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“The most entertaining night in Texas.” —Liz Smith
“As raucous, spirited and joyous as the music that inspired it.” —Tulsa World


Nine-time Grammy®-award winners Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel are proud to announce A Ride with Bob, the first-ever musical drama about the legendary Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, will hit the road this summer beginning June 1, 2006 in San Antonio, TX.

In 1973 after the release of the band’s first album (which paid tribute to the music of Bob Wills), Benson was invited by his idol to Dallas for a meeting. Upon his arrival, he learned Wills was not feeling well and the meeting was postponed for the next morning. That same night Wills had a stroke and went into a life-ending coma. In A Ride with Bob, he finally gets to have his conversation with the Spirit of Bob, who visits him on the Asleep at the Wheel bus late one night. The fascinating and sometimes outrageous stories of Wills’ career, his contribution to American music, and his raucous personal life unfold. The drama includes performances of Wills’ most famous songs, including “San Antonio Rose,” “Faded Love,” “Cherokee Maiden,” “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” and many more.

This two-act play features Ray Benson (as himself), Asleep at the Wheel members including fiddler Jason Roberts (as Young Bob Wills), and actor Marco Perella (as The Spirit of Bob Wills). Directed by CK McFarland, the play was co-written by Benson and Hollywood screenwriter Anne Rapp (Cookie’s Fortune and Dr. T & the Women). Production credits also include Christopher McCollum (Set Designer) Robert Tolaro (Production Stage Manager) Bill Peeler (Lighting Designer) & Jane Clarke (Costume Designer).

A Ride with Bob debuted in the spring of 2005 with six sold-out shows at the State Theater in Austin, TX. It was an instant hit with audiences and critics, garnering several nominations from Austin Circle of Theaters Awards and fueled a four-city tour of Texas and Oklahoma that fall. Response to the play has been glowing.