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Asleep At The Wheel
Music Story  August 12, 1999
"...Press kits are evil. There are some things even journalists don't need to know, like that Dreamworks is planning "a major marketing tie-in with Chevy Truck[s] throughout the Southwest" or that "Americana radio will be a target focus format" for Asleep at the Wheel's second Bob Wills tribute album..."

Asleep at the Wheel Over Council's New Restrictions
Postmarks  June 13, 2006
"...Dear Editor, The City Council last night passed on first and second reading an ordinance that ignores the input of the Planning Commission and enshrines into law rules that effectively ban young families like that of mine and especially my neighbor from expanding our homes (to non-McMansion-like proportions, which are already common on our block and, not coincidentally, among members of the task force). The last time these folks had their way, they obstructed multifamily development in the areas near UT for a decade or two, resulting in a plague of super duplexes and McDorms as students (who still want to live close to campus, of course) found other options. This time around, the unintended consequences are similarly easy to predict: less affordable housing (as duplexes and garage apartments are now less feasible than they were before) and fewer families in the urban core (unless you think somebody wanting to have more than 1,200 square feet for a family of four, or more than 1,010 square feet for a family of five, is being unreasonably suburban). I alerted the Chronicle beforehand, and all I saw in this week's issue was a small blurb about the upcoming meetings [“Beside the Point,” News, June 9], with no analysis of the rules or their possible effects (other than the spin put out by the task force themselves). I'm very disappointed in you folks for being asleep at the wheel here...."

Worst Tour Stories Ever: Asleep at the Wheel
Music Story  July 7, 2016, by Ray Benson
"...Asking Asleep at the Wheel what's our worst tour disaster would fill a miniseries on HBO!..."

Willie & the Wheel
Four questions with Ray Benson
DAILY Music  February 5, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...As detailed this week in Off the Record, the new Western swing collaboration between Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, fittingly titled Willie & the Wheel, has been more than 30 years in the making. In preparation for the album’s release this week, and the Wheel’s appearance at Antone's on Saturday (with “a very special guest” in tow), OTR spoke briefly with Ray Benson...."

Playback: White Hats at the White Horse
The White Horse expands its empire – into nonprofits and a record label
Music Column  May 29, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Denny chose life and, now two years clean, he's gotten back to his old goals, which include making his sophomore album. If the Roses Don't Kill Us, produced locally by Asleep at the Wheel drummer Dave Sanger and recorded with an A-List Austin band, outlines Denny's history and hope in personal folk, soul, and country tunes...."

On the Baby Bus
Catching up to Asleep at the Wheel's Elizabeth McQueen
DAILY Music  September 9, 2009, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Elizabeth McQueen is a trooper. After two weeks on the road and dearly in need of sleep, the Asleep at the Wheel vocalist spent some time on the phone with me last night just catching up...."

The Cult of Ray
Ray Benson steps out from behind the Wheel.
Music Story  July 18, 2003, by Joe Nick Patoski
"...He is Asleep at the Wheel, the merry (revolving) band of musicians from both coasts who moved to Austin 30 years ago on the heels of Willie Nelson and Doug Sahm, just in time for the birth of the modern Austin music scene. Smitten with an archaic, hip regional sound called Western swing, they had the good fortune of arriving before the crowds did...."

The Wedding Gift
The Wedding Gift is the true story of Diana Longden (Walters) who, suddenly and without warning, contracts an unclassifiable, mysterious disease. Throughout the course of the illness, her husband Deric...
Film Review  August 12, 1994, by Brian Baker
"...Throughout the course of the illness, her husband Deric (Broadbent) devotes the majority of his time to her. He ignores his business, which is losing 200 pounds per week, and becomes so worn out that he often falls asleep behind the wheel of his car..."

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
A wave of benefits rides through town
DAILY Music  May 19, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...“My problem is I can’t find enough places to play,” she’d complained to Ray earlier. Ray bade her to join him at the benefit, just for fun, much like she’s been at Asleep at the Wheel's gigs..."

Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Meat Loaf loads into the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
DAILY Music  March 7, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...In fact, Roadie’s Austin quotient remains absolutely off the charts, very much like Linklater’s Slacker and Dazed and Confused, in which you not only recognize your hometown, but fall in love with it all over again. Standing Waves, Roy Orbison, Asleep at the Wheel, and Alvin Crow all appear, and the opening credits as soundtracked by Joe Ely’s “Hopes Up High” gets you singing from the get-go..."

