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Thursday, July 21, 2016

THE PARTY LIST - July 21 - 27

Note: Please remember to check with the venue as to whether or not there is a cover charge or ticket required for the shows you plan to attend. Also, some venues have an age restriction. 

Not all events take place in Texas. With that in mind I will begin listing them not only by day but by TEXAS and ON THE ROAD. With that in mind…

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

Thursday – 21
W. C. Jameson – Dabbs Railroad Hotel – Llano
            /w Guests: Rick Dinsmore & Jos Callard
Jeff Posey – Del Norte Tacos – Godley
            Cowboy Americana Dinner Series
            /w Tommy Alverson
Aaron Watson – The Rustic – Dallas
Asleep at the Wheel – Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series

 Friday – 22
Thomas Michael Riley – Sea Drift
Cameron Nelson – Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
Breelan Angel – The House Pasture – Concan
            /w JB & the Moonshine Band
Bri Bagwell – The Lumberyard – Roscoe

Saturday – 23
Oak Ridge Boys – Dosey Doe’s Big Barn – The Woodlands
            TWO SHOWS!
Jamie Richards – Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe
            CD Release Party!
Cameran Nelson – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels

Sunday – 24
Monday – 25
W. C. Jameson – Poodie s- Spicewood
            /w Guest TBA

Tuesday – 26
No Shows Found

Wednesday – 27
No Shows Found


Thursday – 21
Buddy Case – Fox & Fork – Clarksville AR

Friday – 22
Kelly McGuire – House Concert – McCall ID
Dolly Parton – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center – Sioux Falls SD
T. G. Sheppard – Music Ranch Montana – Livingston MT
            /w Kelly Land and Jeannie Seely
Mark Chapman Band – Branson Landing – Branson MO
Darius Rucker – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel NJ
Bellamy Brothers – Country Thunder USA – Twin Lakes WI
Bill Anderson – Palace Theatre – Crossville TN
Collin Raye – Marshall Co Fair – Warren MN

Saturday – 23
Kelly McGuire – Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlor – Boise ID
TVPHC Summer Concert Series
Dolly Parton – Deadwood Mountain – Deadwood SD
Mark Chapman Band – Jammin’ at Jolly Mill Park – Pierce City MO
Eli Young Band – Lake Ozarks Amphitheatre – Camdenton MO
Darius Rucker – XFINITY Theatre – Hartford CT
Billy Dean – Peetneet Amphitheatre – Payson UT
Bellamy Brothers – St. Croix Casino – Danbury – Danbury WI
Bri Bagwell – Woodward Elks Rodeo – Woodward OK
Bill Anderson – Earle Theatre – Mount Airy NC
Chris Allen – The Harp – Cleveland OH

Sunday – 24
Darius Rucker – Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre – Wantaugh NY
Asleep at the Wheel – Cache Creek Casino  Club 88 – Brooks CA
Chris Allen – Stone Mad – Cleveland OH
Collin Raye – Comstock is Back Festival – Comstock Nebraska
Mike Blakely – House Concert – Englewood CO –

Monday – 25
NO Shows Found

Tuesday – 26
Dolly Parton – UCCU Center – Orem UT
Whiskey Myers – Walmart Amphitheater – Rogers AR
Asleep at the Wheel – Music on the Half Shell – Roseburg OR
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Mike Blakely – YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park CO – 7:30
            Hempl Auditorium

Wednesday – 27
Dolly Parton – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Denver CO
Chris Allen – The Harp – Cleveland OH

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

REVIEW WEDNESDAY - Asleep at the Wheel

One of the first events I attended in West Plains (home of Porter Wagner and Jan Howard) was the Old-Time Music and Ozark Heritage Festival. The event staff always bring in the best entertainment.. music that takes you back in time for a couple of days. 

This year, we were blessed with Texas Swing aficionados, Asleep at the Wheel. These guys have been on my SEE list for years. Having the opportunity to sit down with band leader, Ray Benson, was extra sugar on the funnel cake. 

Members: Ray Benson - Lead Guitar and Vocals || Dave Sanger - Drums || Dave Miller - Bass and Vocals || Eddie Rivers - Steel and Sax || Katie Shore - Fiddle and Vocals || Connor Forsyth - Piano and Vocals II Jay Reynolds - Sax and Clarinet || Dennis Ludiker - Fiddle and Mandolin

I've heard that if you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band. Asleep at the Wheel has that covered.. with Katie Shore and Dennis Ludiker:

Dennis won 2nd Place in the Texas State Fiddle Competition in Halletsville TX this year. After watching this guy, I have to wonder how he could have been beat. There's always next year!

Every classic country band worth its salt (in my opinion) must have a steel. That's where Eddie
Rivers comes in. He also blows a pretty mean Sax:

Rounding out the band are: (sorry, no decent pics)
Dave Sanger (drummers really need to be out front more), Dave Miller, Connor Forsyth and Jay Reynolds.

