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Asleep At The Wheel
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Ray Benson (Ray Benson Siefert, born March 16, 1951), Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston were really just three alterna-culture refugees when they landed in Paw Paw, W. Va., in the summer of 1969. Their plan was to form a real live Western swing band, influenced by the likes of fellow-gonzo-swinger Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. After drifting through Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, the band (which got its record deal when Van Morrison raved about them in Rolling Stone) landed in heart of Bob Wills country: Austin, Texas, in the early '70s. With its fondness for jazz, blues, rock and country, the band was an instant hit with the same folks who embraced Willie Nelson and the rest of the Outlaws. The band only scored one Top 10 country hit -- 1975's "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read" -- but has collected eight Grammys since then. In addition to two-all star Bob Wills tributes in the '90s, the ensemble offered a concept album Asleep at the Wheel Remembers the Alamo in 2003. Also that year, Benson (the only remaining founding member) released his first solo album, Beyond Time, which earned two Grammy nominations.
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04/02/2010 - Asleep at the Wheel celebrates 40th anniversary with another dose of Texas swing - Read More
03/12/2010 - Asleep at the Wheel marks 40 years of western swing - Read More
01/08/2010 - Scenes of western swing - Read More
10/22/2009 - Asleep at the Wheel aims to entertain - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.6              Total Reviews: 16


Asleep At The Wheel  06/23/2007            
chester
As good as it gets-I've been listening to them for over 10 years. Ray should be entertainer of the year.
Asleep At The Wheel  05/09/2006            
Deric Shaw
Asleep At The Wheel is made up of great musicians that play music that I feel is underappreciated today. Remembers the Alamo is a very good and unique album. The Alamo is a good theme for a CD.
Asleep At The Wheel  04/25/2006            
Shana Kersh
I am so forunate to have been able to see Asleep at Wheel in concert more than once!! They Rock!!
Asleep At The Wheel  08/25/2005            
Johnnie Joe
I saw them for the 1st time at the Starlight Music Series here in College Station. They did a lot of Bob Wills and Texas Swing music. Other songs they played that I liked were One Six Pack to Go by Hank Thompson and Hot Rod Lincoln by Charlie Ryan. They seemed more of a cover band at this show although they did play some originals. The venue, Wolfpen Creek, was mostly families with kids since the College Station Utilities put on the show for free. I would like to see Asleep at the Wheel play at Billy Bob's or something rather than Wolfpen. It just seemed as though they never really let loose and it was a pretty short show. I could tell these fools could play though and that is why I felt they didn't git er done at this show. Very cool band that I will go see again for sure!
Asleep At The Wheel  08/12/2005            
texas_redneck08
when i here yall's music, i fall asleep at the wheel.
Asleep At The Wheel  01/22/2005            
Awesome
Asleep At The Wheel  12/20/2004            
me
its good
Asleep At The Wheel  10/20/2004            
byron
Awesome music!
Asleep At The Wheel  07/04/2004            
Patrick Glenn
Asleep At The Wheel is the best Western Swing band in Texas (That Means The World) These guys are some of the best musicians you will find anywhere. They will always be the best for their staying power in this business. Ray Benson is a great singer and Jason Roberts as well. Every Album they put out is a winner in my opinion.
Asleep At The Wheel  05/03/2004            
Aaron Watson
Great guys who play great music!
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