Asleep at the Wheel

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Forming in 1969, Asleep at the Wheel was one of the first bands along with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen of the long-haired hippie generation to look back to American roots music traditions like Western swing and boogie-woogie, but the world wasn't quite ready when they released their 1973 debut on United Artists. The following year, they switched over to Epic for their self-titled sophomore release, and began to really make a name for themselves. Their twanged-up version of the old Louis Jordan R&B tune "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" became a minor country hit, giving the Wheel their first-ever chart placement, and making country fans start to stand up and take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
Forming in 1969, Asleep at the Wheel was one of the first bands along with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen of the long-haired hippie generation to look back to American roots music traditions like Western swing and boogie-woogie, but the world wasn't quite ready when they released their 1973 debut on United Artists. The following year, they switched over to Epic for their self-titled sophomore release, and began to really make a name for themselves. Their twanged-up version of the old Louis Jordan R&B tune "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" became a minor country hit, giving the Wheel their first-ever chart placement, and making country fans start to stand up and take notice of these scruffy but sincere traditionalists. Over the years, the band has become best known for its Western swing revivalism, and that time-honored blend of country and jazz is undoubtedly prominent here, from a Nashville-ized take on Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside" to Cindy Walker's "Miss Molly" and Hank Penny's "Blood-Shot Eyes," but that's not the end of the story. The multitude of styles on the Wheel's second album is indicative of the path they would follow throughout their long career; besides Western swing there are straight-up ballads in the classic country style like "Our Names Aren't Even Mentioned Together Anymore" and "Last Letter," as well as honky tonk tunes like "Dead Man" and a countrified version of Fats Domino's "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday." After this album, Epic wound up dropping the band, doubting their commercial potential, but time has obviously shown how far off the mark the label was in that assessment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: T-Bird
  • EAN: 5013929883369
  • Catalog Number: 33
  • Sales rank: 57,440

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Lucky Oceans Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Ray Benson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Larry Black Rhythm Guitar
Richard Casanova Fiddle, Group Member
Floyd Domino Piano, Group Member
Tony Garnier Bass, Upright Bass, Group Member
Teddy Irwin Rhythm Guitar
Billy Joor Trumpet
Bucky Meadows Rhythm Guitar
Chris O'Connell Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Leroy Preston Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Lisa Silver Fiddle
Andy Stein Fiddle, Saxophone
Ray Enson Vocals
Phyllis Cortese Rendering
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Lou Bradley Engineer
Tony Garnier Tic Tac
Roger Lomas Mastering
Norro Wilson Producer
C. Walker Composer
Malcolm Dome Liner Notes
Bill Barnes Type Design
R. Griffin Composer
V. Horton Composer
R. Benson Composer
R. Hayes Composer
K. Farrell Composer
L. Preston Composer
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