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Asleep at the Wheel Dives Into Their Musical History

In our exclusive interview, we discuss Asleep at the Wheel's rotating band members, signature sound and more!


Asleep at the Wheel has had an extensive and illustrious career. With the release of their latest album New Routes, the ten-time GRAMMY Award winners have been making the rounds; promoting their album as well as giving fans insight into their decades long musical career.

The current band members showcase just how diverse the Wheel’s sound can be. Kicking off their latest album is the track “Jack I’m Mellow,” a swing revival romp sung by fiddle-playing band mate Katie Shore. “Seven Nights to Rock,” is a catchy, boogie down tune that also highlights their musical roots. New Routesalso showcases tunes by Johnny Cash (Big River) and Guy Clark (Dublin Blues) as well as featuring the Avett Brothers on “Willie Got There First” (written by Seth Avett).

Founded in 1970, Asleep at the Wheel has received many accolades, including “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976), “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009) and are an Austin City Limits Hall of Fame inductee. Founder and front-man Ray Benson incoperated his love of western swing combined with elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling. Benson likes to call their music “Jazz with a cowboy hat” and proudly says the band never gives the same performance twice.

Find the group performing at The Cowboy Bar on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, March 17 at 8PM. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 16 at noon.

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