Asleep at the Wheel rolls into Fairfield U. for March 5 concert
Published 3:30 pm, Thursday, February 24, 2011
Asleep at the Wheel has more than 25 albums to its credit and as frontman Ray Benson says, they play a schedule of one-nighters that would "make a vaudevillian dizzy." The band has changed over the years and recently welcomed vocalist Elizabeth McQueen and fiddler-singer Jason Roberts, who gives the band a second male lead voice to complement Benson's immediately identifiable baritone.
The group's recent changes are evident in several new discs -- the first, "Reinventing the Wheel." The 12-cut celebration of American -- particularly Southwestern -- music features guest appearances by gospel's Blind Boys of Alabama and banjoist Rolf Sleker, along with lead vocals by McQueen and Roberts as well as Benson, whose voice has been synonymous with Asleep at the Wheel for decades.
According to Benson, who started Asleep at the Wheel 41 years ago, while membership in the group has changed, "the focus hasn't changed from the '70s."
Tickets to the concert cost $40 and $35. Tickets are available at www.quickcenter.com or by calling the box office at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.