Asleep At The Wheel includes: Ray Benson (vocals, guitar, bass); Jason Roberts (guitar, fiddle, background vocals); Michael Francis (saxophone); John Michael Whitby (piano, background vocals); David Miller (bass, background vocals); David Sanger (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Mandy Barnett, Eliza Gilkyson (vocals); Brad Paisley (guitar); Huey Lewis (harmonica).
Engineers include: Larry Seyer, Chris Burns, Bobby Bradley.
Recorded at Bismeaux, Austin, Texas; Bradley's Barn, Nashville, Tennessee; Way Out West, Ross, California; Sound Mine Studios, North Perth, Australia. Includes liner notes by Ray Benson.
"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. "Sugarfoot Rag" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
Asleep at the Wheel: Jason Roberts (vocals, guitar, fiddle); Ray Benson (vocals, guitars, 6-string bass); John Michael Whitby (vocals, piano); David Miller (vocals, bass guitar); Michael Francis (saxophone); David Sanger (drums).
Additional personnel: Eliza Gilkyson, Mandy Barnett (vocals); Brad Paisley (guitar); Cindy Cashdollar, Carco Claveria, Lloyd Maines, Lucky Oceans (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (electric mandolin); Huey Lewis (harmonica).
The Very Best of Asleep at the Wheel was released in the middle of 2001. This best-of album carries 14 tunes. The songs are standard Asleep at the Wheel fare done in the modern Western swing style that this country group does so well. The recording is an excellent offering that brings together many old fan favorites and places them all on one full-length album for the enjoying. Collections like these are a great way for new listeners to get to know a group. It should be noted that these songs are not the original versions you'll find on older Asleep at the Wheel albums -- since the rights to the tunes were divided up among different labels -- but are actually re-recorded adaptations done just for this venture. The end result was worth the redoing, not that anything was wrong with the originals. ~ Charlotte Dillon