LIVE AT THE STIEFEL WITH

Asleep at the Wheel

"The Past, Present, and Future of Country and Western Music" with Brennan Leigh and Joshua Hedley
Date:

Friday, April 7, 2023

TBD

Doors open 1.5 hours before the show
Ticket purchased are non-refundable
Doors at 7:00 PM
Show Time:

TBD

8:00 PM

Reserved Seating. Tickets start at:

$39

Fifty years ago, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson wrote in his journal that he wanted to form a band to bring the roots of American pop music into the present. It seemed like an ambitious goal for a 19-year-old, yet Benson has done exactly that – traversing the globe as an ambassador of Western swing music and introducing its irresistible sound to generation after generation. Although the lineup has changed countless times since its inception, Benson’s mission has never wavered.

That merging of past and present is effortlessly woven throughout two of the band’s new releases. First, their Better Times EP compiles three new tracks: “All I’m Asking,” a rousing plea for a second chance; the hopeful title track, about getting back to life as it once was (namely, before the pandemic); and “Columbus Stockade Blues,” a traditional tune arranged in the spirit of Willie Nelson and Shirley Collie’s 1960s version. Then, in the fall, a career retrospective recorded with the new band -- and a few special guests -- has carried Asleep at the Wheel back onto the road, where they’ve remained a staple for five decades.

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Brennen Leigh

Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter ,guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, across the United States and South America. As renowned for her musicianship as for her writing, it’s easy to see how Leigh caught the ear of greats like Guy Clark, who endorsed her flatpicking: “Brennen plays guitar like a mother f*****.” Her new album Obsessed with the West is a smart, sexy ode to Western swing featuring Asleep at the Wheel as backing band. On twelve all original songs, Leigh’s supple winking voice and multi-instrument fluency, her interplay with Ray Benson, and the undeniable chops of the Wheel serve up a treat on Leigh’s 7th album. “The writing, musicality, arrangements, production, but mostly how much fun it is! If you don’t wanna start two stepping to this one, you’re probably dead.”-Colter Wall

Joshua Hedley

Joshua Hedley is “a singing professor of country & western,” he declares on his raucous and witty new album, Neon Blue. It might sound like a punchline, but it’s not. An ace fiddle player, a sharp guitarist, and a singer with a granite twang, he’s devoted his entire life to the study of this genre. Ask him about it and he’ll explain: “When all my friends went off to college, I went to Nashville. I was 19 years old playing honkytonks and getting an education.” His 2018 debut, Mr. Jukebox, showcased his deep knowledge of country’s history, in particular the beery ballads of the 1950s and ‘60s. His mentors were George Jones, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell, but his most remarkable accomplishment was putting his own spin on their style.