Aug. 28: Asleep at the Wheel at Rancho Nicasio

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Way up in the northern reaches of Morgan County in West Virginia sits a miniscule burg called Paw Paw, covering one half of one square mile and serving as home to just 524 citizens. Strangely, Paw Paw is where the country’s most long-running Texas swing band originally formed as Asleep at the Wheel and soon opened shows for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna. A swift move to the music capital of Austin, Texas, helped the band achieve general prominence, insider respect and a record deal, and in the 35 years since there’s been no finer tribute to the style pioneered by Spade Cooley and Bob Wills. Asleep at the Wheel has the rare distinction of having been booked to play at the White House on Sept. 11, 2001; for some reason we can’t quite think of, the show was cancelled! See the “Kings of Western Swing” on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Rancho Nicasio. Town Square, Nicasio. 8:30pm. $40. 415.662.2219.

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