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February 20, 2019

Asleep at the Wheel

Friday, Feb. 22 @ The Foundry

Photo Credit: Nathan Edge

For nearly 50 years, Asleep at the Wheel has single-handedly kept the country-jazz hybrid that is Texas swing alive for global audiences. The award-winning outfit typically performs with enough members to fill the same dancehall stages as its patron saint, Bob Wills. For its current run, band leader and co-founder Ray Benson trimmed the lineup to a four-piece string band. Logistics forced the group to perform with fewer members while promoting its 2018 album, New Routes, and those dates inspired a special touring lineup with two fiddles, upright bass and acoustic guitar accompaniment.  It’s a rare chance to witness a stripped-down, intimate version of one of alt-country’s longest-running and most important live shows.

Calendar

  • Friday, February 22

    The Foundry

    8:30 p.m. $22.50 (adv.), $28 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    Asleep at the Wheel, McKay & Leigh

    ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL Acclaimed Western swing group playing a special string band set. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.

    MCKAY & LEIGH Lyrically driven retro-country duo.

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