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CMAOntario

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.

Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker BandRiver Town SaintsJessica MitchellCold Creek CountyJason BlaineTim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.

This year’s awards, hosted by Jason McCoy, will feature newly added performances
by Genevieve FisherJessica Mitchell, River Town Saints, and Aaron Pritchett alongside previously announced performers Jason BlaineCold Creek County and The Western Swing Authority.

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Kelly Prescott
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Abrams
The Western Swing Authority

Canadian Country Music Association

2016 CCMA AWARDS NOMINEES

#CCMAawards

 
ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR 
The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
The Western Swing Authority
 

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Boudreau
Ben Bradley
Rich DaSilva
Chad Melchert
Rob Wells
 
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Denis Dufresne
Shane Guse
Julie Kennedy
Ali Raney
Tyler Vollrath
 
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Barber – Banjo
Denis Dufresne – Mandolin
Shane Guse – Mandolin
Robin Pelletier – Mandolin
Tyler Vollrath – Mandolin
 
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
John Ellis
Smokey Fennell
Mitch Jay
Doug Johnson
Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald

 

 

Canadian Country Music Association

WHAT:                
CCMA Legends Show
Not to be missed is the CCMA Legends Show: A Tribute to Yesterday & Today; as this once-in-a-lifetime event pays tribute to Canadian country hits of the past and present by pairing some of Canada’s most cherished country artists, including Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, with rising and current hit-makers in the industry.

The star-studded 2016 CCMA Legends Show, taking place at London’s Centennial Hall, will feature such cherished artists as Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Donna and LeRoy AndersonJohnny Burke and from London herself, Marie Bottrell. Hot off the heels of an album release and Canadian tour, George Canyon will also perform on the show. Michelle Wright, whose storied career boasts a total of 25 Top Ten radio hits in Canada alone, as well as an induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, will grace the stage. CCMA Award winners, Small Town Pistols, will perform – and Amanda and Tyler will welcome their dad, Steve, to join them for a special collaboration as The Wilkinsons. The acclaimed and CCMA-nominated group, The Western Swing Authority, will also perform.

Additional performers, as well as the CCMA Legends Show host will be announced soon! For memorable collaborations and unforgettable performances, get your tickets now for the sure-to-sellout CCMA Legends Show.

WHO:                   
CCMA Legends Show Performers

Donna and LeRoy Anderson 
Marie Bottrell 
Johnny Burke
George Canyon
Small Town Pistols 
The Western Swing Authority 
The Wilkinsons
Michelle Wright
More performers and the CCMA Legends Show host to be announced soon! 

WHEN:
Friday, September 9, 2016
8:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Centennial Hall
550 Wellington Street
London, ON
N6A 3P9

TICKET INFORMATION:                   
Tickets are $40.00 each (plus applicable taxes and fees) and will be available via Centennial Hall (online, in-person at the Centennial Hall Box Office and by phone at 1-888-999-8980) as of 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES NOW:     
Media interested in radio interviews with artists announced to perform on the CCMA Legends Show can contact Jess Seguire (jess@penelopepr.com | 613-921-2314) or Tiffany Astle (tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416-554-7329)

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES DURING COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK:                
For accredited Country Music Week media only. To apply for accreditation, visit ccma.org after #CCMAnomday (Wednesday, July 13).

Country Music Week 2016 will be held in London, Ontario, September 8 – 11. This marks the first time the event is being held in the city of London, and is a 40th anniversary celebration for the CCMA. For more information on Country Music Week, or the CCMA Legends Show, visit ccma.org.

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About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA): 
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Ontario, the City of London and Tourism London.

Media Contact: 
Jess Seguire | jess@penelopepr.com | 613-921-2314
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416-554-7329 

 

Country Music Association of Ontario

The Western Swing Authority return to the Country Music Association of Ontario awards on May 30th 2016 with three nominations!!

Group or Duo

Roots Artist

Songwriter (Shane Guse and Larry Wayne Clark for Sweet Harriet) 

Jason Barry is also nominated for Producer of the year for his work on Now Playing!

Click on the link to see a full list of nominees and the press release from the CMAO

http://www.cmaontario.ca/ticker/2016/04/cmao-2016-awards-nominees-announced/

Canadian Beats

Western Swing Authority is a Western Swing band from Waterloo, Ontario. The band consists of Shane Guse, Stacey Lee Guse, Paul Chapman, Ed Ringwald, Matthew Lima, Dan Howlett, and Jim Boudreau. Signed to eOne Music Canada, the group has wracked up quite the list of nominations and awards over the last few years, including the 2015 Country Music Association of Ontario Group of the Year. Their latest album, ‘Now Playing’ was released in February 2015. We had the chance to ask the band a few questions about their music, future plans and more.

 

Why did you all decide to come together and form this collaboration?

I have always loved this kind of music and have always wanted to play in a band like this. One night after watching a special on Nashville’s Time Jumpers I thought, “why am I not doing this?” So I sent out to all the people close to me that I thought would be into playing in a Western Swing band, and the response was immediate. We had a band and we were going to play music that we loved simply for the joy of playing it. We never thought of what we would do with it beyond that point.

 

What is your writing process like with so many of you in the band?

We all write independently or co-write. Stacey and Matthew penned Livin and Dream, Dan and I have a song on this latest album (Cowtown Queen), Ed has an instrumental (Bapadoodle) and I’ve co-written some WSA tunes with Jason Blaine (Old Dance Floor, All Dolled Up) and Jason McCoy (Swing Thing) among others. When the right song comes along we come together to arrange it. A great song should be able to stand alone regardless of who is singing it or the arrangement, but the arranging process is what I feel really puts our stamp on a song. Sometimes we will sit together to come up with arrangement ideas and sometimes the best hooks just happen during a gig. Everyone in this band listens to one another so when somebody plays a line that works, it usually doesn’t take long for the rest of us to pick up on it and add to it.

