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Asleep at the Wheel Then and Now

This short film,followed by a short performance by Ray Benson and band members, chronicles the improbable four-decade transformation of a group of ragtag hippies into today's status as Texas cultural icons. From the early days in Paw Paw, WV to the big breaks in San Francisco, settling permanently in Austin, and then on to each of the unpredicted come-backs through the years, the story culminates in a triumphant 2010 concert that reunites the "family" for its 40th anniversary. The band has thrived because of an intense love of this music that is shared by the talented musicians who make it and the audience that cannot get enough of it. That, and the force of nature that is Ray Benson.

Director: Dan Karlok

Executive Producer: Ray Benson

Producer: Dan Karlok, Peter Schwarz

Editor: Dan Karlok

Music: Asleep at the Wheel

Principal Cast: Ray Benson, 40+ Members of Asleep at the Wheel, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, George Strait, Vince Gill, Wynonna


Dan Karlok is a 2-time Emmy award winning and Grammy nominated director and cinematographer. His work includes directing the acclaimed "Law and Order" series the comedy feature film "The Last Request", featuring Danny Aiello, Joe Piscopo and Barbara Feldon, and the feature-length documentary, "Antone’s Home of the Blues".

Public Film Contact
Peter Schwarz
Asleep at the Wheel
(512) 444-9885