Asleep at the Wheel. Photo by: Wyatt McSpadden
Asleep at the Wheel. Photo by: Wyatt McSpadden

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Asleep at the Wheel, is a blend of generational musicians that pick and strum their way their music history. The band focuses on traditional Texas acoustic music, but has a style of encompassing a multitude of acoustic genres.

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Ray Benson – frontman of the nine-time Grammy award-winning Asleep at the Wheel – founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia over 40 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds nine Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts with over 1.5 million records sold.

NPR World Café will rebroadcast Asleep at the Wheel’s episode from earlier this year on October 19.

Watch the band perform with modern acoustic breakouts The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show on YouTube. Scan over tour dates and their latest music to discover more about the history behind the band.


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

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.