Willie and the Wheel in Lancaster, PA (2/13/09) (A fan’s review)

www.WillieNelson.com taken by Lana Nelson

Adam Dean posted his review of the WIllie & The Wheel show he saw last night at www.WillieNelson.com

What a great show! Very different feeling to this tour, with Willie and Mickey backed up by the incredible Asleep At The Wheel, which has been augmented with a 2-piece horn section and the mature-beyond-her-years Ruby Jane Smith (who plays fiddle). Over two solid hours of Western Swing and Willie style music last night, and Willie was SO into it, tapping his feet, talking to the audience, and playing his heart out.

The show is divided into four distinct sections:
8 songs from Asleep At The Wheel, then Willie joins the band with Mickey for his “greatest hits” section of 10 songs, then Willie introduces the new CD “Willie & The Wheel” from which 11 tracks are played (no Mickey), then Willie wraps up with four of his jazzier tunes.

The highlight of the show (for me) was the “new” material from Willie & The Wheel – classics of Western Swing, with twin fiddles everywhere and Floyd Domino’s tinkling the ol’ 88s. David Sanger’s drums gives the band it’s drive and vocals from almost everyone fill nicely. The horns have Naw’linz ragtime swing, Ray and Willie and Jason Roberts hoot and holler and everyone, I MEAN EVERYONE is dancin and swaying and singing along to the music.

Go see this tour if you; we drove 75 miles each way and wouldn’t have missed it!


• Miles and Miles Of Texas
• (Get Your Kicks) On Route 66
• Don’t Fence Me In
• Goodbye Liza Jane (Jason)
• I’m An Old Cowhand (Liz)
• Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
• Big Balls In Cowtown (twin fiddles)
• South

(Willie with Mickey & AATW)
• Whiskey River
• (Ain’t It Funny) How Time Slips Away
• Nightlife
• Georgia On My Mind
• Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up
To Be Cowboys
• Angel Flying To Close To The Ground
• On The Road Again
• Always On My Mind
• Will The Circle Be Unbroken
• I’ll Fly Away

(songs from Willie & The Wheel) (no Mickey)
• Jenny Lee
• Hesitation Blues
• Right Or Wrong
• Fan It
• Oh, You Dreaded Woman
• Sittin’ On Top Of The World
• Corrine, Corrina
• Shame On You
• Little Red Wagon
• I’ll Have Somebody Else As Soon
As You’re Gone
• Bring It On Down To My House

(mickey back)
• Pancho & Lefty
• Neuage (sp?)
• Still Is Still Movin’ To Me
• Superman
• On The Road Again (reprise, no vocals)

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