The Power to Change
A quick sound check with the Austin mayoral candidates
DAILY Music  April 30, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Leffingwell: Anything by Johnny Cash or Asleep at the Wheel, just add beer and a pool table...."

For Whom the Road Tolls
The Death of Touring
Music Story  December 5, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...photograph by Todd V. Wolfson "The road has always been tough," says Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, "and it looks like it's getting a lot tougher..."

Never Mind the Bollocks
Ray Benson decides to cut a solo album
Music Story  March 15, 2002, by Michael Bertin
"..."When the Sex Pistols came on their tour, they asked us to open up for them at Randy's Rodeo," remembers Ray Benson, iconic mastermind behind Austin dancehall denizens Asleep at the Wheel. "I'd heard all the press and I said, 'No fucking way..."

Insurgence From the Heart
The 1997-98 Austin Music Awards
Music Story  March 13, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"...Asleep at the Wheel and the Derailers The continued insurgence of country music into radios and album collections across the U.S. has been a sporadic charge, mounted in small factions from the far corners of the Pacific Northwest clear across to the east coast and on down, of course, into Texas..."

Local Acts at ACL
Homegrown music at its finest
DAILY Chron Events  September 28, 2016, by Thomas Danh
"...Asleep at the Wheel [image-1]..."

The Man Who Would Be Swing
A new play gives Ray Benson the chance finally to chat with the King, Bob Wills
Arts Story  March 4, 2005, by Barry Pineo
"...Writer Anne Rapp is Texan through and through, born and raised on a farm in West Texas, and while Ray Benson is, as he says, “a Jewish kid from Philadelphia,” he looks and sounds like what many outside the state imagine a Texan to be: big, burly, bass-voiced, a presence much larger than life. For the uninitiated, Benson, along with his band Asleep at the Wheel, is the foremost modern purveyor of Western swing, that joyful, exuberant dance music so closely identified with the fiddle and the steel guitar..."

The Texas Whiskey Festival Is This Saturday
Inaugural event fills the Texas State History Museum with good spirits
DAILY Food  March 27, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And there are others – check the Texas Whiskey Festival website for the whole list, right? – and all of them will be set up around the Museum’s cathedraline interior, offering a deliciously diverse array of tastes and product samples and deep information and whiskey-lovin’ camaraderie … followed with a live concert by Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel...."

Playback: And the Award Goes To ...
The Grammys went bust, but their local equivalent – the 34th annual Austin Music Awards – just dropped its star-studded lineup
Music Column  February 18, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...No such luck, but he caught some spotlight in a mildly "thrilling" BB King tribute with new country outlaw Chris Stapleton and veteran redhead Bonnie Raitt. Off camera, local designers Sarah Dodds, Shauna Dodds, and Dick Reeves took home Best Recording Package trophies for Asleep at the Wheel's Bob Wills tribute..."

'The NFL Beat': ACL Edition
Art mirrors life mirrors NFL
DAILY Sports  October 13, 2012, by Alex Dunlap
"...Lions at Eagles ACL 2012 Band Comparison: Asleep at the Wheel Which the 1-3 Lions are. Asleep at the Wheel (the band) is as much about the personnel as it is the product, and apparently so are the Lions..."

As the Years Go Passing By
Inner Sanctum Records and the Armadillo – rock & roll, Austin-historical-style
Music Story  August 13, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...On Dec. 31, 1980, the Armadillo opened its doors for the last time for a blowout with Asleep at the Wheel headlining...."

Before the Lights Go Out
One last local look
DAILY Music  December 19, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...Rootsy-folkie-bluesy-country, Lee wraps them up prettily and presents them as a charming package. Standouts: “You Don’t Get Me High,” “Big Guitars.” Astrah Delta Waves (Flywheel)..."

Gina Chavez Video Release Fills the Stateside
Newly minted Musician of the Year has come a long way in a year
DAILY Music  April 13, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...On her way to another gig, Elizabeth McQueen kicked off the evening with a shortened set from her electro trio EMQ. The local firebrand introduced a sultry cut from Elizabeth McQueen Meet Brothers Lazaroff, “Mind of Men,” written during her tenure on the testosterone-filled Asleep at the Wheel tour bus...."

