Billy Stoner Benny's Tune
A self-proclaimed “outlaw in Austin when outlaws were outalwed”, Billy Stoner was a member of the Chattanooga Boys Choir in Tennessee as a child. After high school, he learned how to drive a truck and spent time on the road. In the late 1960s, he was a member of Boston band The Family Circus, and in the 1970s Plum Nelly in Austin, Texas. He recorded his own musical project in 1980 at Longview Farm in N. Brookfield, Massachusetts, which is where this gloriously ragged track is from. All the business he did for almost two decades was to support his music habit. Not long after recording his album, Billy became a member of The Austin Fall Stars, a band based at Big Spring Federal Prison Camp. They performed at community events in west Texas, too.