There aren't that many people performing Western Swing these days - the music of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb and Hank Thompson - but Asleep at The Wheel have probably done more than any other artistes to preserve the spirit of the genre over the past 40 years. As they say, "Western Swing ain't dead, it's just Asleep At The Wheel".
Willie Nelson loves to collaborate with other performers and if he'd ever had the chance to perform with Bob, Ernest or Hank I'm sure he would have jumped at the idea. He's no stranger to Western Swing so a collaboration with The Wheel is about as good a tribute to the genre as it's possible to get today.
There is a joyous blend of fiddle, piano, mandolin, guitars, clarinet, bass and brass making music that shouts out "party time". You can just detect Willie's voice sounding a little frayed but that is entirely in keeping with these venerable Western Swing classics. There's no competition, just Willie and The Wheel sounding as though they were born to make music together, which they probably were.
The sound of Western Swing has been updated a little here, but this is still the authentic sound of singer and musicians having a fine old time preserving the music of a generation that has almost gone.