The Jitterbug Vipers: Shut Up and Play, Bitch!
Lounge jazzmasters celebrate ‘Phoebe’s Dream’
DAILY Music  June 4, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...She counts album single “Viper Moon,” the band’s first original composition, as one of her favorites because she wrote the tune with Richey. Another standout is “Stuff It,” which Sharp considers “naughty.” She wrote it with Asleep at the Wheel singer Elizabeth McQueen in less than two hours, giggling the whole time...."

Rumors Confirmed: Stevie Nicks at SXSW
Fleetwood Mac frontwoman stars in two SX Film docs and more
DAILY Music  March 1, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Sound City clusters in SX Film’s “Special Events,” which features more music tie-ins in Asleep at the Wheel Then and Now and Mabon “Teenie” Hodges – A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original. I’ll never forget a newly-sober Chan Marshall (Cat Power) gushing in my ear about working with the Hodges brothers in 2006..."

Kicked Outta Country, But Still the King
George Strait celebrates Erwin Center at 40
DAILY Music  June 4, 2018, by Doug Freeman
"...Equally notable from his last ATX appearance was the choice of Asleep at the Wheel to open, an infinitely more welcome set-up than Jason Aldean’s previous bro-country bow in the slot. Ray Benson’s homegrown octet prepped the headliner with classic western swing, peppered with a few surprises like an excellent cover of Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues,” slated to appear on an upcoming release later this year...."

Playback – AAN Convention: Worth the Ink?
Checking the pulse of print media and music journalism
Music Column  July 14, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Thursday debuted a collaboration between Ameripolitan troubadour Dale Watson and Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson at Stubb's. Pairing the two most garish Telecasters in town – the former's shellacked with silver coins and the latter's covered in a heifer's worth of leather cactus blossoms – the double-baritone duet offered a glimpse of material from their forthcoming "Dale & Ray" album..."

On the Bus Again
On the eve of turning 80, Willie Nelson's still calling the tune
Music Story  April 12, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"..."Nah," snorts Ray Benson when asked if he's joined the Family. "I had a night off [from Asleep at the Wheel], so I sat in..."

Texas Book Festival 2015: The Mighty 300
Authors for Fest 20 include Lethem, Lemony, Pitts, Diggs, Hart
DAILY Arts  September 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Moore's new history, Texas Rising: The Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846, but they'll be joined by journalist Gary Cartwright (The Best I Recall), former Chronicle staffer Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget), Bower Yousse and Thomas J. Cryan (Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football), Ray Benson and David Menconi (Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel), Ron J..."

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Reckless Kelly swings for the fences
DAILY Music  April 28, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel “One of the seasoned vets who knows the game inside and out. Ray is our go to guy, everyone looks up to him, and he is always willing to help the younger players find their groove..."

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
Music Column  December 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...The Armadillo's final show on New Year's Eve 1980 raged until 4am with Commander Cody and Asleep at the Wheel. Thirty-eight years later, the last night at Threadgill's ended promptly at 10pm..."

Texas State Makes the Leap to Big-Time Football
Bobcats enter FBS
DAILY Sports  August 30, 2012, by Joe O'Connell
"...For the two glorious years in the 1980s, the school that shall forever be known as Southwest Texas State University was bedlam. Not one, but two football national championships with grinning Coach Jim Wacker at the wheel of a crazy cruise ship of Division II entertainment: champs in '81, undefeated champs in '82..."

The 'N' Word
Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
Music Story  May 21, 2004, by Margaret Moser
"...The tag has been applied to Brave Combo and Asleep at the Wheel, both of which have an entertainment gimmick outweighed by their musical proficiency. High standards of musicianship in novelty bands has been evident for the better part of a century; in the 1920s, acts such as Mme..."

Experience the C.H.A.R.M.?
Marketing the "live music capital of the world"
Music Story  September 6, 1996, by Andy Langer
"...The Instrument Loan Program for example, through the use of television and radio ads that feature Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson and Jimmie Vaughan, promotes the local scene by making people think about music. "Our promotion of events hopefully winds up impacting on different levels," says Meyer..."

The Laziest Girl in Town
Asleep at the Wheel's feminine ideal is pregnant with possibility
Music Story  January 21, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...Common revelation that, oft-told and rarely with a twist, except maybe this one: McQueen was departing from her home in Columbia, Md., where, in 1970, a newly minted country band called Asleep at the Wheel coincidentally played its very first gig...."

