Friday, August 21, 2009

Asleep at the Wheel and Bob Wills


Last night I went to an Asleep at the Wheel concert in Breckenridge.

I have followed "The Wheel" for many years. I read recently that they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Their lead singer Ray Benson is 58 years old so that makes him a mere child when they started. Ray now hails from Austin but was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Hard to believe when you listen to him. Little Joe from the Oak Ridge Boys is also from Philadelphia. It must be the hotbed of country music.

When I was in the New York Police Department I worked with an officer who lived in Brooklyn who wrote country music and had been published a couple of times. Brooklyn, NY. Another hotbed of country music.

Asleep at the Wheel majors on Bob Wills tunes. Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys became famous in the 1930s and 1940s for their radio show. Their genre was Country Swing. Not considering their name they actually broadcast out of Tulsa, OK. Another hotbed.

During the years of the dust bowl and the depression in the plains of Texas and Oklahoma there was no money and the only entertainment was listening to the radio. I have mentioned this before but people would take the battery out of their car and bring it into the house at night to run the radio in the kitchen or living room. Texas swing of the Bob Wills ilk was something that was clean and wholesome that the entire family could listen to and even "Cut the rug." Dancing to you young people.

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