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Country Picks: Asleep at the Wheel pulls into Carrboro

Asleep at the Wheel, led by founding member Ray Benson, plays the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday.
Asleep at the Wheel, led by founding member Ray Benson, plays the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

It’s a fur piece from their founding in Paw Paw, West Virginia, to their current home in Austin, Texas. But Asleep at the Wheel made the journey and along the way picked up nine Grammy Awards while keeping alive the spirit and tunes of Bob Wills and other Western Swing pioneers.

Led by founding member Ray Benson, a tall drink of water who’s even taller in his Lone Star Stetson hat, the band’s combination of danceable tunes (“Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie,” “House of Blue Lights” and “Route 66” among them) and Benson’s spontaneous repartee offer one of the most entertaining musical treats on the country circuit.

On Saturday, the Wheel rolls into the Carrboro ArtsCenter for a show that will highlight songs from their new Bob Wills tribute CD, “Still the King,” and other musical delights. For information, go to artscenterlive.org.

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