Asleep At The Wheel is an American western swing band, founded in 1969 by Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans.Current line-up:Ray Benson - lead, vocalsJason Roberts - fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocalsEddie Rivers - steel guitar, saxophoneDavid Miller - bass, vocalsDavid Sanger - drumsElizabeth McQueen - guitar, vocalsFloyd Domino - pianoFormer members: Chris O'Connell - guitar, vocalsLeRoy Preston - guitar, drums, vocalsLucky Oceans - guitar, steel guitarLarry Franklin - guitar, fiddle, vocals, harmony vocalsJohn Ely - Hawaiian guitarHaydn Vitera - guitar, fiddle, vocals, harmony vocalsRolf Seiker - banjoJim Murphy - dobro, steel guitar, saxophoneJohnny Nicholas - guitar, piano, harmony vocalsWally Murphy - steel guitarJohn Ely - steel guitarCindy Cashdollar - steel guitarBobby Black - steel guitarGene Dobkin - bass, vocalsTony Garnier - bassTom Anastasio - bass David Dawson - bass John Mitchell - bass Glen Fukunaga - bass Andy Stein - fiddle Johnny Gimble - fiddleBuddy Spicher - fiddleRichard Casanova - fiddleLink Davis Jr. - fiddle, saxophone, accordion, vocalsDanny Levin - fiddle, mandolinBill Mabry - fiddle Ricky Turpin - fiddle, mandolinChris Booher - fiddle, piano, vocalsScott Hennige - drumsChris York - drumsRichard Hormachea - drumsTommy Beavers - drumsFaulkner Evans - pianoTim Alexander - piano, accordion, vocals, harmony vocalsJohn Michael Whitby - piano, harmony vocalsPatrick (Taco) Ryan - saxophone, clarinetMichael Francis - saxophone, clarinetMaryann Price - vocalsJann Browne - vocals
Asleep at the Wheel has seen miles and miles of Texas. They got their kicks on Route 66. And, in 2010, the band clicked another milestone on the odometer - their 40th anniversary. Now in their 41st year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation on tour and takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime with their play, "A Ride with Bob." "It's been an amazing ride. From Paw Paw, West Virginia to San Francisco to Austin, we've seen it all," says Wheel front man Ray Benson.
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Asleep at the Wheel is a country/Western swing band formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, but based in Austin, Texas. Altogether, they have won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception. In their career, they have released more than twenty studio albums, and have charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-charting single, "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read", peaked at #10 in 1975.