King of the Swing Fiddle
Honoring country music's second most famous fiddle player, Johnny Gimble
Music Story  April 5, 2002, by Jim Caligiuri
"...According to Texas Folklife Resources, then, the time has come to pay tribute to the man they call the "King of Swing Fiddle." Austin's nonprofit preservationists of all things Lone Star and rootsy, TFR is honoring Gimble this Saturday with an all-star bash titled "Under the X in Texas: A Tribute to Johnny Gimble" at the Paramount Theatre. Hosted by Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, the evening's musical lineup includes just a few of the artists from Gimble's past, including Guy Clark, Tracy Nelson, Connie Smith, the Hot Club of Cowtown, and Floyd Tillman..."

Off the Record
Fun Fun Fun Fest by the numbers and Asleep at the Wheel's Top 40
Music Column  November 5, 2010, by Austin Powell
"..."Sometimes it feels like a 100 years," laughs Ray Benson, driving to the voting booth Tuesday morning, on the occasion of Asleep at the Wheel's 40th anniversary. After last year's Willie and the Wheel reboot and the recent Leon Rausch collaboration It's a Good Day, the local Western swing institution's rolling as hard as ever..."

Off the Record
Diving into Club 1808, the Real Heroes' Chinese democracy, and Ray Benson on Willie, Wexler, and the Wheel
Music Column  February 6, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...At the turn of the century, Atlantic Records mogul Jerry Wexler, whom Doug Sahm called "the funky Jewish king of black music," began dispersing his record collection to family and friends. A few crates' worth of Western swing records – mainly compilations of 78s preserved onto LPs in the 1970s – went to Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson..."

Texas in the Title
Music Story  November 28, 2003, by Greg Beets
"...Health problems forced Walser to retire from performing earlier this year. 7 "Miles and Miles of Texas," Asleep at the Wheel Songwriters: Tommy Camfield, Diane Johnston Year Released: 1976 Highest Billboard Chart Position: No..."

Playback: Meet the New Texas Music Czar
New Texas Music Office director, new Rock N Roll Rentals branch, and a new Foot Patrol fetish!
Music Column  February 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin City Limits inducts Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez, Asleep at the Wheel, and Townes Van Zandt into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony and concert in mid-June. The KLRU concert staple also announced Sturgill Simpson, the War on Drugs, and Asleep at the Wheel will all tape performances for season 41..."

Off the Record
Mining the vaults of Austin City Limits, navigating the SXSW grid, and hanging with Jenny Wolfe After School
Music Column  February 27, 2009, by Austin Powell
"..."We have to act quickly, as some of this stuff is starting to deteriorate," Lickona adds. The Red Headed Stranger made good on his promise Monday night, returning with Asleep at the Wheelthe first group to ever appear on the program – for the historic opening of ACL's 35th anniversary season..."

Off the Record
Max Dropout's garage-punk festival levels Beerland to Ground Zero; David Letterman hosts a Late Show spectacular at Antone's; What Made Milwaukee Famous grapples with success on second LP
Music Column  December 7, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...While in town for a Habitat for Humanity project, David Letterman booked his own Late Show at Antone's last Saturday night with bandleader Paul Shaffer alongside Asleep at the Wheel. Musical guests included Carolyn Wonderland, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, whose version of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood" was, in the words of host Susan Antone, "truly something else." "We've done the Letterman show a couple of times, and this past summer when we were up in Wyoming, Paul came in and sat in with us for a few hours," confides the Wheel's Ray Benson..."

The Insider: Hiroshi Asada
Brief Interviews With Important People
Music Story  March 15, 2002, by Andy Langer
"...SXSW 2002 Memories: "I love blues and roots music and on Wednesday, I heard Asleep at the Wheel at the Austin Music Awards and I saw Johnny Gimble, one of the best players of the Bob Wills band. And I saw Jimmie Vaughan..."

The Story Behind the Menu
Hill Top Cafe dishes up down-home fare with authentic Texas origins
Food Story  July 20, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The son of Greek immigrants, bluesman Johnny Nicholas pursued a music career from the East Coast to Chicago, Louisiana, and finally Austin, where he joined Asleep at the Wheel in the late Seventies (see "Rembetika,"). Brenda Schlaudt is a descendant of German immigrants who settled near Fredericksburg in the second half of the 19th century..."