The concert was everything I expected from Asleep at the Wheel. They deliver in spades an amazing show that kept the crowd entertained from the first note as Ray Benson stepped on stage, to the last note of the encore.  While this was a free show, thanks to the hard-working festival folks, I would pay to see these guys again... repeatedly.  There are multiple reasons Asleep At The Wheel has been entertaining folks for over forty years but performance has to be the top. There is magic on that stage.

A big thanks to PJ for his assistance getting the interview and the little extras that made this a very memorable evening. 

Since West Plains is just a short drive off the path of The Mother Road, I thought I'd leave you with a sample of the concert.  Y'all get the opportunity to hear Asleep at the Wheel in person, go! You will not be disappointed.

You can catch up with Asleep at the wheel on various social media sights:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Concert Review - Asleep at the Wheel

I meant to post this review (and I use that term very loosely) but after doing errands in the heat, I cam back just wiped out and not feeling well so I went to bed.

Today, Blogger has decided I can not upload pictures.  I will continue to try and hopefully have this post for you tomorrow on Wednesday Review.

Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

THE PARTY LIST - July 14-20

Note: Please remember to check with the venue as to whether or not there is a cover charge or ticket required for the shows you plan to attend. Also, some venues have an age restriction. I have provided links to the venues when possible, making it easy for you to check it out.
Not all events take place in Texas. With that in mind I will begin listing them not only by day but by TEXAS and ON THE ROAD. With that in mind…

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

Thursday – 14
Cameran Nelson –Lone Star Tequilla Bar – Wichita Falls
Libby Koch – Alvin Community College – Alvin
            Alvin Live Summer Concert Series
Mike Blakely – Dabbs Railroad Hotel – Llano – 6:30 p.m.

Friday – 15
Dave Thomas – Hard Eight BBQ – The Colony – 7:30 p.m.
Jim Lauderdale – Strange Brew – Austin
Joe Ely – Strange Brew – Austin
Breelan Angel – Firehouse Saloon – Houston
            /w Ray Scott
Cameran Nelson – The Office Sports Bar - Lubbock

Saturday – 16
Billy Joe Shaver – Dosey Doe’s Café – Conroe –
Joe Ely – Strange Brew – Austin
Cody Joe Hodges – Outlaw Country – Palestine

Sunday – 17
Breelan Angel – Two Step Restaurant & Cantina – San Antonio
Mike Blakely – Feed Store Amphitheater – Westcliffe CO – 2 p.m.
            Summer in the Park Series

Monday – 18

Tuesday – 19
Kevin Costner & Modern West – Wagner Noel Performing Arts – Midland
Cody Joe Hodges – San Jac Saloon – Austin

Wednesday – 20
Libby Koch – Good Day Austin – 9:30 a.m.
Libby Koch – JP Hops House – Houston
Woody Eastman – Burger Burger – Fredricksburg
            /w Stephen K. Morris

Thursday – 14
Asleep at the Wheel – City Winery – Atlanta GA
Buddy Case – Fox & Fork – Clarksville AR

Friday – 15
Ragged Union – Northwest String Summit - Hornings Hideout OR 
Bo Phillips Band – Buffalo Run Casino – Miami OK
Tanya Tucker – Welk Resort Center – Branson MO
Darius Rucker – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View CA
Asleep at the Wheel – Georgia Mountain Fair – Hiawassee GA
Aaron Tippin – Kewaunee County Fair – Luxemburg WI
Bellamy Brothers – Blue Gate Theatre – Shipshewana IN
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Chris Allen – The Nauti Mermaid – Cleveland OH
Lorrie Morgan – Shawnee Bluff Vineyard – Eldon MO
Lee Greenwood – Meyer Theatre – Green Bay WI
Marc Broussard – Couret Farms – Lafayette LA

Saturday – 16
Tanya Tucker – Wild Rose Casino – Emmetsburg IA
Darius Rucker – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – Irvine CA
Aaron Tippin – Moultrie Douglas Co. Fair – Arthur IL
Bellamy Brothers – Blue Gate Theatre – Shipshewana IN
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Chris Allen – The Music Box – Cleveland OH
Collin Raye – Wild Rose Casino Resorts – Emmetsburg OH
Lee Greenwood – Sugar Creek Casino/ Event Center – Hinton OK
Bo Phillips – Buffalo Run – Miami OK

Sunday – 17
Asleep at the Wheel – Savannah Center – The Villages FL
            TWO SHOWS! 5 & 8 p.m.
 Aaron Tippin – The Woods at Fontanel – Whites Creek TN
Collin Raye – The Woods at Fontanel – Whites Creek TN

Monday – 18
No Shows Found

Tuesday – 19
Dolly Parton – US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids IA
Bellamy Brothers – Anderson Music Hall – Hiawassee GA
            TWO SHOWS!

Wednesday – 20
Dolly Parton – Grand Casino Hinckley – Hinckley MN
Ragged Union – Vail Summer Bluegrass – Vail CO
            /w Head for the Hills

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

REVIEW WEDNESDAY - Comin' Right At Ya - Ray Benson

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to hang out with Ray Benson, co-founder and front man for Asleep at the Wheel, you have only to pick up a copy of COMIN' RIGHT AT YA. Ray Benson tells all in this 167-page autobiography (co-written with David Menconi)

From growing up in Philadelphia to the bright lights of Austin, Ray Benson can say he's been everywhere. Not only has he been everywhere but he has at least networked with almost every industry professional you can name, including Van Morrison. Bet ya didn't see that comin'. Not only has he worked with many of your favorites, but they have become life-long friends.

