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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - It all started out in Austin in the early ’70s. A very tall and talented musician named Ray Benson got together with some buddies to form Asleep at the Wheel. Asked if his now iconic band personified the ‘Austin Sound,’ Benson said, “No! It was an Austin scene in those days and still is — there are many sounds!”

The Grammy Award winning sound (Benson has won nine Grammys) could be heard Tuesday night at the Dallas Arboretum’s Concerts in the Garden. Now in its 15th year, the sold-out crowd gathered on the hillside to hear the famed Texas swing music and also enjoy the award-winning Chihuly Nights exhibit. The Seattle artist installed his spectacular glass works throughout the 66-acre grounds and, as impressive as the sculptures are in the daytime, the nighttime really brings out the colorful and majestic beauty of the unique art.

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CBS 11 News entertainment reporter Sandie Newton with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson as the band passed through Dallas on July 10, 2012. (credit: KTVT/KTXA)

Benson reminded us that he is now in his third season of Texas Music Scene, which airs locally on CBS 11 and our sister station, TXA 21. He credits CBS 11 General Manager Gary Schneider for the brilliant decision to bring the now popular musical showcase to the airwaves three years ago. The show highlights new and established Texas bands. Currently seen in 18 Texas cities, it is showing no sign of slowing down, and keeps attracting fans young and old to the great and diverse music of the Lone Star State.

Concerts in the Garden continue though the end of the month, and then will be performed once a week in September through October. The Chihuly exhibit continues at the Arboretum through November 5.

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