Asleep At The Wheel Release Milestone Retrospective Half A Hundred Years

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Friday, October 1, 2021

After five decades plus a worldwide pandemic break, western swing torchbearers Asleep At The Wheel are celebrating their half-century-long career with a brand new record. Out today via Home Records and Thirty Tigers, Half A Hundred Years is a nineteen-track celebration of Asleep At The Wheel’s continuing contributions to the American music landscape, filled out by a number of world-class friends of the band; a guest-list testament to Asleep at the Wheel’s reputation as a cornerstone of American music for the last 50 years. Greats like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, and Lyle Lovett appear throughout Half A Hundred Years on a host of classic and destined-to-be-classic Western Swing and Country tunes. Additionally, three original members of Asleep at the Wheel—Chris O’Connell, Leroy Preston, and Lucky Oceans—returned after 4o years to lend their voices and musicianship to a number of tracks on Half A Hundred Years. Fans can stream or purchase the album now right here.

In addition to their upcoming performance at the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, Asleep At The Wheel are gearing up for a very special guest-laden concert covering the band’s fruitful 50-year-long career on October 15th at Austin, Texas’s brand new Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. Asleep at the Wheel alumni returning for the event are singers Chris O'Connell and Johnny Nicholas, steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, bassist Tony Garnier, multi-instrumentalist Danny Levin, pianists Floyd Domino and John Michael Whitby, and fiddler Jason Roberts. Additionally, The Wheel is expecting a very special guest who is not to be missed. Check out a preview of the concert from the Austin Chronicle and purchase tickets for the Oct. 15 show here. Throughout October, the band is going on tour with a rotating cast of Asleep at the Wheel alumni to celebrate this musical milestone. A full list of dates, guests, and ticket info can be found below.
West Coast Featured Alumni: Chris O’Connell, Leroy Preston, Floyd Domino, Danny Levin, Tony Garnier and Eddie Rivers
Sat Oct 2 at  Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA
Sun Oct 3 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA
Wed Oct 6 at Crest Theatre in Sacramento, CA
Fri Oct 8 at Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, AZ
Sat Oct 9 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ
Sun Oct 10 at National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM
Texas Featured Alumni: Chris O’Connell, Leroy Preston, Floyd Domino, Danny Levin, Cindy Cashdollar, Tony Garnier, Jason Roberts, and John Michael Whitby
Sat Oct 15 Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park Austin, TX
Sat Oct 16 at The Lutcher Theater in Orange, TX
East Coast Featured Alumni: Chris O’Connell, Leroy Preston, Floyd Domino, Danny Levin and Cindy Cashdollar
Thu Oct 21 at Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
Sat Oct 23 at Ali Ghan Country Club in Cumberland, MD
Sun Oct 24 at Mountain Stage at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Tue, Oct 26 at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN
Thu Oct 28 at Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO
Fri Oct 29 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
Sat Oct 30 at Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO