Austin City Limits hosts AATW, Simpson
Thursday, October 15, 2015
– Asleep at the Wheel, new inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, will be featured on the Oct. 17 episode of Austin City Limits with Sturgill Simpson.
The new show comes on the heels of AATW's newest Bob Wills tribute album, "Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" on AATW leader Ray Benson's own Bismeaux Records. The LP features 22 collaborations from Willie Nelson to Pokey LaFarge.
NPR World Café will rebroadcast Asleep at the Wheel's episode from earlier this year on Oct. 19, while select affiliates will air the episode additionally on Oct. 17.
Benson recently released his memoir, "Comin' Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel," a collaboration with David Menconi. The book details the band's history, beginning with Asleep at the Wheel's beginning in Paw Paw, West Va.
Tour dates are:
Oct. 16 Greenville, TX Bob Wills Fiddle Festival
Oct. 17 Midland, TX Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Oct. 23 Wichita, KS Orpheum Theater
Oct. 24 Pampa, TX Pampa Chamber of Comerce Country Fair
Nov. 13 Ocoee, FL Ocoee Founder's Day Festival
Nov. 27 Parker, CO Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center
Dec. 5 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
Dec. 11 Linden, TX Music City Texas Theater
Dec. 12 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
Dec. 15 Nashville, TN Opry at the Ryman
Dec. 16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Dec. 17 Carrboro, NC The ArtsCenter
Dec. 18 Augusta, GA Imperial Theatre
Dec. 19 Franklin, TN Franklin Theatre
Dec. 22 Galveston, TX The Grand 1894 Opera House
Dec. 30 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Dec. 31 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Jan. 23 Tyler, TX Liberty Hall
Feb. 20 Weirsdale, FL Orange Blossom Opry
April 16 Anchorage, AK Atwood Concert Hall
April 29-30 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House
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