 

If someone hadn’t listened to your music before, how would you describe it and what song should they listen to first?

Tough question. Western Swing is a fusion of several styles of music. Traditional Country mixed with Big Band Swing, Blues and Jazz. Often you have fiddles and steel guitar playing lines like horns. We try to remain true to the genre, but modernize it slightly and give it our own spin. If you want to hear a song that sounds like WSA I’d tell you to listen to Sweet Harriet or Livin A Dream.

 

What’s your favourite song to play live?

I think that answer would be different depending on which member of the band you asked. They are all fun to play for different reasons. Lately, I’d say one of my favourites (and Stacey’s) is Rocket to the Moon. Jimmy swings hard on this one and Stacey sings the pants off of it.

 

Do you have plans for new music in the near future?

Definitely!!! We’re just beginning to write in preparation for a new album. We’re also toying with the idea of a Christmas project.

 

You have a few coming shows, what can your fans expect from them?

Well, you never know what will happen on stage with this band. I can say that it will include some upbeat music, serious picking and some epic vocals from Stacey. Ultimately we have a lot fun on stage playing and singing together and I think that translates to the audience.

 

Do you have any advice for someone trying to make it in the music industry?

Be authentic. Don’t let people tell you who you need to be or what you need to sound like. You don’t need to sound like everything else that’s already out there. Find the sound and style that defines you, and do it the best that you can. The right audience will find you.

 

You were on the Green Carpet at the CCMA Awards in Halifax this past September, how was that experience?

Honestly, it was really amazing to be included in the Green Carpet, but so strange. I have been to CCMA week and have played the show many times as a side man backing other artists. These past two years are the first time I have come and walked the Green Carpet and done the media row as an artist. It’s a very different experience. I’m not used to that much attention.

 

What was the highlight of your time in Halifax for Country Music Week?

It’s hard to say, although the food was pretty spectacular! I love how Country Music Week brings all of us together. It’s like a homecoming, or some kind of crazy adult summer camp. “This one time, at CCMA’s....”

What’s coming up next for you guys?

We have lots of exciting things coming up in 2016, including lots of shows we have yet to announce. In the immediate future, we’re going to be in Austin TX next month for the Ameripolitan Music Awards. We’re honoured to have been nominated for Western Swing Group and Western Swing Female (Stacey). It’s a big deal for us to be recognized as a contender in the birthplace of Western Swing Music, alongside bands I have looked up to for years.

 

Here at Canadian Beats we like to ask a few fun questions so your fans can get to know you a bit better:

What is the most random fact that you can think of?

We never rehearsed a note before our first gig. We just all just showed up and what happened happened.

 

What is the first concert you remember going to?

It was Randy Travis or Poison. I can’t remember which one came first.

 

Where would you like to tour that you haven’t yet?

Anywhere we haven’t been yet! I would love to see this band travel to Europe.

 

What are you looking forward to most in 2016?

Playing more shows, creating some new music and seeing where this journey takes us next.

 

If you had the chance to interview someone you looked up to, who would it be and what would be your first question?

I have met Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, but I would love to interview him and ask how he has managed to maintain such a tremendous band and remain such a force in the music world for so long, while living outside the mainstream.

 

And finally, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting us in all the ways you do; buying albums, coming to shows, telling your friends about us. We can’t wait to come out play!

 

Now Playing: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/now-playing/id951227950

Upcoming tour dates: http://www.thewesternswingauthority.com/gig/

Connect with The Western Swing Authority:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsamusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/westernswingauthority/
Website: http://www.thewesternswingauthority.com/

 

 

Ameripolitan Music Awards

 
The 2016 Nominees for the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards have been announced!  Let your voice be heard and vote for your favorite nominees using the new interactive voting app 'Ameripolitan 2016' . Available now, this app features photos and music clips for all 2016 Ameripolitan Nominees, a special message from Dale Watson, and the ability to place your vote immediately! ‘Ameripolitan 2016’ is available for Android and iOS for $1.99. Ameripolitan will donate 25% of all proceeds to the Fender Music Foundation, which aims to keep music alive and available in our nation’s schools and communities. Voting through the app is available NOW.  Voting will also be available free online at www.ameripolitan.com beginning November 26th, 2015. All voting concludes December 26th, 2015.  Don't wait, vote today!
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Here are your 2016 Ameripolitan Music Award Nominees:
 
Western Swing Group

 

Cashbox Canada

Stacey Lee Guse has been singing for as long she can remember and for a young woman, she has already accomplished a great deal on her musical journey. She has been, and still is, a much sought after session vocalist and has added her creative background vocals to hit albums, radio and television themes,all while working  with world class producers like David Foster, J. Richard Hutt, and Jason Barry.

Stacey Lee had a hit single as a duet partner with John Landry, “MyHeart Says Yes (But The Hurt Says No) which was a CCMA nominated duet. She was also a member of the popular Canadian vocal trio Lace with Bev Mahood. “Working with Lace was a great experience for me. We had a lot of National exposure and toured the country, the U.S. and into Europe, and we performed as a part of the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Calgary Stampede and a lot of  other North American music festivals. I got to share the stage with legendary artists as well. There was Merle Haggard and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to name a couple.” Stacey Lee got to tour with Jason McCoy of The Road Hammers and was featured on his single, "I Lie". She has also backed up numerous other Canadian artists onstage and in studio including Jason Blaine, John Landry, Lace, Michelle Wright, Tonya Kennedy, Jamie Warren and Sean Hogan amongst the list.

