Ray Benson

Ray Benson

MilkDrive

Sat, January 25, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Ardmore Music Hall

Ardmore, PA

$20 - $40

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show / $40 VIP

Ray Benson
Ray Benson
The legendary Ray Benson is the host of host of the Texas Music Scene television series. Ray is the founder and front man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, winner of 9 Grammy awards.

In addition to his work with Asleep at the Wheel, Ray is also an accomplished producer whose credits include Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard, and Vince Gill.

Ray is also a founding member of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which raises money to help aging R&B artists, and a member of the board of directors of the SIMS Foundation, which provides low-cost mental health services to Austin musicians and their families. He is also a trustee for the Texas chapter of NARAS, a board member of St Davids Community Health Foundation, and a founding Board member of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAMM).
MilkDrive
MilkDrive
Jazz-grass band MilkDrive features award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. But awards reveal nothing about the Austin string band's exhilarating sound. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience that crosses genres, geographies, and generations.

The band's much-anticipated sophomore studio album WAVES, produced by Bil VornDick, will be released in June. Capturing the band's sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship, the album showcases a number of original compositions and features guests Noam Pikelny (of Punch Brothers) and Futureman (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones).

Dennis Ludiker, Brian Beken and Noah Jeffries met as youngsters competing in the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Eventually they migrated to Austin, where they toured with an eclectic mix of bands and honed their songwriting chops before joining up with bass player extraordinaire Matt Mefford and forming MilkDrive.

In June 2009, the band recorded and released a live album, MILKDRIVE LIVE '09, which spotlights the band's vigorous picking technique and charismatic writing style. Their debut studio album ROAD FROM HOME, released in April 2011, combines haunting ballads with their signature instrumentals – "achieving a rootsy feel with a sophisticated edge," as reviewer Graham Robertson put it. "A fantastic canvas for solo work."

Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle calls the MilkDrive repertoire "a virtuosic blast of bluegrassy string-band music." With labels that range from jamgrass and nu-folk to redneck gypsy jazz, the band has built a following that's as funky and friendly as they are. The group plays festivals from coast to coast every year, with stops in between at Colorado's beloved RockyGrass Festival and at home at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com