Ray Benson, MilkDrive team up for Spicewood Arts Society show

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson will perform with MilkDrive on April 24 at the Cypress Club, 2208 Seabiscuit Cove in Spicewood.

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

SPICEWOOD — Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson is teaming up with MilkDrive, an Austin-based band known for its blend of folk, jazz and bluegrass, on Aug. 24.

They will perform in a joint concert presented by the Spicewood Arts Society at the Cypress Club, 2208 Seabiscuit Cove. The club is located in The Reserve at Lake Travis community. Tickets are $25-$55 for the show only. A buffet dinner at $25 per person will be available at the club pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m.

“It’s a special concert,” said Wanda Rosello, community outreach chairwoman of the Spicewood Arts Society. “We’re fortunate to be able to partner with The Reserve. It’s a beautiful spot. They’re as excited about it as we are.”

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson will perform with MilkDrive on April 24 at the Cypress Club, 2208 Seabiscuit Cove in Spicewood.
Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson will perform with MilkDrive on April 24 at the Cypress Club, 2208 Seabiscuit Cove in Spicewood.

Aside from singing with the Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel, Benson has released several solo albums, including “A Little Piece,” on which he performs with other acts. One of those acts was MilkDrive.

MilkDrive, which began with three of its four members playing in fiddle contests as youth dating to their days in Idaho, was gaining quite a reputation in the Austin music scene before it played at the South By Southwest music festival in 2014. That performance helped the band gain more fans.

One of those new fans was Benson. The group’s most recent release, “Places You’ve Not Been,” was recorded at Bismeaux Records, the South Austin studio founded by Benson.

Benson, MilkDrive and Dale Watson recently performed together at this year’s South By Southwest in March.

Organizers for the Spicewood show are selling 600 tickets.

“Ticket sales have been good,” Rosello said, “but we still have plenty to sell.”

Purchase tickets at www.spicewoodarts.org for this rain-or-shine concert. RSVP at info@spicewoodarts.org for dinner.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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