Asleep at the Wheel
“Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular.” – Billboard Magazine
It all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, and Lucky Oceans, along with a Vermont farm boy named Leroy Preston, Virginian Chris O’Connell, and Gene Dobkin, a bass player and fellow classmate of Benson’s from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, joined forces. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music. Fifty years later and based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys was released in 2015 and marked their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Their most recent album, New Routes, is both a new path forward and a nod to the freewheeling roots (get it?) of one of Texas’ most beloved bands. The year 2018 marked their first album of new material in a decade. Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members, Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals), and Josh Hoag (bass), have given the band a newfound energy and their own unique style, and Asleep at the Wheel veteran David Sanger (drums) rounds it all out.