Asleep at the Wheel rolling to Boothbay Harbor Opera House
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, Texas, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. On Saturday, April 21, this celebrated band playing their distinctive western swing comes to the Opera House stage in Boothbay Harbor.
Leader Benson, along with the band, have collaborated with country legends including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait as well as relative newcomers including The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents.
Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound this year with recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass). Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums), Eddie Rivers (steel guitar), Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet), along with the inimitable Ray Benson round out the now eight- piece band.
Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, audiences routinely are seen dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
Advance discounted tickets for Asleep at the Wheel are $30 and available from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor or by calling 633-5159. Regularly priced tickets are $35, available at the door or online at www.boothbayoperahouse.com.
The historic upstairs bar will open at 6:30 p.m. for early arrivals. The doors for seating open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30. The performance is open to all ages.