When Cindy Cashdollar Got To Texas, She Was Already Wearing Boots

The pedal steel player for Asleep at the Wheel hails from New York, where Texas barbecue is rarely on the menu.

By Joy DiazDecember 12, 2019 2:51 pm, ,

During shows with Texas music legends like Ray Benson, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson, there is often a steel guitar player from Woodstock, New York, sitting not far behind them onstage. That player is Cindy Cashdollar, and she learned how to be a Texan from country music’s best.

Cashdollar (that’s her real name) moved to Texas in 1992 to tour with Benson’s Asleep at the Wheel. She says she had a lot to learn about the ways of the state she now calls home, including about barbecue.

“Even when I first moved here, I had never even seen a barbecue menu,” Cashdollar says.

But boots – boots were familiar to her.

“I love cowboy boots,” Cashdollar says. “I’ve worn cowboy boots since I was in high school, even in New York State.”

She says boots are more than just things to put on your feet.

“I think boots, especially Western boots, are artwork,” Cashdollar says.


Written by Libby Cohen and Shelly Brisbin.