March 20, 2020

     Breath in, breath out. Smile more, worry less. Read more books, write more songs. Walk the dog more without the cell phone in hand. Start the book I know I have in me. Fix the the things I promised the wife I would fix months ago. Organize my office and music room...

December 25, 2019

Seasons Greetings from Texas,      

     I wish a joy-filled holiday season to all of the fine folks, fans, friends, and familia from around the world from the bottom of my heart. With people like you in my corner "Every Day Is Christmas." 

     This past year that follo...

August 22, 2019

Dearest Friends & Supporters, 

     The For the Love of Western Swing artwork took a little longer than I had expected but oh was it worth it. Rod McGehee delivered an amazing work of art for the cover. Jason Landry's silhouette photo was superimposed over the...

June 21, 2019

Our Indiegogo campaign showcased, once again, the power of grassroots efforts and word-of-mouth marketing. We've met our initial goal and because of that Indiegogo will keep the campaign active so that even more folks preorder For the Love of Western Swing, a work in p...

In high school a friend lent me an album called Mel Tillis and Bob Wills In Person. It was my first serious introduction to the joy of Western swing. Later as a teenager I would sneak into Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin Texas to hear the music of Asleep at the...

December 31, 2018

Farewell 2018! You were a year filled with distant travels, new shows, homecoming concerts, and Texas Hill Country recurring performances that allowed me to provide for my family--a year my family members saw joy, heartache, recovery, and happiness. On behalf of my fel...

December 7, 2018

Folks have approached me at recent Texas Hill Country performances requesting songs I remembered writing but, dang it, I couldn’t remember how they went--at least not completely. Some songs like "Winter Sprites" and "What a Christmas It Was!" I rarely perform outside o...

August 28, 2018

Years ago while traveling with the band from the Texas Hill Country through Eastland County, the home of our guitar player Chris Reeves I realize that our route to Northern New Mexico could include a stop in Turkey, Texas. 

Why Turkey Texas? Well you might ask Ray Benso...

June 18, 2018

So when I woke up at 5:38 in the morning in my Sedona, Arizona room realizing that I had never seen the Grand Canyon (and I have been to Arizona more than 10 times in my life), I decided I needed to go. I had discussed it with my wife the previous day so my mind was ma...

June 13, 2018

I can't thank you, my family, my friends, my fans, and my fellow musicians, enough. That thought repeatedly crossed my mind as I tried to respond the many well wishers on June 10, 2018, my birthday.

I realized again that I have many cousins not only on the Martinez side...

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