Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel is a country band that was formed in West Virginia in 1969. The band has seen many changes in its line-up but has always been led by frontman Ray Benson. They have released over 20 albums, and have won several awards including nine Grammy Awards.
Asleep at the Wheel History
Asleep at the Wheel was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1969 by Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans. The band’s first gig was opening for Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen at the New River Ranch in West Virginia. The band’s name comes from an old saying which means “to not be alert or paying attention.”
The band relocated to Austin, Texas in 1974 and released their debut album, Comin’ Right At Ya, that same year. The album featured the single “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read”, which received heavy airplay on country radio stations. The song helped the band gain a large following in Texas.
In 1975, Asleep at the Wheel won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their cover of Bob Wills’ “Maiden’s Prayer”. The band also released their second album, Wheelin’ and Dealin’, that same year.
Asleep at the Wheel continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Some of their most popular albums include Reckless (1977), Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (1979), and Western Standard Time (1983).
The band’s popularity began to decline in the early 1990s, but they made a comeback in 1996 with the release of their tribute album to Merle Haggard, entitled Tribute to the Bakersfield Sound. Since then, Asleep at the Wheel has continued to tour and release new albums, such as 2011’s It’s a Good Day.
Asleep at the Wheel is one of the most successful and longest-running country music bands in history. Formed in 1969, the band has released over twenty studio albums and won nine Grammy Awards. They are best known for their 1973 hit “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” and their cover of Bob Wills’ “Maiden’s Prayer”.
Asleep at the Wheel is a country music institution. With over forty years of experience, the band has released some of the genre’s most iconic tracks, such as “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” and their cover of Bob Wills’ “Maiden’s Prayer”. Throughout its career, the band has won nine Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.
Asleep at the Wheel has released over twenty studio albums, including:
- 1973: Comin’ Right At Ya
- 1974: Texas Gold
- 1975: Wheels of Fortune
- 1977: Asleep at the Wheel
- 1979: Served Live
- 1980: Framed
- 1981: ten dollars worth of gasoline
- 1982: Tired Bones
The band’s discography is vast and varied, with something for everyone. From their debut album Comin’ Right At Ya to their most recent release, Tired Bones, Asleep at the Wheel has always stayed true to their country roots. No matter what your taste in music is, you’re sure to find an album by Asleep at the Wheel that you’ll enjoy.
Awards & Nominations
Asleep at the Wheel has won nine Grammy Awards, including two for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They’ve also been nominated for numerous other awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.
In addition to their musical achievements, Asleep at the Wheel has also been inducted into both the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame and the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.