Carnegie Hall presents Asleep at the Wheel in concert on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Asleep at the Wheel was formed in Paw Paw, WV, in 1970, making this another homecoming for front man Ray Benson.
Asleep at the Wheel has seen miles and miles of Texas, and they got their kicks on Route 66. Now in their 46th year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation. “It’s been an amazing ride. From Paw Paw to San Francisco to Austin, we’ve seen it all,” says Benson. “But, rest assured, there are still so many exciting projects in the works. The Wheel keeps rolling!”
Over their history, Asleep at The Wheel has earned ten Grammy awards and released more than 25 studio and live albums, and they show no sign of slowing down any time soon. The band’s most recent release, “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys,” garnered the 2016 Grammy award for Best Recording Package. The critically acclaimed album, named one of Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country Albums of 2015, is the latest in Asleep at the Wheel’s long-standing tradition of “keeping Western Swing alive for 45 years” (Wall Street Journal). Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait, and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other talents.
To purchase tickets to this show, call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org. Ticket prices for this performance range from $20-35 with discounts available for Carnegie Hall members, seniors, students, and military. The Mainstage Lounge host for this performance will be The French Goat.
Carnegie Hall’s 2016-17 arts programming is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.