Stacey Lee was recently a featured artist on Dave Woods’ video show In The Country, singing and telling her story on the show. Said Woods, “Stacey Lee is a really special talent and has a great voice and delivery so she was a natural for the show. A real pro in every area of the business.”

Stacey Lee GuseStacey Lee GuseHer most recent venture is as a featured member of Canada's swing supergroup, The Western Swing Authority. “My husband, (award winning fiddler, Shane Guse) and I were watching The Time Jumpers on T.V. one night. They are so awesome, all great players including Vince Gill and, at the time, the incredible Dawn Sears on vocals. Sadly Dawn has since passed away, but we were watching them and Shane said ‘ Man, I’d love to have a group like that.’ I said ‘ Well why don’t we put one together?’ That was enough to get the ball rolling; Shane made some calls, sent some emails and within a day or so we had The Western Swing Authority.”  The band is made up of a veritable who’s who of Canadian musicians and performs an eclectic mix of Western swing, jazz and traditional country standards. They are bringing Bob Wills swing back the way Asleep At The Wheel did in the ‘70s and 80’s. “I’ve never had so much fun on stage as I do with these guys. Sometimes I catch myself listening and have to snap back into hearing my cue to start singing again. These guys are that good.”  Shane Guse had this to say about his lead singer and life partner “Stacey is the best singer I know, and I don't just say that because she is my wife! She sings with real soul, her tone is beautiful, and it all just comes out effortlessly. It's a voice you just want to listen to more and more. WSA is a band filled with great pickers, but her voice is our secret weapon.” High praise for the lady.

Stacey Lee Guse is here to stay and with Western Swing Authority and as a session vocalist will be making her mark for many years to come. Singing and swinging.

The Country Music Association of Ontario

Toronto, ON - The Flato Markham Theatre was the scene of an electrifying night of country music on Monday evening for the 3rd Annual Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, presented by Slaight Music. The Awards Show was hosted by the Road Hammers’ Jason McCoy for the 2nd year in a row and he skillfully entertained the sold-out room, packed to the rafters with the best country music talent in Ontario!

The Small Town Pistols were the big winners last night, snagging 3 Awards including Single of the Year for ‘I Only Smoke When I Drink’. 2015 CMAO Awards Show house band The Western Swing Authority received 2 Awards – Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year. Tim Hicks was thrilled to accept his Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year Award and legendary performer Michelle Wright was named Female Artist of the Year! For a full listing of all category winners, see below.

The 2015 CMAO Awards included incredible performances from 12 of the 2015 CMAO Awards nominees, including Beverley Mahood and Lace, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Lindsay Broughton, Tebey and 2015 Rising Star Award winner Leah Daniels.

The 2015 Awards Show wrapped up an action-packed two days for the CMAO which also included the Road To Independence (R2I) Spring Tune-Up Conference, presented by Slaight Music and supported by Ontario Media Development Corporation, on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th. The 2-day Conference featured knowledgeable industry panelists and keynote speakers, including the incredible ‘New Faces, Going Places’ Industry Showcase on Sunday night, hosted by 2015 Female Artist of the Year, Michelle Wright and Ted Roop (Larche Communications). The Conference also featured a Keynote Interview with industry heavyweight, Derrick Ross of Slaight Music.

The 2015 CMAO Impact Award was presented to Paula Chopik and Ed Leslie, producers of Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada’s largest live country music and camping festival. The CMAO Impact Award recognizes an artist, group, industry personality or company/organization that has left an enduring and indelibly positive footprint on the landscape of country music in Ontario. Last years’ Impact Award recipient was the legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

Download select photos from the 2015 CMAO Awards here. (Photo Credit: Barry Roden/Grant Martin)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Boots and Hearts Music Festival)
Small Town Pistols – I Only Smoke When I Drink

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: hmv)
Tim Hicks – 5:01

SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: SOCAN)
Alyssa Bonagura, Patricia Conroy, Amanda Wilkinson, Tyler Wilkinson
(for “I Only Smoke When I Drink” recorded by Small Town Pistols)

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Spring Tree Farm Garden Centre)
Michelle Wright

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: TicketBreak)
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: The Remington Group)
The Western Swing Authority

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Skelton Truck Lines Ltd.)
The Western Swing Authority

RISING STAR AWARD (Sponsored by: Slaight Music)
Leah Daniels

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: CMT)
Small Town Pistols – I Only Smoke When I Drink

RECORD PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by: Metal Works Studio)
Jason Barry
(for the singles “Night In Night Out” by Genevieve Fisher and “One Of Us Is Lying” by The Western Swing Authority)

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MAJOR MARKET) (Sponsored by: Canadian Country Spotlight)
CHKX – KX94.7 FM – HAMILTON

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY MARKET) (Sponsored by: Lucknow’s Music in the Fields)
CJDL – COUNTRY 107.3 FM – TILLSONBURG

IMPACT AWARD
Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie – Havelock Country Jamboree

Website: www.cmaontario.ca
Twitter: @TheCMAO
Instagram: @TheCMAO
Facebook: www.facebook.com/countrymusicassociationofontario

eOne Music Canada

WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY SIGNS WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC
Toronto, ON, December 16, 2014 — Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) is very pleased to announce the signing of Canadian western swing group The Western Swing Authority to an exclusive licensing deal. The Kitchener-Waterloo based septet have been spreading the gospel of Western Swing around the world, recently being named CMAO Roots Artist of the Year as well as picking up nominations for CCMA Group of the Year and Roots Artist Of The Year.

