Willie And The Wheel Bottom Line:Willie And The Wheel is an awesome collaboration that features two of Texas' most famous entertainers. Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel delivers an awesome selection of timeless western swing hits that will stand the test of time. Each song paints a picture that will take you to a place and time that has practically become extinct.
About Willie Nelson and Asleep at the WheelWhen you blend the natural sounds of Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel, one thing is certain, the outcome is priceless.
During Willie Nelson's career, he has conquered just about everything. He has battled the record companies, soared the charts, and has even grabbed a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Regardless of his ups and downs, he has constantly remained a fan favorite and with the help of time, Willie has ultimately earned his right to be called an American treasure and a country music icon. His musical catalog includes countless hits such as "Always On My Mind," "Crazy," "On The Road Again," and many more. It seems everything he touches ends up making history, and this project is no different.
The other half of this collaboration is a group that will make your head spin. Their lead singer, Ray Benson, is one of the most adored and respected singers in Texas history and some of their biggest hits include "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)," "Corrine, Corrina," and "Bump Bounce Boogie." Ray's main goal throughout his career has remained the same and that is to preserve the sound of traditional western swing. The sounds of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys have managed to stay alive, but had it not have been for Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, it very well could have been forgotten about years ago. The groups philosophy has always been; "Western swing isn't dead, it's just Asleep At The Wheel."
Willie and the Wheel About the Songs:From the second this record takes off with "Hesitation Blues," it is clear that it is perfect for any occasion. If you are planning a party or even feeling a little blue, you can pop this CD in and automatically feel better. The music is so fast and full of energy. The first track has a standard "western swing" sound, but it also contains a hint of New Orleans' jazz.
A personal favorite is "Sweet Jennie Lee." I absolutely love this song. The vocals are perfect, the arrangement is superb, and if anything was changed it would ruin the entire song.
Another tune that is amazing is "Bring It On Down To My House." It is about a man who is feeling a bit lonely and is in search of a little company.
Being a huge fan of Willie Nelson, this really topped the album off. All you have to do is close your eyes, and you can picture everyone on stage performing live. That is how great this project is.
"Corrine, Corrina" was already a huge hit for Asleep At The Wheel, but with a new sound and energy, it will hopefully rise to the top once again.
With the help of Paul Shaffer and Vince Gill, "South" became one of the most vivid instrumentals to ever hit western swing. It truly shows just how talented all of these musicians are.
Bringing this amazing record to an end is a little tune called "Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon." Again, the energy that went into this song is awesome. Each of these acts are amazing on their own, but together, they are timeless!
Release Date: February 3, 2009 - Bismeaux Productions
Willie and the Wheel Track List:
- "Hesitation Blues"
- "Sweet Jennie Lee"
- "Fan It"
- "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jellyroll"
- "Oh! You Pretty Woman"
- "Bring It On Down To My House"
- "Right Or Wrong"
- "Corrine Corrina"
- "I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World"
- "Shame On You"
- "South" (With Paul Shaffer and Vince Gill)
- "Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon"