It’s a Good Day was a long time in the making! I’ve known Leon Rausch for over 38 years and we finally got to do this record. Some of ya'll might not know of Leon but he was one of Bob Wills’ GREAT Texas Playboy vocalists. He joined Wills in the late 50's and his stellar vocal stylings were on par with the greats that preceded him, such as Tommy Duncan, Joe Frank Ferguson and Rusty MacDonald.

When we first met in the early 70's Leon would sit in with Asleep at the Wheel. More importantly at jam sessions he helped teach us the right way to play this great music. He also is responsible for our version of “Get Your Kicks (on Route 66),” still our most popular song, when he suggested to Floyd Domino we take the venerable standard and put our signature boogie-woogie beat to the song.

Leon is 82 years old now but still in great voice and sings regularly at western swing events all over Texas, Oklahoma and the world. Our song selections for this recording range from Bob Wills classics to Count Basie tunes and jazz standards. The title track is a swingin’ version of Peggy Lee’s pop hit and throughout the CD Leon duets with Jason, Elizabeth and myself, as well as the legendary Willie Nelson!

I think you'll agree It’s a Good Day was a GOOD idea!

-Ray Benson


released July 20, 2011

Produced by Ray Benson
Associate Producer: Peter Schwarz
Assistant Producers: Dan Skarbek, MJ Mendell, Mindy Espy-Reyes
Recorded by Sam “Lightning” Seifert at Bismeaux Studio, Austin TX
Assistant Engineer: Will Harrison
Mixed by Ray Benson and Sam “Lightning” Seifert at Bismeaux Studio, Austin TX
Mastered by Eric Conn and Don Cobb at Independent Mastering Nashville, TN

Photography: John Glow
Photo Location: The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston, TX
Art Direction and Package Design: Dick Reeves and Ray Benson
Liner Notes: Ray Benson

Thanks Credits
Vonda Rausch, Scott and everyone at APA, Maureen Patton, Bill Mack and SiriusXM, Barbara Martin, KFDI radio in Wichita Kansas, our dear friend Dugg Collins, Dan Karlok, Mort, Alan & Richard Topfer, Missi Callazzo and everyone at MRI and SonyRED, Justin Boots, Glynda Robbins, Patrick Varriale, Mark Harkness, Craig Barker, Ronda & Kim Espy, Matthew Eskey, Kellie Schroeder, Brad Turcotte, Heather Wagner, RoyaltyShare, IODA.



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