The Western Swing Authority is a unique collaboration of seasoned professionals whose bios include multiple Canadian Country Music Awards (band members hold at least six CCMA awards and over 20 nominations between them), Juno nominations, and resumes that span from Gordon Lightfoot, to Ian Tyson to George Canyon, to Kellylee Evans.

Recently completing their new album NOW PLAYING at Barrytone Studios under the watchful eye of Jason Barry, a release date has been set for February 3, 2015.

The Western Swing Authority is: Shane Guse, Stacey Lee Guse, PeeWee Charles, Paul Chapman, Dan Howlett, Matthew Lima and Jim Boudreau. Visit www.thewesternswingauthority.com for more information.

About eOne Music: eOne Music is the #1 Independent Music Brand in North America. Entertainment One produces, distributes, licenses an
NAL d promotes some of the world’s top music and are one of the most comprehensive wholesale services in Canada. Representing over 45,000 tracks across various genres, eOne are winners of Best Independent Distributor 11 out of 13 years at Canadian Music Week.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations
eOne Music Canada
P: 416-913-0998 ext 4731 
EAlper@entonegroup.com 
www.eonemusic.ca

thewesternswingauthority.com

 

Waterloo Chronicle

So much has happened in the last year for the Western Swing Authority that Shane Guse, the band’s fiddler and social media guru, said he didn’t know what to put into the newsletter he sends out to their supporters.

They signed with On Ramp Records in February to distribute their newest CD, currently in production.

A month later they were finalists for the Great American Song Contest for their hit, “I’ve Got a Feelin’.”

They were nominated for two Country Music Association of Ontario Awards for Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist in May and later won the Roots category.

And to top it off the Western Swing Authority was nominated for two Canadian Country Music Association Awards for Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist, while Guse and steel guitar player Ed Ringwald also received nominations in the All-Star categories.

Guse brought home Fiddle Player of the year, his third such honour, while Ringwald earned his second straight Steel Guitar Player honour at a ceremony held in Edmonton in September.

“A third doesn’t make it any less important to me,” said Guse. “It’s a great thing because it’s a musician’s award and it’s all your peers and the people you are working with who make that vote happen.

“It’s a nice tip of the hat to get something like that and makes you feel like you’re doing something right.”

Ringwald, well-known under his pseudonym of “Peewee Charles” and from his days of backing up Gordon Lightfoot, was equally humbled.

A family commitment kept him away from the ceremony last year when he won his first award and he was thrilled to be able to accept it in person this time and share it with his bandmates.

“It’s always an honour to be nominated by your peers and to know you’re in the top five in the country,” said Ringwald. “Fortunately I was able to attend and when they announced my name, oh my gosh, what a great feeling.”

The group of veteran musicians, who came together five years to celebrate their shared passion for music and used the historic Commercial Tavern in Maryhill, Ont., as their launching pad, came up short in the two other CCMA award categories but you wouldn’t know it.

They became the de facto house band for the entire weekend, backing the Legends concert held during the CCMAs and performing themselves.

It was more than a coming out party for the Western Swing Authority, it was a statement that they have arrived.

“We had a great time,” said Guse. “It’s been a great year.

“I was kind of tallying it up for the newsletter the other day and talking about what happened over the year and I was like, ‘Wow, this has been a great year.’”

Guse said they had no idea five years ago when they put this all together that they would have made such a mark.

“If you told me all the things that have happened were going to happen I wouldn’t have necessarily believed it,” said Guse. “So many times people tell you you should do this or you should do that.

“This is one of those instances where we just did what we felt was right and it worked.”

The best way to describe their success is that it came organically. The members of Western Swing Authority believed in the music they were playing and planted a seed that has since grown to reach an audience and garnered the recognition that comes with it.

“There was no preconceived notion of what we were going to do,” said Guse. “We just started it because we wanted to do it and then it started to catch on.

“We love doing it, and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. It’s great to play music that you love with great players.”

The Western Swing Authority is putting the final touches on it latest CD being recorded at Jason Barry’s studio in town. Guse hopes that they’ll be able to release something by November at the latest.

“The album has a lot of original stuff on it, and it’s been really fun to do,” said Guse. “The last album had a couple of originals on it and it really got me into the process of writing a song and watch it really come to life.

“It’s a pretty neat process when it all comes together and you hear the finished product. It starts as this little thing in your head and turns into this great experience.”

Ringwald can relate. He’s been fooling around in his music room and on tour for years, but he’s never composed his own original song before.

He’s thrilled about an instrumental number that he’s contributed to the album and hopes it will get people up and dancing.

“It’s a smoking little tune,” said Ringwald. “I’ve never done that before even in all my year’s with Lightfoot.

“I just had an idea and there it was, and it came together pretty quickly.”

“We’re just so happy that things like this continue to happen,” said Guse.

Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - The intersection of twang and swing isn’t exactly the biggest junction in country music, but the members of Western Swing Authority are doing their best to keep vintage crossover sounds on the map.

It’s been five years since Shane Guse instigated the all-star band with six others from the Waterloo, Ont. region and they’ve been drawing serious attention from the start. Now WSA is nominated again for multiple CCMA awards, including Best Group and Best Roots Artist, with individual nods to Ed Ringwald (steel guitar) and Guse (fiddle) in specialty instrument categories.

For Guse, that added recognition is just icing on the cake.

“We’ve always done this for the love of the music,” he explains. “It’s a style that we didn’t always get a lot of opportunity to play, but things have fallen into place very nicely.”

