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Asleep at the Wheel to receive AMA award

Friday, July 10, 2009 – Asleep at the Wheel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, Sept. 17 in Nashville.

The band is the leading purveyor of Western swing music. Earlier this year, they released a collaboration with Willie Nelson, "Willie and the Wheel," to critical acclaim. "Our Ray Benson will leave a mark," said Nelson. "He's been a lot of places, done a lot of things and recorded it all."

Since 1969, the Austin-based band has released more than 25 albums and won nine Grammy Awards. Led by founder Benson, AATW has had more than 80 members .

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance is one of several career honors that will be handed out during the awards ceremony along with six-member voted best of the year-end categories.

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Asleep at the Wheel have never shied away from acknowledging where their musical influence comes from. "Still the King" is the group's third tribute to the music of Bob Wills. While past attempts have been worthy acknowledgements of the influence of the Texas swing legend's music, this time around, Ray Benson and crew work alongside an unbelievable line-up of guest artists. The guest list is not only a testament to the legacy of Wills and his Texas Playboys, but also Asleep at »»»
It's a Good Day CD review - It's a Good Day
Asleep At The Wheel is joined by former Texas Playboys lead singer Leon Rausch on this western swing collection. Rausch, 83, who fronted Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the late '50's and early '60's, handles all the lead vocals here with ample help from AATW and friends. Amongst the stronger tunes are the duet with Willie Nelson on Truck Driver's Blues and the swinging version of Peggy Lee's It's A Good Day. Elizabeth McQueen of AATW joins Rausch on the »»»
Live At Billy Bob's Texas
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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