Rewards | Fire Keeper's Club
Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Asleep at the Wheel
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now 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 is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks its third full-length Bob Wills tribute album.
Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound into 2017. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
Considered Austin, Texas’ official musical spokesman, Dale Watson has built a worldwide legion of fans one gig at a time, from Texas honky-tonks to Tokyo performance halls and all points in between.
Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hell raiser” by The Austin Chronicle, Watson is a veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer who is on the road more than 300 days a year.
An outspoken proponent of classic honky-tonk for over two decades, Watson has christened his brand of American roots music “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from the current crop of Nashville-based pop country. In 2014, he founded the Ameripolitan Awards held in Austin each February to recognize the best in Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.
If you've never seen Watson live, get set for an enjoyable evening of live honky tonk and classic country music, framed by Watson’s hilarious between-song banter.