Friday, March 20, 2009

"A Ride with Bob"

I can not believe I forgot to talk about this! Last Friday Robert and I went and saw "A Ride with Bob - The Bob Wills Musical." It is a musical put on by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel fame. The premise behind the musical is Ray's talk with Bob Wills that never happened. See, back in the 70's Bob was recording what was to be his last album with Merle Haggard and Asleep at the Wheel was recording at the same studio. Ray was brought into meet Bob, but after a long day of recording Bob was tired and his manager said that Ray could talk to him the next day. Well, that night Bob had a stroke and went into a coma. Bob never woke up from that coma and he dies 2 years later.

The musical was at the Long Center which I have to say is an AMAZING venue! I really do not think there was a bad seat in the house. We sat in the balcony, which I think was nice. No, we could not see the actors up close and see exactly what they were doing, but we had a great overview of the stage, it was really nice.

We were probably the youngest people there that were not there with their parents. With it being the opening weekend of the film portion of SXSW that was not really surprising. It was ingesting during the intermission and before the show to overhear people talking about how they came to be living in Texas and Austin, and how they danced to Bob Wills at a dancehall.

All in all it was a great "date night" with Robert. And I would HIGHLY recomend that everyone go see "A Ride with Bob."


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