The GRAMMY Museum® Presents "An Evening With Asleep At The Wheel"

by laliveinsider on Wed., Jul 21 at 06:00 PM

Bandleader Ray Benson Sits Down for Intimate Conversation and Performance to Celebrate Band's Fortieth Anniversary

LOS ANGELES (July 2010) - On Aug. 31, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum® will welcome Western swing titan Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel for an onstage interview and performance to celebrate the critically-acclaimed Texas band's fortieth anniversary, it was announced today.

Asleep at the Wheel is the 9-time GRAMMY-winning band dubbed the \"post-modern kings of Western Swing.\" Founded in 1970 in Paw Paw, West Virginia, the band gained recognition in the San Francisco Bay area before settling permanently in Austin in 1973. Soon afterwards, they achieved their first top-ten country chart status with \"The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.\" The band boasts nearly 100 members through its four decades of continuous touring and recording, and a country music \"who's who\" list of recording collaborators. Front man from the beginning, Ray Benson, with the big baritone voice and 6' 7\" stature, has continually worked to extend the legacy and vitality of a music first popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

On July 20, 2010, Asleep at the Wheel will release its newest feature-length CD, It's A Good Day, on Bismeaux Records.  Following on the heels of the GRAMMY-nominated Willie and the Wheel, the album marks the first feature-length collaboration with good friend and famed Texas Playboy vocalist Leon Rausch.

Before an intimate audience of 200, Benson will field questions about the band's long and storied career, constant reinventions, notable collaborations, and newest album.  After the interview (conducted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares), Benson will take questions from the audience and, with a trio of Asleep at the Wheel members, perform a few selections from the genre-busting band's extensive catalog.

The GRAMMY Museum launched its flagship public program, \"An Evening With...,\" in January 2009 with music legend Brian Wilson and continued its success with critically-acclaimed recording artists Ringo Starr, Annie Lennox, Tom Morello, Dwight Yoakam, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Terence Blanchard, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, George Benson, Paul Shaffer, Carly Simon, Harry Connick, Jr. and Clive Davis.  In August, the Museum will also host \"American Express Presents An Evening With John Mellencamp\" and \"An Evening With Mavis Staples.\"  The program regularly features award-winning and cutting-edge musicians live and onstage.  Taking place in the Museum's state-of-the-art Clive Davis Theater, which screens exhibit-related during regular Museum hours, the program provides guests unprecedented access to their favorite musicians. 

\"An Evening With Asleep At The Wheel\" will take place at 8pm in the Clive Davis Theater, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum®.  Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20, go on sale Thursday, July 29, and can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.  For more information, please visit www.grammymuseum.org.

The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

About The GRAMMY Museum®

Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum® features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum® can deliver.

American Express is the Premiere Partner of The GRAMMY Museum®.  For more information about American Express and music, visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment.

Media Contacts

Stacie Takaoka
The GRAMMY Museum
213.763.5454
[email protected]

Mindy Espy-Reyes (for the band)
Bismeaux Records
512.444.9885 ext. 23
[email protected]

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