Asleep at the Wheel (from the album New Routes available on Bismeaux Records)
Versatility is the bridge that connects new musician members with past players in Asleep at the Wheel as the band approaches the five-decade mark in the forty-eight- year history. New Routes dials in tunes from Moon Mullican (”Seven Nights to Rock”), Johnny Cash (“Big River”), Paolo Nutini (“Pencil Full of Lead”), and two tracks from band fiddler, Katie Shore (“Weary Rambler”, “I Am Blue”). The album showcases the latest additions to Asleep at the Wheel as Avett Brothers Seth and Scott Avett for a Seth tune written to tribute another Austin guitar man with “Willie Got There First”.
New Routes puts frontman Ray Benson in the driver seat for the Austin, Texas collective, a spot he has held since Asleep at the Wheel’s beginning days in Paw Paw, West Virginia. Juggling genres, New Routes offers Country, Jazz, Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Western Swing and Folk as it opens its doors with a bounce, first cut claiming “Jack I’m Mellow” as Asleep at the Wheel share a Cajun groove along with the alcohol in “Pass the Bottle Around” and toss one back in the memory of a local watering hole with Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues”.
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