Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel is commemorating its 50th year with a new, three-song EP, Better Times. Bandleader and founding member Ray Benson takes the lead vocal on the title track, a hopeful original written while riding out the pandemic. Katie Shore sings “All I’m Asking,” a rousing request to get back together, written by Band of Heathens’ Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist. Meanwhile, Benson and Shore harmonize on “Columbus Stockade Blues,” a traditional tune arranged in the spirit of Willie Nelson and Shirley Collie’s 1960s version. Ray Benson produced the EP for Bismeaux Records.
This will be released on CD and on limited-edition 12" vinyl, autographed by Ray Benson.