Ray Benson's easy conversational style gives the sense of sitting next to him while he regales you with stories of his escapades over the years, imparting a bit of the wisdom he has acquired along the way. One such bit of wisdom is the correlation between math and music. I had heard of the parallel before from my friend, Maestro Steven Byess. (Steven did a PBS special for kids on the principle) So yeah, if you want to be an artist but don't think you have to pay attention in Math class, you might want to rethink that one. 

I am all about networking. You meet interesting people, have opportunities you might not otherwise experience and have fun. Ray Benson says he has perfected hanging out as an art form.. and look where the practice has gotten him. 

When I met him last month, Ray told me that between the DVD and this book, I would earn a PhD in Asleep at the Wheel. I guess I need to find a place on my wall for that diploma. 

So grab your vice of choice and pull up a chair for a journey like you've never been on with one of the coolest cats you will ever meet.

You can order your copy through the Asleep At the Wheel website or Amazon
While you wait for your book to arrive, here's a little something for your viewing pleasure:

Catch up with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel through various Social Media

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel

STILL THE KING by Asleep at the Wheel opens up with the Texas Playboys theme. From there, the remaining twenty-two tracks on this CD are a step back in time... or across the street.

For STILL THE KING, Ray Benson brought together some of the best talent of today to experience some of the greatest music to ever come out of the great state of Texas... the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

The twenty-three tracks feature a superb line-up of talented folks. Among them, former Texas Playboy Leon Rausch. Merle Haggard lent his voice to Keeper of My Heart, Willie Nelson on Navajo Trail, Brain Cloudy Blues with Jamey Johnson, Trouble In Mind featuring Lyle Lovett and the classic Tiger Rag with Old Crow Medicine Show.

Speaking of Old Crow Medicine Show, here's a bonus treat for you:

Music just does not get any better than this. I'm giving STILL THE KING:

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Monday, July 11, 2016

OUT OF THE CHUTE - Ray Benson - Asleep at the Wheel

Few people in the Texas music circuit bring out the 'fan' in me. I've always looked at entertainers as people with a job, just like the rest of us. They are blessed with a talent that allows them to make a living doing something they love. But I have to be honest, I have never been more nervous about an interview in the 25+ years than when I had the opportunity to sit down with Ray Benson - legendary leader for Asleep at the Wheel.

Thank you, Ray Benson, for your time.
Also a shout out to Ferrin and JP for helping to coordinate this opportunity.

Let's open the Chute!

You are an enigma, Ray Benson. Philadelphia boy becomes a Texas icon by way of California with a pit stop in West Virginia. Have you always been in control or were there times when you felt caught in a snowball on a downhill?

I’ve never felt in control. (laughs) not really. Every night’s a different place, different things. The band has had 190 people in the band, so every day is like ‘what’s going to happen today?’ Buses break down, you have hit records, you have duds, you have nothing, you have something. So I just enjoy it.

When you went back to West Virginia, for the filming of 'Then And Now', you said the cabin was smaller. So what's your fondest memory of the cabin?

My fondest memory is the joy. We lived like it was 1890 with a few amenities. We had horses, I rode bareback all over. We had this 1500 acres and this abandoned, well, it wasn’t abandoned, but okay, yeah it was (we both laugh). We didn’t have running water but you walk down the holler and there was a water fall. Took showers in the waterfall. There was berries and roots, sassafras, there were berries to make tea out of. There was deer… it was really cool. And we were learning how to be a band. 

We had a generator that we finally got running and we were able to plug in our instruments.  Otherwise we were playing acoustic. But yeah, it was great, wonderful. And we lived in this log cabin just like it was 1800s. this was a stage stop on the road. Just imagine. There was one big room and a kitchen. And the big room had a fireplace and a loft. That’s how people lived.

When you first played in Texas, did you have the sense of 'coming home'?
Absolutely. We opened for Commander Cody at the Armadillo. Then we met Willie playing another joint. We rented a house as soon as we could.

(There's something about Texas...)
Well, it’s it’s own little thing and we played Texas music so they were hungry for it. And there were no young bands doing what we did so the older folks were like ‘wow’. It was that whole generation gap so a lot of the older folks could come see us with their kids. 

With the turnover of band members through the years, what do you think is the secret to keeping the continuity of what is 'Asleep at the Wheel'?
Everybody who joins the band learns what came before, then ads their own personality and take on it. And that’s how it works. There’s nothing written. You listen to the records and the tapes of the previous person(s). Now they can go on YouTube back to 1980.  Reinterpret it and do it your own way and it comes out as it does… seems to work. 

Willie Nelson

Comfort Food?
Poached Eggs

Way to Relax?
I'm always relaxed (smiles)

You can catch up with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel on the road. Check their Tour Schedule for a stop near you. 

And by following their Social Media locations: