Tickets available online for Asleep at the Wheel concert
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Tickets are now available online through Outhouse Tickets for the Asleep at the Wheel concert set for 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Carthage Civic Center.
The Grammy Award-winning “Kings of Texas Swing” will perform in the first of a Performing Arts Series sponsored by the Fine & Performing Arts Department at Panola College. Proceeds from the concert will support scholarships and other Fine Arts activities.
Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone through the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, 300 W. Panola, 903-693-6634. The link to purchase general admission seats online is http://outhousetickets.com/Venue/Carthage_Civic_Center/. Reserved floor seats are $35, and general admission seats are $25.
Collaborating with Panola College on the show are Main Street, the City of Carthage, the Panola County Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Local musical group Chasing Stable will open the show. Rachael Sutton, Rachel Gee and Sydney Gee play a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, violin and percussion to produce a folk-music sound.
Headlining the show, Asleep at the Wheel has won nine Grammy Awards over the group’s 42-year history. The band continues to introduce American roots music and the western swing genre to a new generation on tour.
“We were too country for the rock folks and we were too long-haired for the country folks. But everybody got over it once the music started playing,” said Ray Benson, one of the band’s founders.
A quick scan of awards, such as “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976) and “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009), not to mention near dominance of the GRAMMY “Country Instrumental” category over the years, reflects the reputation of the band’s musicianship.
Ray Benson fell in love with western swing because of its unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also for its demanding musical chops. Western swing is what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat,” is a thrill to hear live, and thanks in large part to the Wheel’s 40 years of promotion, is a living and creative genre of music today.
Over their history, Asleep at The Wheel has released more than 25 studio and live albums, and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon. Just last year they earned a Grammy nomination in the newly minted Best Americana Album category for their critically acclaimed Willie & The Wheel, on Bismeaux Records. Most recently, another collaborative project paired the band with the legendary lead from Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Leon Rausch. The distinguished velvety vocals that voiced the King of western swing partnered with “post-modern kings of Texas Swing” on It’s A Good Day, which USA Today called, “swing from the heavens.” It was Leon who first suggested to Ray in the 1970’s that The Wheel record Get Your Kicks (on Route 66). The Wheel has now recorded the hit 4 times in 4 different decades, with this latest version featuring Leon.
Originally debuted in collaboration with the Austin Symphony, the Wheel has since gone on to present their pops program in select performances across the country, and even released a CD in 2006 of their performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout their four decades the Wheel has driven the genre to the edge, explored new territories, picked up new passengers along the way and crisscrossed the country to the delight of fans and critics alike. And, even though they’re doing “forty,” there’s no chance of slowing down now.