“Emily Gimble’s last show before joining Asleep at the Wheel!” That’s the tagline on the Continental Club’s website promoting a July 18 show with the Warren Hood Band. Thursday afternoon, Wheel leader Ray Benson’s office confirmed the news about Gimble, whose vocals and keyboards were an integral part of the Hood Band’s acclaimed 2013 debut disc, and whose grandfather Johnny has been a formative influence on the Wheel’s 44-year career in western swing music.
"What a pleasure to announce that Emily Gimble will join Asleep at the Wheel, starting in August!” Benson said Thursday. “Her grandfather Johnny has been our musical guide and inspiration for over 40 years, and her father Dick is a trusted friend. Despite her youth, Emily is already an accomplished piano player and singer, so I can't think of a better person to extend the legacy of western swing music and this band."
Gimble fills the spot created by the recent departure of Elizabeth McQueen, who played her last show with Asleep at the Wheel on New Year’s Eve 2013 after eight years with the band. McQueen’s husband, David Sanger, remains the group’s drummer.