Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, 69, revealed via Facebook on March 31 that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Well folks, the bad news I’ve contracted the corona virus!!” said Ray. “Been feeling tired for about 10 days! Went to be tested on the 21st! No tests so went home! Went back yesterday feelin the same tired out of it and they tested … first call this mornin from lab sayin you got it!! Hoping for the best don’t have the usual symptoms but feel tired head ache no fever no cough!! I’ll be ok sure do miss playin music and seein everyone! Stay well this shits serious!! I have been alone for the most part and wore mask washed hands used hand sanitizer still got it! Do not listen to right wing BS!
Peace Ray Benson.”
Celebrating their 50th year as a band in 2020, Asleep at the Wheel has earned 10 Grammy Awards, ACM Touring Band of the Year and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A revolving cast of musicians has powered Asleep at the Wheel over the past half-century with the band’s alumni now numbering more than 100. From inception, the band has been inspired by the Western swing format pioneered by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
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