Ray Benson will join us on Wednesday, September 9th to kick off the 2015-2016 season of Unplugged on The Front Porch. A hero of country and western music, Benson is the winner of nine Grammy awards over the course of his 40+ year tenure as the captain of Asleep at the Wheel. While his work as an artist is nothing short of legend– Huffington Post recently compared Ray Benson to, “veteran heartland troubadours such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams–” his work off the stage has been another legacy all its own. Demonstrating a bleeding heart for struggling musicians everywhere, Benson has helped shape the futures of so many individuals through nonprofits he has helped to create and sustain, such as Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – HAAM and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Providing regular opportunities for Austin folks to engage with exceptional musicians in an acoustically exquisite venue– the sanctuary at All Saints’ Episcopal Church– Unplugged on The Front Porch invites all devoted listeners to gather in one spot on a monthly basis to venerate our city’s best musical storytellers. In just two short hours, our listening experience reaches into the hearts and minds of these musicians as we explore with them not only their art but also their life experiences and opinions in our intimate gathering characterized by both music and conversation.
Each edition of Unplugged on The Front Porch features an hour and a half of music divided into two sets, a fifteen-minute interview with the artist, and a fifteen-minute intermission. Come early for this one– we’re beyond pumped to sit down and have a conversation with Ray Benson next month, and we feel like a whole herd of people might show up. This season, the suggested donation for entry is $15 a person. Kids 15 and under are free. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ray Benson’s soulful voice and “genuinely sophisticated tunesmithery,” as KUT so neatly put it. We know this will be one for the books.
Unplugged on The Front Porch is generated and sustained by two local nonprofits– The Live Music Capital Foundationand The Front Porch– who decided to look for ways to make listening in our community more intentional.