asleep at the wheel

Album Review: New Routes by Asleep at the Wheel (8/10)

Their last album was released more than a decade ago, but these pioneer fusionists of country, swing, rockabilly and other assorted forms of Americana have spirited a return that is deserving of the attention of fans young and old. The color-themed “I Am Blue” proves an effervescent concoction, but it’s closer, “Willie Got There First,” a wistful contemplation on the songwriter’s Quixotic quest for originality featuring The Avett Brothers, which melts souls.

Rating: 8/10
Bismeaux Records/Thirty Tigers
Producer: Ray Benson and Sam Seifert