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Listen Now: Asleep At The Wheel On Mountain Stage

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Asleep At The Wheel On Mountain Stage

Asleep At The Wheel On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: Asleep At The Wheel On Mountain Stage

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SET LIST

  • "Route 66"
  • "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine"
  • "Your Mind Is on Vacation"
  • "Goodbye Liza Jane"
  • "Big Balls in Cowtown"

The Austin-based band Asleep at the Wheel originally formed in West Virginia. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Before there was Elvis Presley, Hank Williams or Willie Nelson, the undisputed King was Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Wills was the original maestro of Texas swing, and no band has done more to keep his legend alive than the Austin-based band Asleep at the Wheel. To celebrate what would have been Wills' 100th birthday, the band introduced an original musical, A Ride With Bob, to tell his story.

After more than 30 years of making music together, Asleep at the Wheel has become a musical institution of its own. The band has toured with Bob Dylan, George Strait and Emmylou Harris, while countless other musicians have appeared on the group's records. Singer, guitarist and frontman Ray Benson has been the group's leader since forming Asleep at the Wheel in 1970, in the small West Virginia town of Paw Paw. Here, the band returns to West Virginia for its seventh appearance on Mountain Stage since 1990.

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