Guse had specific players in mind from the start. Given their busy separate careers playing sessions and backup for other artists, they had all worked with each other before, but never in this configuration. Guse’s wife Stacey was a natural for her vocal prowess and enthusiasm for the material. The couple are chief songwriters for the group when they aren’t adapting other standards.

Ed Ringwald (steel guitar, Dobro and lap steel) has his own connection to the roots of western swing, given his early sojourn in Texas studying with Bob Wills’s guitar player Maurice Anderson.

Paul Chapman (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin), Matthew Lima (upright and electric bass), Dan Howlett (fiddle, mandolin), and drummer Jim Boudreau add to the long list of collective experience behind the band, with past connections to Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Tommy Hunter, George Fox, Jason McCoy and many others on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.

Guse, 41, has already won the CCMA Fiddle Player award twice. He started bowing at 10 and grew up performing in his family’s band, playing a lot of old-time fiddle tunes. His introduction to western swing came from an old Merle Haggard take on Cherokee Maiden that his parents played.

“It was my favourite song and I wanted to hear it again and again and again. As I got older, I got into bands like Asleep At The Wheel and then further back into guys like Bob Wills, Spade Cooley and Milton Brown. There was something special about the music. It has a great energy and it’s really happy music. Of course it’s got lots of fiddle too, so that appeals to me.”

Also handy with mandolin, viola and cello, Guse gained his early experience in clubs, leading to extended stints in contemporary country with George Canyon, Dean Brody and others. The origins of western swing go way back to the 1920s and 1930s, but that fusion of styles remains a favourite.

“It’s a mix of country, big-band swing, jazz and blues. When you squish them all together, you get song structures with country elements but jazz changes and chords and swing chords. In a group, you’ve got fiddles and steel guitars to do all these things that would go to the horn players in a big band. So it’s got something for everybody.”

For the fiddler, spontaneity is key to making western swing fun to play and a big reason he looked up to older players when he was a kid.

“I couldn’t believe how they were coming up with it, just off the top of their heads, and I remember thinking ‘I really want to be able to do that.’ Now I love the element of improvisation. I think for all the guys in the band any format where you’re allowed to stretch out and improvise is appealing. That’s what calls to them.”

WSA’s self-titled debut disc came out in 2010. The followup, All Dolled Up (2012), brought them a whole new wave of enthusiastic fans and critics with its mix of original songs and covers of Bob Wills and Louis Jordan. The oddest track was a reworking of Henry Mancini’s famous Pink Panther Theme that works unexpectedly well.

This past spring, the group released a single, One Of Us Is Lying, featuring one of Stacey Guse’s finer vocal performances. The band is due out with their third full-length, as-yet-untitled album in October, the first release in a new contract with On Ramp Records. Guse promises a mixed bag of covers and standards, various songs mostly co-written with his wife.

“Stacey has a really broad palette when it comes to music. She loves old big band and jazz material but she’s also a huge R&B fan and country fan. That’s part of the reason she can sing the way she does. In a band like this, she can take all those elements and come out with what’s needed.”

Western Swing Authority will be part of several events during Country Music Week: an appearance in the Tribute show at the Winspear Friday, a label party for On Ramp Records later that night, and a performance at the President’s Gala on Saturday.

On Ramp Records

THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY RECEIVE 5 CCMA NOMINATIONS

July 16, 2014


2014 CCMA AWARDS nominations were announced and On Ramp Records recording artists, Kitchener/Waterloo swing group The Western Swing Authority picked up final ballot nominations in the categories of Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year.

Comprised of some of Canada's top studio and touring musicians who share a love for classic Western Swing and fresh original songs that pay homage to the roots of traditional music, individual bios include multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, Juno nominations and bios that span from Gordon Lightfoot to Ian Tyson to George Canyon to Kellylee Evans.

Also nominated in categories for Fiddle Player of the YearSpecial Instrument of the Year and Steel Player of the Year are WSA members Shane Guse and Ed (Pee Wee Charles) Ringwald.

Says Guse "I am so thankful to get to do what I do and play music with the people I get to work with. Completely blown away with the support of the WSA. I'm so proud of all of my WSA band mates. We started a journey 5 years ago and I've got a feeling we're just getting started!"
Most recently, WSA were named Country Music Association of Ontario's (CMAO) Roots Artist of the Year in an awards ceremony in Markham, ON on May 26th 2014.

The Western Swing Authority are: Stacey Lee Guse, Jim Boudreau, Paul Chapman, Shane Guse, Dan Howlett, Matthew Lima and Ed Ringwald.

The 2014 CCMA Awards show will be broadcast Sunday, September 7, on CBC at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT at 10:00 p.m. ET.

 

Canadian Country Music Association

The Western Swing Authority receive two CCMA Award nominations.  Group or Duo and Roots Artist.  Ed and Shane also received nominations in the All Star Band Categories for Steel Guitar, Fiddle, Specialty instrument (mandolin) See the full list of nominees at http://www.ccma.org/_Library/CMW_2014/2014_CCMA_Award_Nominees_FINAL.pdf

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 WSA's latest release, One Of Us Is Lying,  features Stacey Lee Guse on vocals and showcases not only one of the the finest voices on the scene but also highlights the incredible musicians that make up this unique collection that is The Western Swing Authority.

