I remember dancing on my granddad’s feet to Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. My grandparents in Memphis, Texas (where I was born) used to run in Bob’s circles since he was just down the road in Turkey, Texas.
Once when I took my mom to the Broke Spoke in Austin, Asleep at the Wheel played. In case you don’t know, they are the current kings and queen of Western Swing with many Bob Wills’ songs up their sleeves. After the show ended, I grabbed my mother and hurried her towards Ray Benson. Acting as if I was being paid to snap this photo and I was his wrangler, I threw my mother at him, “Hi Ray! This is my mother, Liz. She is from Memphis, Texas.”
I met Ray when when I worked at the Austin Children’s Museum, but he had no idea who I was, but kindly posed a like a true southern gentleman and nearly made my mom faint when he replied something cool that include the worlds “Hall County“. Thanks Ray Benson! You made my mother’s night! See all the fun things we did that day, including France Nail’s play “I’m Not The Woman I Used To Be” featuring Karen Kuykendall!
I heard a lot of Bob Wills as a kid and with my husband playing in a band many Sundays at the Common Ground in Bastrop, Texas. I also watched a lot of the 3 Stooges! This is perfect!!!
I’ve been so lucky to see Johnny Gimble play many times in Texas, including with Willie Nelson. God Bless Texas!!! YYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAWWWWWWWWW and a Hell YEah!
Thanks for reading!
XXOOO, Beth in Texas
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