From modest beginnings some 45 years ago in tiny Paw Paw, W.Va., Asleep at the Wheel has been dedicated to keeping the infectious rhythms and snappy rhymes of Western Swing alive and thriving. Inspired by the music of such Depression-era icons as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, Ray Benson and friends started the Wheel rolling with such boot-shuffling hits as “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read,” and Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump.” On Wednesday, Asleep at the Wheel brings its country-jazz passions to Durham’s Carolina Theatre for a show that’s bound to have fans jumpin’ and jivin’ in their seats. Get more info at carolinatheatre.org.
▪ Friday night, the Kruger Brothers play bluegrass and more at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.
▪ Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers perform Saturday at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
▪ Thursday, Durham’s Carolina Theatre hosts Rhiannon Giddens, who will showcase songs from her solo CD, “Tomorrow Is My Turn.”