To the Nines
Previewing the 2009 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards
Screens Story  March 6, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...While Richards' high heels are tough to fill, Thomas Haden Church's dry wit takes over in the emcee spot for the evening's festivities. Other special guests participating in the annual event include Friday Night Lights cast members Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Brad Leland and Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson...."

Playback: Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe at ACL Fest
First weekend of ACL Fest – that's a wrap. Number two starts now.
Music Column  October 11, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...The next morning, the Star Wars theme boomed as gray-hairs dashed through the gates to stake out a shady spot for their lawn chairs. Garage punks Fidlar broke in the Bud Light stage with a frantic set that blew the power, which made the distant sounds of Asleep at the Wheel's "Big Balls in Cowtown" hilariously omnipresent..."

The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
Timbuk 3's Barbara Kooyman looks to a brighter future with
Music Story  February 23, 2007, by Margaret Moser
"...The idea was to create a new source of funding for listener-sponsored radio. To do that, she created a record company called Sparrows Wheel..."

Finding the Angle
Music Story  September 4, 1998, by Christopher Hess
"...In his many trips along that road, mostly as drummer for Asleep at the Wheel, Sanger found the inspiration for the idea in the abundance of songs about the road and the lack of any existing product that assembled it. He saw a need, and he filled it..."

Off the Record
OTR goes country with Mike & the Moonpies and Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas
Music Column  October 21, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...1 hits, starting with the double-barrel of "Twang" and "Check Yes or No," but the thrust of the bill paid tribute to the communal spirit that followed in the wake of the wildfires. Indeed, the most memorable moments were shared: Christopher Cross backed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the G2 summit of Joe Satriani and principal organizer Eric Johnson dueling on "Going Down," special guest Shawn Colvin's stellar duet with Lyle Lovett on "Diamond in the Rough," and the Texas Tornados' roadhouse romp "(Hey Baby) Que Paso" with house band Asleep at the Wheel..."

The List Pt. 2
Music Column  December 21, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...To check out the auction, go to item=1496451912. Artists include: 50 Mission Crush, 81/2 Souvenirs, Albert & Gage, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Asylum Street Spankers, Austin Lounge Lizards, Beth Black, Beto y los Fairlanes, Billy Joe Shaver, Blue Construct, Bobby Earl Smith, Brent Blaha, Brian Rung, Brigitte London, Cornell Hurd Band, Cory Morrow, Dale Watson, Dangerous Toys, Davíd Garza, Debra Peters, Derailers, Don Walser, Doug Sahm, Earl Poole Ball, Eric Hisaw, Floramay Holiday, George DeVore, George Strait, Ginger & Sarah, Herb Steiner, Hollisters, Ian Moore, Jack Ingram, James Hyland, Jane Bond, Jeff Hughes, Jim Stringer, Jon Dee Graham, Karen Poston, Karen Tyler, Kelly Willis, Kevin Fowler, Kimmie Rhodes, LeeAnn Atherton, Libbi Bosworth, Lloyd Maines & Terri Hendrix, Lucky Strikes, Mady Kaye, Mandy Mercier, Marcia Ball, Marti Brom & Her Barnshakers, Matt Powell, Meg Hentges, Ojala, Pamela Hart, Pat Green, Paul Sanchez, Ponty Bone, Rainravens, Reckless Kelly, Redd Volkaert, Robert Earl Keen, Rod Moag, Roger Wallace, Roy Heinrich, Seth Walker, Shake Russell & Dana Cooper, Shiva's Headband, Slaid Cleaves, Stephen Bruton, Susanna Van Tassel, Texas Tornados, Tish Hinojosa, Todd Snider, Toni Price, Vallejo, Whiskey Dent, and Willie Nelson!..."

Off the Record
Mourning the loss of two Austin music giants, Stephen Bruton and Randall 'Poodie' Locke
Music Column  May 15, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...To call him a roadie would be a misnomer. For 34 years, he was the stage manager and ringleader for Willie Nelson & His Family Band, the conduit between the Red Headed Stranger, his fans, and his crew or, as Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel states, "the grease that kept Willie World going." He died at his home in Briarcliff last Wednesday, May 6, of an apparent heart attack..."

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