Asleep At The Wheel
Year of birth : 1970
Age: 45 years
Citizenship : United States
Asleep At The Wheel performed a very unusual blend of Western swing, traditional jazz, Cajun and country music - plus a mix of blues and bebop.
In preparation for their debut album, the band made a few ingenious arrangements of jazz standards, and one of them ,"One O`clock Jump" from the repertoire of Count Basie, has won the award " Grammy ", however, it happened only in 1978. Included in the first drive single "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read" hit the national Top 10. In search of a more appreciative audience in 1974 Asleep At The Wheel moved to Austin, Texas. In 1975 he signed a contract with Capitol and two singles in the group were US hits in category " Country " - "Bump Bounce Boogie" (31 th place) and "Nothin` Takes The Place Of You" (35- place). Since 1976, all the albums released by Capitol, won " Grammy "and participation in the film "Roadie" and sound recording to the picture brought the group success in Hollywood. In the seventies by Asleep At The Wheel underwent more than 50 musicians, which could not but affect the quality of the music, and the deliberate development of the group simply could be no question. Although all stages of his career, Asleep At The Wheel gravitated toward country -rock, carefully avoiding the closure with the mainstream. After the next reunion in the early 90 - ies in the Asleep At The Wheel was not a single musician of the original composition, but, nevertheless, shows the group still held successfully ,and the dynamism of their compositions would envy and younger musicians.