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Austin City Limits hosts AATW, Simpson

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Asleep at the Wheel, new inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, will be featured on the Oct. 17 episode of Austin City Limits with Sturgill Simpson.

The new show comes on the heels of AATW's newest Bob Wills tribute album, "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" on AATW leader Ray Benson's own Bismeaux Records. The LP features 22 collaborations from Willie Nelson to Pokey LaFarge.

NPR World Café will rebroadcast Asleep at the Wheel's episode from earlier this year on Oct. 19, while select affiliates will air the episode additionally on Oct. 17.
Benson recently released his memoir, "Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel," a collaboration with David Menconi. The book details the band's history, beginning with Asleep at the Wheel's beginning in Paw Paw, West Va.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 16 Greenville, TX Bob Wills Fiddle Festival
Oct. 17 Midland, TX Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Oct. 23 Wichita, KS Orpheum Theater
Oct. 24 Pampa, TX Pampa Chamber of Comerce Country Fair
Nov. 13 Ocoee, FL Ocoee Founder's Day Festival
Nov. 27 Parker, CO Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center
Dec. 5 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
Dec. 11 Linden, TX Music City Texas Theater
Dec. 12 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
Dec. 15 Nashville, TN Opry at the Ryman
Dec. 16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Dec. 17 Carrboro, NC The ArtsCenter
Dec. 18 Augusta, GA Imperial Theatre
Dec. 19 Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre
Dec. 22 Galveston, TX The Grand 1894 Opera House
Dec. 30 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Dec. 31 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Jan. 23 Tyler, TX Liberty Hall
Feb. 20 Weirsdale, FL Orange Blossom Opry
April 16 Anchorage, AK Atwood Concert Hall
April 29-30 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House

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New Routes CD review - New Routes
The heyday of Western Swing music has long since come and gone. Sure, there are those that still keep the tradition alive and well, and there are those that are working to renew trails. That is exactly what Asleep At The Wheel is doing, with "New Routes." One of the beauties of Western Swing music is its diversity. It draws from swing, country, jazz, folk and even blues styles of music. With so much variety to draw from, the enormously talented band created a beautifully rich and dynamic »»»
Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys CD review - Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Asleep at the Wheel have never shied away from acknowledging where their musical influence comes from. "Still the King" is the group's third tribute to the music of Bob Wills. While past attempts have been worthy acknowledgements of the influence of the Texas swing legend's music, this time around, Ray Benson and crew work alongside an unbelievable line-up of guest artists. The guest list is not only a testament to the legacy of Wills and his Texas Playboys, but also Asleep at »»»
It's a Good Day CD review - It's a Good Day
Asleep At The Wheel is joined by former Texas Playboys lead singer Leon Rausch on this western swing collection. Rausch, 83, who fronted Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the late '50's and early '60's, handles all the lead vocals here with ample help from AATW and friends. Amongst the stronger tunes are the duet with Willie Nelson on Truck Driver's Blues and the swinging version of Peggy Lee's It's A Good Day. Elizabeth McQueen of AATW joins Rausch on the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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