Austin360 On The Record: Asleep at the Wheel Christmas album

RECENTLY RELEASED

asleepatthewheelxmasAsleep at the Wheel, “Lone Star Christmas Night” (Home). They’ve done this before — notably, 1997’s “Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all” and 2007’s “Santa Loves to Boogie” — but given that Ray Benson’s western swing juggernaut also has released three Bob Wills tributes, it’s no surprise they’d revisit the holiday theme again. The title track of that first yuletide affair kicks things off here, followed by tales of Christmases spent in jail, in Cowtown and in Texas (not necessarily in that order). Fiddler Katie Shore offers a great vocal counterpoint to Benson on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and there’s also a twangy twinge of Latin jazz courtesy of “Feliz Navidad.”

COMING IN 2017

  • JAN. 6: Dale Watson & Ray Benson, “Dale & Ray.”
  • JAN. 13: Band of Heathens, “Duende.”
  • JAN. 13: Hard Proof, “Stinger” (Modern Outsider), release show Jan. 13 at Antone’s.
  • JAN. 20: Matthew Squires, “Tambaleo.”
  • JAN. 27: Whitney Rose, “South Texas Suite” EP (Six Shooter), release show Jan. 26 at Continental Club.
  • FEB. 3: Gurf Morlix, “The Soul & the Heal,” release show Feb. 4 at Strange Brew.
  • FEB. 3: Daisy O’Connor, “Lightchasers,” release show Feb. 3 at Cactus Cafe.
  • FEB. 10: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “Backlash” (Ingroove).
  • FEB. 10: Ulrich Ellison & Tribe.
  • FEB. 10: Ali Holder, “Huntress Moon” EP, release show Feb. 10 at Cactus Cafe.
  • FEB. 17: Curtis McMurtry, “The Hornet’s Nest.”
  • FEB. 24: Shinyribs, “I Got Your Medicine.”
  • FEB. 24: Scott H. Biram, “The Bad Testament” (Bloodshot).

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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