Wheeler Front

Asylum Street Spankers

April 2, 2010

The magnificently indefinable Asylum Street Spankers began in 1994 during a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. There Christina Marrs met Wammo. During a night spent singing and playing along the banks of the Llano River they discovered a shared love for early 20th-century music. Upon returning to Austin they gathered a few like-minded pals and began playing free shows at clubs and busking around town.

Within a year they conquered Austin, playing three SRO weekly residencies, including the city’s first Gospel Brunch. In 1997 the band began venturing out into the wider world. Since then, Christina and Wammo have pushed their ever-evolving troupe from country blues revivalism toward original compositions, new works for the stage and sociopolitical commentary.

Regular touring throughout Europe, Japan and the states has established the Asylum Street Spankers as an underground institution, widely considered one of the best live acts working today. Their discography includes ten albums, including, What? And Give Up Show Biz?, a two- disk live document of the group’s two-week stand at New York’s Barrow Street Theatre, and Mommy Says No!, one of the most honored family oriented releases of 2007.

The Spankers are generally available for concerts in North America, Europe and Japan. Available shows include: a club and theater concert for mature audiences, a “kids concert” for general audiences, a festival set for general audiences, and their stage production, “What? And Give Up Show Biz?” for mature audiences.

This performance was co-sponsored with Mountain Groove Productions.

Upcoming Events

An Evening with the Rodney Crowell Trio

Tuesday, March 14, 20178 pm

Crowell’s resume could serve as a manual on how to balance commercial success and lifelong artistry while also maintaining integrity. Not many artists can boast having their music recorded by such a diverse array of artists, from country legends to current country stars, to rock legends to blues icons and even electronic artists. As an artist or songwriter, he has had songs in the top 10 in every decade since the 1970’s. Learn More »

Let It Be

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:30 pm

Direct from London's West End and Broadway, Let It Be imagines the show you never got to see The Beatles perform—a one-night-only time capsule back to what would have been John Lennon’s 40th birthday, October 9, 1980. Learn More »

view all upcoming events


Become a member today!

To join Wheeler Associates and help support the Wheeler Opera House and all it means to the community, click here.