Asleep at the Wheel follows "New Routes"
Thursday, July 12, 2018
– Long-running Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel announced it would release a new album, "New Routes," on Sept. 14.
The release is the first for Ray Benson's band since 2013's "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys." The new 11-song release features songs from Guy Clark ("Dublin Blues") and Johnny Cash ("Big River").
Songs on the disc are:
1. Jack I'm Mellow
2. Pencil Full of Lead
3. Call It a Day Tonight
4 Seven Nights to Rock
5. Dublin Blues
6. I Am Blue
7. Pass the Bottle Around
8. Big River
9. Weary Rambler
10. More Days Like This
11. Willie Got There First featuring Seth and Scott Avett
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