The storied country band Asleep at the Wheel comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Thursday
if you go
What: Asleep at the Wheel
When: Thursday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
More information: Visit vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497
Few country and Western bands have endured like Asleep at the Wheel. For nearly 50 years, the band has continued to churn out classic tunes and perform for legions of fans nationwide. Asleep at the Wheel will play at the Vilar Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Since their formation in 1970 in Paw Paw, West Virginia, Asleep at the Wheel has played music that gets cowboy boots tapping and audiences dancing. The 10-time Grammy-winners have released 20 studio albums and had more than 20 singles reach the Billboard country charts. Known for hits such as “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” from 1975, the band was also Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Western Band” and the Academy of Country Music’s Touring Band of the Year in 1977. The Americana Music Association also honored Asleep at the Wheel with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2015, the band released “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.” The album featured an all-star lineup of guest musicians, including Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Brad Paisley, Shooter Jennings and more. Last year, the band followed up with “New Routes,” the band’s first album of mostly originals in more than a decade. While original member Ray Benson continues to lead the band, new additions to the group have fed new life into its traditional take on Western swing.
“Every so often, somebody comes and says, ‘Don’t stop this. This is important, this kind of music,’” Benson said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “I understand how important that is.”