x

Austin's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Austin, Texas | KVUE.com

Asleep at the Wheel singer Ray Benson tests positive for COVID-19

Benson said he doesn't have the usual symptoms and has been alone "for the most part."

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin country artist Ray Benson has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his Facebook post published on Tuesday morning.

Benson is known as the frontman for the Grammy Award-winning western swing band Asleep at the Wheel.

"Well folks, the bad news I've contracted the coronavirus!! 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," the post reads." 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 [expletive] 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!

A couple days later, Benson posted an update detailing his symptoms and urging the public to take the virus seriously. He said it appears he is progressing well.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Benson turned 69 earlier this month.

Recently, Benson planned on performing a birthday concert benefit for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians at South by Southwest, which was canceled

Asleep at the Wheel is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a band this year, according to the Statesman.

The band is also known for opening up the Austin City Limits Music Festival every year.

Credit: John Gusky, KVUE
Ray Benson and his band, Asleep at the Wheel, have opened ACL every year for the past 18 years. Photo: John Gusky, KVUE

PEOPLE ARE ALSO READING:

Group of Austin spring breakers test positive for coronavirus after trip to Mexico

Coronavirus updates in Central Texas: Group of young adults returning to Austin from Mexico test positive for COVID-19

Staying positive: Austin communities find creative ways to spread love during tough times