Christmas is just over a week away, and I hope you’re done with your holiday shopping (and if not, yes, I can still help!). Ray Benson, co-writer/subject/star of “Comin’ Right at Ya,” doesn’t exactly celebrate Christmas, being Jewish and all; but he is nevertheless purveying holiday cheer with Asleep at the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas!” tour, which plays this very eve at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Yes, of course, I will be there — like you had to ask. But please do drop on by and say howdy if you’re in the vicinity.
Also, earlier in the day Thursday, Ray and I will be on radio station WUNC’s “The State of Things,” starting at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to yack about this and that. Listen to that here.
Thursday brings Asleep at the Wheel to my home turf to perform at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. And while they’re in the vicinity, “Comin’ Right at Ya” co-writer/subject/star Ray Benson and I will be appearing on “The State of Things,” the mid-day talk show on WUNC 91.5-FM (and a show I’ve been on before). I believe Ray and I are scheduled to be on the air at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday.
We’ll be talking with host Frank Stasio about the book, of course, and also probably the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas!” show happening Thursday night — not to mention their New Year’s Eve return engagement, opening for fellow travelers the Avett Brothers at Greensboro Coliseum. So tune us in on the radio (or listen online), and then drop on by the show at the ArtsCenter later and say hey. I bet Ray can be talked into signing copies of the book.
Dunno how your holiday season is shaping up this year, but mine is looking quite Asleep at the Wheel-intensive. I already had them penciled in for New Year’s Eve with the Avett Brothers over in Greensboro. And closer to home, the Wheel has just been announced for Dec. 17 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter with a Western swing holiday-themed show titled “Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all!”
You might think it odd for someone of the Jewish faith to do a Christmas show. But as Ray puts it in the closing Epilogue of “Comin’ Right at Ya,” “We’ve done two Christmas albums even though I’m Jewish because, between Jesus and Irving Berlin, there would be no Christmas without Jews.”
If you’re in the greater Carrboro/Chapel Hill vicinity late Saturday afternoon, tune in WCOM, 103.5-FM, where I’ll be a guest on The Placeholder Show from about 5:15 to 6 p.m. We’ll be talking about Whiskeytown and Ryan and “Losering,” of course; and perhaps a few other worthy local current acts out there nowadays.
WCOM is a low-power station emanating from the Carrboro ArtsCenter. So if you’re outside of the immediate area, there’s an online stream from the station’s webpage.
After that, maybe see you at YR15?