‘Kings of Texas Swing’ to Perform at AFBF Annual Convention

Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel will perform at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention, Jan. 12-15, 2014, in San Antonio.

Asleep at the Wheel will give two performances on Sunday, Jan. 12 – one at 9 a.m. in an exclusive event for county Farm Bureau presidents from across the country, and a performance before approximately 6,000 people at the convention’s Opening General Session at 10:30 a.m.

Based in Austin, “the Wheel” includes lead singer and guitarist Ray Benson, fiddler Jason Roberts and other masters of the western swing style. The band has won nine Grammys and made 30 albums since its debut in 1973. They have performed with everyone from Merle Haggard to Bob Dylan. Songs that are audience favorites include “Hot Rod Lincoln,” “House of Blue Lights,” “Route 66,” “Miles and Miles of Texas,” “Bring It On Down to My House” and many more.

“It’s always exciting for me when the Annual Convention is held in my home state, and Farm Bureau members will get a real Texas experience when they hear the ‘Kings of Texas Swing,’” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a beef cattle and rice farmer from Columbus, Texas.

Other musical performances on tap at the AFBF Annual Convention include:

  • Country music star Josh Turner will perform at the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s “Foundation’s Night Out” event, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. Attendees can also watch professional bull riding, play billiards and ride a mechanical bull. The event is sponsored by Chevrolet and DuPont Pioneer. Ticket proceeds will go to the Foundation’s scholarships, grants, educational materials and other programs that promote a greater public understanding and appreciation of American agriculture. Tickets are $63 and can be purchased online at annualconvention.fb.org.
  • James Wesley will sing his song “Thank A Farmer” at the Closing General Session, 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Admission is free of charge for registered convention attendees.

Thousands of Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather at the 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio to hear from distinguished leaders, enjoy the company of fellow Farm Bureau members, attend educational workshops and participate in the grassroots policy-setting process that will guide AFBF’s work throughout 2014.

See more information about the convention at annualconvention.fb.org.