Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

by Asleep at the Wheel
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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:
06/29/2010
Label:
T-Bird
UPC:
5013929883369
catalogNumber:
33

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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
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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