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CMAO Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

The Country Music Association of Ontario,(CMAO) is getting set to present its 2nd Annual Awards Show with the nominees having just been announced. This year’s star-studded Awards Show is once again being held at the Flato Markham Theatre on Monday, May 26 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Also announced Jason McCoy will be hosting this year’s show; "What a strong list of Ontario artists, I strongly urge all eligible CMAO members to exercise their right to vote and have a say in who wins an award.”  He goes on to say, “It's an honour to be hosting the CMAO Awards in my native Ontario. Our artists have helped redefine music both here at home and around the world.  I look forward to seeing many of you on May 26.”

Scheduled to perform at that event are Jason McCoy, Jason Blaine Autumn Hill, Marshall Dane, The Good Family, Beverly Mahood, Deric Ruttan, Tebey and The Western Swing Authority.

The 2014 Nominees are :
Single of the Year: 
Anything At All - Autumn Hill
Get By -Tim Hicks
Rock It Country Girl -Jason Blaine, 
Saturday Night - Billy J White
Take The Week Off -Deric Ruttan 
Till It’s Gone by -Tebey

Album of the Year: 
Everything I Love - Jason Blaine
Favourite Mistake - Autumn Hill
One Of These Days -Marshall Dane
Small Town Pistols -Small Town Pistols
Take The Week Off -Deric Ruttan 
Throw Down - Tim Hicks

Songwriter(s) of the Year:
Beer Necessities (written Jeffrey East/Jake Mathews/Dave Thomson performed by Jake Mathews) 
Blame It On Your Truck (written by Kira Isabella/Jason Phelps performed by Kira Isabella) 
Fire (written by Jamie Appleby/Tareya Green/Alyssa Reid/Mike Robbins/Thomas Salter; performed by Autumn Hill) 
Get By (written by Shawn Hamm/Tim Hicks/Tyler Hubbard/Brian Kelley/Casey Marshall/Neil Sanderson; performed by Tim Hicks) 
Mine Would Be You (written by Jessi Alexander/Connie Harrington/Deric Ruttan performed by Blake Shelton) 
Take The Week Off (written by Deric Ruttan/Ryan Tyndell; performed by Deric Ruttan)

Female Artist of The Year:
Victoria Banks
LindsayBroughton
Kira Isabella
Beverley Mahood
Lindi Ortega 
Michelle Wright

Male Artist of the Year : 
Jason Blaine
Marshall Dane
Tim Hicks
Jason McCoy
Johnny Reid 
Deric Ruttan 


Group or Duo of the Year: 
Autumn Hill
Small Town Pistols
The Abrams Brothers
The Heartbroken
Jordan McIntoshThe Reklaws 
The Western Swing Authority

Roots Artist or Group of the Year: 
Lindi Ortega
South Mountain
The Abrams Brothers
The Good Family
The Heartbroken 
The Western Swing Authority

The rising Star  Award: 
Leah Daniels
Jaida Dreyer
Jordan McIntosh
The Lovelocks
The Reklaws
Kate Todd

Record Producer(s) of the Year: 
Jason Barry for Strong  by Michelle Wright
Jason Barry for The Wait by Tebey 
David Kalmusky for Living On The Outside/Blame It On The Radio/Anthem Of A Runaway by Small Town Pistols
Don Graham Donna Henry and Steve RiversDavid Kalmusky and Emerson Drive for Roll by Emerson Drive 
Deric Ruttan and Luke Wooten for Take The Week Off by Deric Ruttan 
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter and Dave Thomson for Favourite Mistake by Autumn Hill 

Radio Station of the Year (Major Market)
CHCQ – Cool 100 FM Belleville 
CHKX – KX 94.7 FM Hamilton 
CICX – KICX 106 FM Orillia
CJKX KX 96 FM Oshawa
CKBY – Country 101.1 FM Ottawa
CKXC, KIX 93.5 FM Kingston

Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market) 
CFCO  Country 92.9 FM Chatham
CFRM – The Island FM Manitoulin
Bruno Lafleur of Star North Records and Diane LafleurCJBQ – CJBQ 800 AM Belleville
CJDL – Country 107.3 FM Tillsonburg,
CKNX – AM 920 Wingham 
CKYC – Country 93 FM Owen Sound.

2014 brings a new category, The Impact Award presented to individual who has made a lasting impression and contribution to the Ontario country music scene. This year the award will be presented to the legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

Tickets for this years event at the Flato Markham Theatre on Monday May 26th at 7:30 PM   are $55 plus HST and available at www.ticketbreak.com

For more information visit www.cmaontario.ca

On Ramp Records

On Ramp Records is very pleased to announce the signing of Canadian western swing group The Western Swing Authority. The Kitchener-Waterloo based septet have been spreading the gospel of Western Swing around the world, recently winning the Best Americana Song at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards and are currently nominated for Best Western Swing Group at the upcoming Ameripolitan Music Awards being held in Austin Texas on February 18th 2014 and for Best Western Swing Group and Female Vocalist at the Academy of Western Artist Awards slated for March 2014.

The Western Swing Authority is a unique collaboration of seasoned professionals whose bios include multiple Canadian Country Music Awards (band members hold at least four CCMA awards and over 20 nominations between them), Juno nominations, and resumes that span from Gordon Lightfoot, to John Cowan to George Canyon, to Kellylee Evans.

Currently in studio recording the follow up to their current release All Dolled Up, expect to hear new WSA in the very near future.

The Western Swing Authority is: Shane Guse, Stacey Lee, PeeWee Charles, Paul Chapman, Dan Howlett, Matthew Lima and Jim Boudreau. Visitwww.thewesternswingauthority.com for more information.

The Ameripolitan Music Awards

Another nomination for The Western Swing Authority! Thank you to the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Nominating the WSA for best Western Swing Group! We are honoured to be nominated alongside some of our musical heroes.  The Awards are being held in Austin Texas on February 18th 2014.  Visit www.ameripolitanmusic.com to check out the nominees and get your tickets for the show!!!

