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The Western Swing Authority

The Western Swing Authority is Canada's most recognized and awarded authentic Western Swing group. Made up of a collection of some of the country's finest touring and studio musicians, they came together to play the timeless style of music they love. Seamlessly combining stellar musicianship and vocals with traditional country and jazz standards and their own “new vintage” originals, they have created a sound that is truly their own. 

WSA have been recognized with awards and nominations in both Canada and the United States and are reintroducing the Western Swing sound to an entire new generation of music lovers with every performance. 

Recently, they caught the attention of a few of the music industry's most legendary icons, receiving an invitation to play a private party in Nashville in March of 2018 for none other than Garth Brooks and his manager Bob Doyle. In October the WSA released their 4th studio album, “BIG DEAL”, that includes guest appearances by 9x Grammy winner Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Grammy nominated Jazz sensation Jane Monheit, Canadian Country Stars George Canyon and Jason McCoy, along with many more amazing artists who have added their support and talent.  

 

Love the WSA. Great accomplished players who play Western Swing like it should be played!” - Ray Benson/Asleep at the Wheel

 

The Western Swing Authority is taking our music into the new millennium. With exceptional musicianship and knock your socks off vocals, they’re everything a swing band should be!” - Carolyn Martin/Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee

 

As Merle Haggard brought the music of Bob Wills and Western Swing to a new generation of listeners, The Western Swing Authority is paying it forward not only by recording and performing these classics, but also writing new material proudly carrying on the style of traditional Western Swing music.” - Scott Wikle – My Kind of Country

 

It’s impossible to listen to this record and not feel happy afterwards.” -Country Perspective

 

A retro treat” - New Canadian Music

 

Lush and fabulous. ” - Robert Oermann, Music Row Magazine

 

Perhaps the finest album I have heard for some time” - Russell Hill Maverick Magazine

 

Awards and Nominations

 

2019 CMA Ontario Awards - Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2019 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Nominated – Best Western Swing Group

2019 Ameripolitan Music Awards - Nominated - Female Western Swing, Stacey Lee

2018 CCMA Awards - WINNER - Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

2018 CCMA Awards - Nominated - Guitar Player of the Year

2018 CMA Ontario - Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards - Nominated - Western Swing Female - Stacey Lee 

2017 CCMA Awards - WINNER - Fiddle Player of the Year

2017 CMAO Awards - Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2016 CCMA Awards - WINNER -Steel Guitar Player of the Year

2016 CCMA Awards - WINNER - Fiddle Player of the Year

2016 CCMA Awards - Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2016 CMAO Awards - Nominated - Group of the Year

2016 CMAO Awards - Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2016 Academy of Western Artists - WINNER - Best Western Swing Female (Stacey Lee)

2016 Academy of Western Artists - Nominated - Best Western Swing Album (Now Playing)

2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Nominated – Best Western Swing Group

2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards - Nominated - Female Western Swing, Stacey Lee

2015 CCMA Awards – Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2015 Country Music Association of Ontario – WINNER – Group of the Year

2015, 2014 Country Music Association of Ontario – WINNER – Roots Artist

2015 Academy of Western Artists – WINNER – Best Western Swing Group

2015 Academy of Western Artists – Nominated – Western Swing Female, Stacey Lee

2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Nominated-Best Western Swing Group

2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Nominated-Female Western Swing, Stacey Lee

2014 CCMA Awards – Nominated – Group of the Year

2014 CCMA Awards – Nominated - Roots Artist of the Year

2014, 2011, 2010 CCMA All Star Band Award – WINNER -Shane Guse, Fiddle player of the year

2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 CCMA All Star Band Award – WINNER - Ed Ringwald, Steel player of the year

2014 Country Music Association of Ontario – Nominated – Group or Duo

2014 Academy of Western Artists – Nominated – Best Western Swing Group

2014 Academy of Western Artists – Nominated – Female Vocalist (Western Swing)

2014 Ameripolitan Music Awards – Nominated – Best Western Swing Group

2013 Independent Music Award – WINNER - Best Americana Song “I've Got A Feelin'

2013 IMA Vox Populi Award – WINNER - Best Americana Song “I've Got A Feelin'

2013 Country Music Association of Ontario – Nominated – Best Group

2013 Country Music Association of Ontario – Nominated – Songwriter of the Year “All Dolled Up