Asleep at the Wheel and Ray Benson have been the chief practitioners, conspirators, and caretakers of Western Swing Carrying the torch lit by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys well into the 21st century, influencing their contemporaries as well as the next generation of artists inspired by the great bandleader. Their bearing of the western swing torch has yielded three Bob Wills tribute albums: “A Tribute to the Music of Bob Will”, “Ride with Bob” and “Still the King”. These records have won multiple Grammy awards and have featured a wide range of musical guests including such veterans as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, the Manhattan Transfer, Merle Haggard, Huey Lewis and Garth Brooks as well as young roots artists like the Avett Brothers, Old Crow and the Medicine show and Amos Lee.
Gates open at 6:00 pm
Midnight Backhand opens at 7:15 pm
Asleep at the Wheel takes the stage at 8:00pm