Academy of Western Artists

Nov 14th 2013  The Western Swing Authority has been nominated for two Academy of Western Artists Awards!!  Western Swing Group and Stacey Lee for female vocalist.  Thank you AWA!! 

Canadian Country Music Awards

Sept 2013 The Western Swing Authority bring the swing to the CCMA's in Edmonton AB.  Ed Ringwald wins Steel Guitar Player of the Year!! 

Independent Music Awards

Canadian Supergroup, The Western Swing Authority Win Independent Music Award, Best Americana Song


They’ve been spreading the gospel of Western Swing around the world and now, Canadian supergroup, The Western Swing Authority has some hardware to back them up.


“I’ve Got A Feeling,’” the second release from the band’s sophomore album, has taken home the Best Americana Song from the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards.

The song, co-written by the band’s Shane Guse and Larry Wayne Clark (who recently succumbed to a battle with cancer), was judged by artist judges including: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Del McCoury, Shelby Lynne, and many others. The industry judging panel was comprised of record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists and film & tv music supervisors

“With winning entries from the United States, Canada, France, U.K., Switzerland, Iran, Spain, Netherlands, Singapore, Venezuela, South Africa and Korea, The Independent Music Awards continues to provide unprecedented exposure for a diverse range of incredible self-released and independent label talent,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards.

WSA founder Shane Guse said, “The judging panel was made up of many musical heroes so it's really an honour to know they felt our song was worthy of the win. I was outside trimming the hedge when I found out. We’re all still smiling!”

The Western Swing Authority is a unique collaboration of some of Canada’s top studio and touring musicians who share a common love for authentic western swing. A group of seasoned professionals whose bios include multiple Canadian Country Music Awards (band members hold at least three CCMA awards and over 20 nominations between them), Juno nominations, and resumes that span from Gordon Lightfoot, to John Cowan to George Canyon, to Kellylee Evans.

All Dolled Up, the band’s second album, was funded by fans around the world, through Pledgemusic.com. The album’s title track was played on over 300 radio stations around the world.

“I’ve Got A Feeling,” a ballad featuring Stacey Lee on vocals, is currently at radio , and recently received a rave review in Nashville’s Music Row Magazine, with Robert K Oermann saying “seek it out.” The song is available for radio/press download at www.airplaydirect.com/music/thewesternswingauthority/

Music Row Magazine

THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY/I’ve Got a Feeling
Writer: Shane Guse/Larry Wayne Clark; Producer: Jason Berry & The Western Swing Authority; Publisher: Brainchild, SOCAN; WSA (track)
—These folks are sort of the Canadian version of The Time Jumpers. Their new single is a bluesy, hold-her-tight, slow dance, buoyed by swaying fiddles, dreamy steel notes and deftly plucked guitar licks. Lead singer Stacey Lee Guse sounds like she just stepped out of a 1940s cabaret. Lush and fabulous. The album is called All Dolled Up. Seek it out.


Maplestar Music and Media

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM MAPLESTAR MUSIC & MEDIA, NASHVILLE

MapleStar Music & Media Clients Grab Nominations for
Country Music Association of Ontario Awards...

Super-group The Western Swing Authority nominated for Group of the Year; WSA’s Shane Gusé nominated with Jason Blaine for Songwriter of the Year for the group’s single “All Dolled Up.”

Today, April 9th, the Country Music Association of Ontario (Canada) announced its top ten final nominees for their upcoming inaugural awards show. Nashville’s MapleStar Music & Media is proud to announce that The Western Swing Authority, based in Kitchener, Ontario, is nominated as Group of the Year. The group, widely recognized as “Canada’s answer to The Time Jumpers, is also nominated for an Independent Music Award. “We didn’t expect to be nominated for anything, to be honest,” said group founder/fiddle player/vocalist Shane Gusé. Gusé is also nominated, with Jason Blaine, for Songwriter of the Year for the single, “All Dolled Up,” the title track and first release from the band’s sophomore album. That single has received airplay on over 300 radio stations around the world. Shane added, “it’s all a bit of a shock.”

The first annual Country Music Association of Ontario Awards will take place on May 27th at Markham Theatre in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Maplestar Music Media

The Western Swing Authority Lands Independent Music Awards Nomination 

Canadian western swing Supergroup, The Western Swing Authority has been nominated for “Best Americana Song” in the 2013 Independent Music Association Awards.
 
Yesterday (March 19th) Music Resource Group announced the nominees of The 12th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), which contained nominations in over 80 album, song, music video and design categories.
 
Winners will be judged by a panel of artist and industry judges including Tom Waits, Shelby Lynne, Del McCoury, Brandi Carlile and Nettwerk Music Group’s Terry McBride.
 
In addition to the industry-determined winners, music fans from around the world can register their votes in The IMA Vox Pop Jukebox.  Voting in the Vox Pop Jukebox closes Friday July 19th 2013. Visit www.independentmusicawards.com/imanominee/12th to cast a vote!
 
“Pretty cool to thing that people like Shelby Lynne, Del McCoury and Tom Waits will be listening to our tune,” said the band’s founder/fiddle player/vocalist Shane Gusé.  WSA’s Stacey Lee agrees, “Some cool stuff starting to materialize for us.  We’re honored and excited!”
 
