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July 26, 2004 For more information, contact: Anitra Cotton, 299-8779

Asleep at the Wheel to pull into MCCs Bosque River Stage Sept. 11
Asleep at the Wheels longevity spans about as long as frontman Ray Bensons size 16 shoes. For more than 30 years, Benson and his ever-shifting lineup of like-minded musicians have carried the torch of big-band western swing music to mainstream audiences and, along the way, gained popularity that most country bands only dream about. The western swing sensation will cruise into Waco for a concert at 8 p.m., Sept. 11 at the Bosque River Stage at McLennan Community College. Admission is $20 for stadium seating and $17 for lawn seating. Tickets may be purchased at the MCC Box Office located in the Ball Performing Arts Center from 1-5 p.m. weekdays beginning Aug. 23. Patrons may call 299-8200 to make credit card reservations by phone. Birthed in Paw Paw, West Virginia, Asleep at the Wheel got its big break after a mention in Rolling Stone magazine by rocker Van Morrison. Their first performance was fronting for Alice Cooper in Washington, DC in 1970, a link that helped the band land a record deal and produce more than 20 albums since. In 1975, the group scored a Top 10 country hit with The Letter that Johnny Walker Read. Bensons western swing mission has earned the band nine Grammy Awards, including one for Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Cherokee Maiden from their acclaimed 1999

/ var/www/apps/conversion/releases/20121024195125/tmp/scratch_4/11461111 0.doc 10/24/2012 21:35 A10/P10 Last saved by acotton Ride With Bob album. The band has also scored numerous appearances on Austin City Limits, and toured with fellow musical legends Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan. For more information about the concert, contact Bosque River Stage Artistic Director Dick Gimble at 299-8219. -30-