Of Press release:
It was announced today that the 10 Grammy Award-winning western swing group Asleep at the wheel, who is celebrating 50 years of country music with a new album this year, will perform at Penn’s peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday, April 8, 2022.
The doors to Penn’s Peak (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe) open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which are $ 25 in advance or $ 30 the day of the show, will go on sale Friday, September 3 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster, the Penn’s peak ticket office, and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe). Ticket sales at the Roadies ticket office and restaurant are only on site; no phone orders.
The number of artists and individual groups who have had successful careers for half a century is infinitely small. Against all expectations, Asleep at the wheel is one of them. The stars aligned in 1970 when three friends – Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans, and Leroy Preston – moved to Paw Paw, West Virginia (it’s not a made-up place – you can search for it). This is where their dream of forming a band began after a mutual friend gave them access to his uncle’s cabin in an apple orchard just outside of town. The trio began, literally, to botch and find other people who would join them in their mission to play old school roots / Americana music, long before the genre / movement even had a name. . After a trip to the outhouse, Lucky lived up to its name and suggested that the band be called Asleep at the Wheel, and it was to be for the next 50 years.
Since their first album “Comin ‘right to ya” released in 1973, Asleep at the Wheel received 10 Grammy Awards, was cited by the Country Music Association as Touring Group of the Year 1976, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the America Music Association in 2009. They released 31 albums. and has mapped over 20 singles on the country charts. Billboard has commented on the band’s catalog in the most succinct way: “Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular.”
More recently, Asleep at the Wheel was reinvigorated with a new lineup and the 2018 release of “New routes”, their latest album which is an invigorating mix of original songs and vibrant covers, as well as unexpected new musical tangents. The group has convincingly demonstrated that they are more relevant, enjoyable and musically agile than at any time in their 50-year history. The 6’7 “Ray Benson has been the only constant in Asleep At the Wheel since 1970.
âI’ve been told I’m relentless, so I guess I am,â he said.
âI just do what I think I’m supposed to do – sing, act and write better than ever. My role and my concept of leading a group have never changed. It’s bringing together the best musicians I can find or convince to play to the best of their ability, and I just try to make the best decisions I can and kick ass every night on stage. I’ve made it this far and don’t feel like me or the band is going to slow down anytime soon.
Still “Comin ‘Right at Ya” five decades later, Asleep at the Wheel will mark its 50th anniversary with “Half a hundred years” a new album scheduled for release on October 1st. The 19 tracks include original band members, current band members, songs from the vaults that have never been released, and special guest artists like Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou. Harris.