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Floyd Domino

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Floyd Domino
Domino in 1976
Background information
BornCalifornia, U.S.
Formerly ofAsleep at the Wheel

Floyd Domino is an American musician known for his work in the genre of Western swing.


Domino (back row, standing, first from right) as part of the band Asleep at the Wheel in 1976

Born a native of California, Domino was introduced to Western swing by way of the musicians who had migrated from Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930s and 1940s. Floyd's close association with Western swing coincided with joining Asleep at the Wheel at the age of 19. After 7 years with Asleep at the Wheel, he is now an "AATW Alumnus" who still joins them for featured performances. While Floyd is widely recognized for his years with Asleep at the Wheel and the revival of Western swing, Floyd began his career with a broad grounding in jazz, boogie-woogie, swing and blues piano. He regularly performs as Floyd Domino Jazz Trio showcasing a unique blend of jazz and blues. Other performances include work with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Texas Playboys, Waylon Jennings, jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Monte Warden, Don Walser, jazz vocalist Donna Hightower, and the Crickets.

In addition to a career encompassing live performances, recording (both solo and with a host of legendary performers), Floyd has contributed to promoting American roots music through his appearances at schools, camps and other learning organizations. Between his touring, recording and major performances, Floyd plays clubs, private events and contributes his talents to further roots music appreciation

Awards list[edit]

  • 1978 Grammy : Count Basie's One O'Clock Jump Asleep at the Wheel (Instrumental) [1]
  • 2000 Top Ten Austin Theatre Critics' Table Award for Musical Direction The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Austin Stages) [2]
  • 2000 Grammy: Best Country Instrumental Featured Artist with Asleep at the Wheel Bob's Breakdown Asleep at the Wheel 's recording Ride With Bob [3]
  • 2002 "Instrumentalist of the Year" Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award (2002 [4]
  • 2004 Cowtown Society of Western Music (2004 "Heroes of Western Music"" Living Hero Floyd Domino [5]
  • 2006 Top Ten Austin Best Keyboards Award [6]
  • 2007 Top Ten Austin Best Keyboards Award [6]
  • 2008 Top Ten Austin Best Keyboards Award [6]
  • 2009 Top Ten Austin Best Keyboards Award [6]
  • 2009 Austin Best Keyboards Award [6]
  • 2017 Inductee, Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame

CD list[edit]

Appearing on over 50 top CDs plus 5 foreign releases [7]

Title Date Artist
20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Asleep at the Wheel 2001 Asleep at the Wheel
Angels & Outlaws 2008 Aaron Watson
Back to the Future Now: Live at Arizona Charlie's, Las Vegas 1997 Asleep at the Wheel
Best of the Hightone Years 2002 Dale Watson
Beyond the Blue Neon 1989 George Strait
Beyond Time 2003 Ray Benson
Bruce Robison 1995 Bruce Robison
Cheatin' Heart Attack 1995 Dale Watson
Chill of an Early Fall 1991 George Strait
Dreamland 2004 Dale Watson
Easy 2002 Kelly Willis
Eleven Stories 2006 Bruce Robison
Every Song I Write Is for You 2001 Dale Watson
For the Ladies Enhanced CD 2004 Redd Volkaert
Full Western Dress 1999 The Derailers
Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks 2009 Geoff Muldaur
Goin to Town 2003 Craig Chambers
Hard Road Tough Country 1998 Peter Caulton
Here We Go Again 2007 Red Steagall
Hey Nashvegas 2001 Jesse Dayton
Hightower Boogie Woogie 1997 Floyd Domino
Holding My Own 1992 George Strait
Homeland 1989 Tish Hinojosa
The Honky Tonk Kid 2004 Aaron Watson
I Hate These Songs 1997 Dale Watson
If I Could Only Fly 2000 Merle Haggard
If You Ain't Lovin' You Ain't Livin' 1988 George Strait
If You Don't Buy This I'll Find Somebody Who Will 1995 Jon Emery
I'll Hold You in My Heart 2000 Don Walser
It's a Good Day 2010 Asleep at the Wheel
It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis: Tillis Sings Tillis 2002 Pam Tillis
Jukebox Music 2008 Mitch Jacobs
Live From Austin, TX: Austin City Limits '84
DVD; Digipak
2008 Waylon Jennings
Live from the Last of the Breed Tour 2009 Merle Haggard
Livin' It Up 1990 George Strait
Livin' with the Blues 2005 Johnny Nicholas
Me and the Drummer 2000 Willie Nelson & the Offenders
Monte Warden 1993 Monte Warden
More... 1999 Trace Adkins
No Stranger to a Tele 2001 Redd Volkaert
Pasture Prime 1985 Asleep at the Wheel
Raisin' Cain 1995 Jesse Dayton
Retrospective: Just One More Time 2006 The Derailers
Rich From The Journey 2000 Kimmie Rhodes
Ride With Bob 1999 Asleep at the Wheel
Rockin' My Blues To Sleep 2001 Johnny Nicholas & The Texas All-Stars
Rolling Stone from Texas 1994 Don Walser
Slide Show 2004 Cindy Cashdollar
Song of South Austin 2002 Cornell Hurd
Songs of Forbidden Love 1998 Wandering Eyes
Songs of Moon Mullican 2009 Hurb Band
Strait Out of the Box 1995 George Strait
Swing CD 2003
Tender Years 2010 Mike Runnels
Texas All-Star: Big Band Bash 2006 Johnny Nicholas
Texas Legend 2006 Don Walser
Texas Rose 1997 Billy Paul
Texas Swings 1992 Herb Ellis
Thrill on the Hill 1994 Johnny Nicholas
Totally Guacamole 1993 Gary P. Nunn
Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys 1993 Asleep at the Wheel
Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys
CD Remix
1993 Asleep at the Wheel
Unforgettable 2004 Merle Haggard
Way Out West 1996 Wylie & The Wild West
What the Hey 2003 Howard Kalish
Whiskey or God 2006 Dale Watson
Why the Hell Not...: The Songs of Kinky Friedman 2006 Kinky Friedman
The White Album 1998 Floyd Domino
Willie and the Wheel
Deluxe edition
2009 Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel 2009 Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel
Wrapped 1998 Bruce Robison

Appears on [Imports]

Title Date Artist
Beyond Time 2003 Ray Benson
Hard Road Tough Country 1998 Germany Peter Caulton
If You Don't Buy This I'll Find Somebody Who Will 1995 Germany Jon Emery
Served Live 1979 United Kingdom Asleep at the Wheel
Texas Rose 1997 Germany Billy Paul

Children's music

Title Date Artist
Baby Road 1987 Floyd Domino
Four Tots 1993 Floyd Domino
Peggy Sue 1991 Floyd Domino
Sleepy in Seattle 1995 Floyd Domino
The White Album 1989 Floyd Domino

Musical direction[edit]

  • Musical Director, Austin: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999–2000 Nominations – Arts". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Asleep at the Wheel – Ride With Bob CD Album". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Billboard – Google Books. July 20, 2002. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  5. ^ American Cowboy – Google Books. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Austin News, Events, Restaurants, Music". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Floyd Domino Discography and Music at CD Universe". Cduniverse.com. February 4, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.

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