{MP3} Exclusive first listen to “Willie and the Wheel” (Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel)(BiSMEAUX Records, Feb. 3)

It’d be sooo great if other established artists used some of their pull to expose people to deserving but less popular bands. Willie Nelson has always been very gracious that way sharing the spotlight any number of different ways. Now he has collaborated with the great trad band Asleep At The Wheel on his upcoming record Willie and the Wheel.

Now I haven’t followed Willie Nelson’s career very closely of late. Still I’m guessing I would have gotten a kick out of all his recent genre jumping. But don’t you think that his return to the music of his childhood sounds just great? Isn’t this where and when he truly belongs. His voice sounds very strong and is a perfect accompaniment to Asleep At The Wheel’s jazzy western swing.

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4 Responses to “{MP3} Exclusive first listen to “Willie and the Wheel” (Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel)(BiSMEAUX Records, Feb. 3)”

  1. Geoff says:

    If you really like this version of Willie, you should pick up a record he made a couple of years ago, You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.

  2. Tom says:

    I'd never heard of Asleep At The Wheel, but they're great! Really fun and laid back. And I agree, Willie sounds fantastic in this track. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Darius says:

    When I first heard Willie Nelson, he was at the height of his popularity, and his songs were played to death. I also suffered from a fairly severe case of country-phobia at the time, and I lumped him in with the worst abuses of Nashville at the time. Completely unfair, as I know now.

    But Asleep at the Wheel were not country, in my mind at the time. I know, I know, that makes no sense. And nowadays, I agree. But the result was that I loved Asleep at the Wheel long before I came to appreciate Willie Nelson. Just one more thing I did backwards in my life.

    For more of the current state of my musical taste, come visit me at Oliver di Place, (oliverdiplace.blogspot.com). And let me know what you think.