has collaborated and played with many of country and Americana's greatest artists, from Vince Gill to Dixie Chicks to Willie Nelson. Benson discusses his illustrious career and his unwavering passion for making music with BBC Radio Ulster's Ralph McLean.

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