The nominated song is “I’ve Got A Feelin’,” an original song written by Shane Gusé and Larry Wayne Clark.  The song is included on The Western Swing Authority’s sophomore album, All Dolled Up, produced by The Western Swing Authority and Jason Barry.  The album was released late in 2012; the album’s first single, “All Dolled Up” (a new original song, written by the band’s Shane Gusé and Jason Blaine) is an international success—being played on over 300 radio stations around the world, including radio in countries like New Zealand, Paraguay, Texas and at home in Canada.
 

Country Jukebox

Thanks to Country Jukebox in Germany for their great review of The Western Swing Authority's new album, All Dolled Up. The link takes you to the review in German, but we've provided a rough translation below.

"Western Swing is alive! No one brought more to the point than the unforgotten Waylon Jennings when he sang, "It do not matter who's in Austin, Bob Wills is still the king." Nearly 40 years after the death of the Western Swing legend, keep bands like Asleep at the Wheel, The Time Jumpers and WESTERN SWING THE AUTHORITY high the banner of Western Swing. In the latter, there are seven fabulous good musicians from Canada, who have recorded for their second album All Dolled Up a wonderfully rich collection of new songs and classics. Authentic, engaging, and neatly as possible in the dancing legs!

The Phantom Tollbooth

This is a strong CD for fans of country western music and enough familiarity with certain songs (reference Mancini) for fans of music, period.

Musicians: Stacey Lee Guse (vocal), Shane Guse (fiddle/vocal), Dan Howlett (fiddle/vocal), Paul Chapman (guitar/vocal), Ed Ringwald (steel guitar), Matthew Lima (bass) and Craig Bignell (drums)
The Western Swing Authority WSA002 (2012) 44667-02838
12 Tracks
Running Length: 45 minutes
www.thewesternswingauthority.com

When The Western Swing Authority (Canada) began "Barnyard Boogie," I thought, "Sons of the Pioneers" and Gene Autry western movies. The Swing Authority clear and concise sound references bands of the past with a Jimmie Rodgers tune ("Any Old Time") to the band's original music to Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme." All of this in 45 minutes.

This is a strong CD for fans of country western music and enough familiarity with certain songs (reference Mancini) for fans of music, period. Fiddle player Shane Guse has an original composition in "All Dolled Up," that is lively enough to get feet tapping. Another toe-tapper is "Choo Choo Boogie" with fiddle solo.

Vocal soloist Stacey Lee Guse shows what she can to with an original song by Shane Guse, "I've Got A Feelin,'" which has a blues mood. Guse's voice is full here and she purposely sings this song with a catch in her throat. This piece has a moving steel guitar ending. Stacey also sings solo on "Madien's Prayer," the lively "Roly Poly" by Fred Rose about a child who eats all the time and the last track, "One Of Us Is Lying." Here the singer states, "I know me and I know you and one of us is lying."

The Western Swing Authority has clear instrumentation, but more important, the lyrics come through concise. With a combination of two fiddles, four vocalists, a drummer, bass, guitar and steel guitar, they can do a variety of music. The blend of instruments is precise with instruments having solo moments in selections. Everyone has a chance to show what they can do. My favorite? The slower rendition of "The Pink Panther Theme" was just right, indeed.

Copyright 2013 Marie Asner

The Western Swing Guild

News From Canada Denise Pederson

ALL DOLLED UP

is the title song of the greatly anticipated second project of The Western Swing Authority from Canada. This hot off the press CD is catchy, done
in style and delivers what Western Swing music is all about. The upbeat songs will bring joy, put a smile on your face, and keep your feet tapping.
All Dolled Up has a wonderful selection of traditional songs that honor and pay tribute to their Texas roots and beginnings, plus some newly written songs.
One of my personal favorites, written by WSA fiddleman- founder Shane Guse and Larry Wayne Clark, is one called, I Got A Feeling. Stacy Lee Guse, I love your voice and you have perfected it like nobody can. What a beautiful song. Bravo!!
Go to www.thewesternswingauthority.com and have a listen!!
Listeners are in for a real treat. If you are not already a fan, then with the showcasing of all this great talent, you certainly will be after your first listen.
THANK YOU Western Swing Authority for such a great addition to Western Swing music. Musical contributions such as All Dolled Up, help ensure that Western Swing will be enjoyed in Canada, the USA and worldwide for years to come.

Cameron Tilbury Publicity

The Western Swing Authority Swings into
Hamilton’s Lyric Theater in March

It’s not often that audiences get to see some of Canada’s top musicians all on one stage. It’s even rarer that they get to see them all in one band! Hamilton and area audiences will get that chance on Saturday March 10th, as Canadian western swing super-group The Western Swing Authority swing into Hamilton’s Lyric Theater!

Much like Nashville’s Timejumpers, The Western Swing Authority is a group of Canada’s top studio and road players who take breaks from their regular jobs with other bands to play a form of music close to their hearts, western swing—a form of music that came out of Texas, Okalahoma and California in the 1930’s and still remains popular today.

Just who is The Western Swing Authority? Meet the band: Stacey Lee (Lace, Jason McCoy) on lead vocals; Shane Guse (2011 CCMA Fiddle Player of the Year, George Canyon); Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald (2011 CCMA Steel Player of the Year, George Canyon, Gordon Lightfoot); Paul Chapman (Michelle Wright, Aaron Pritchett); Dan Howlett (Michelle Wright, The Good Brothers); Matthew Lima (Kellylee Evans, Nine Mile)…and the newest member of the band, drummer Craig Bignell (John Cowan, Vassar Clements).

The Western Swing Authority has a regular, twice monthly gig at The Commercial Tavern in Maryhill, Ontario—and made a special appearance at Hamilton’s Artword Art Bar during Canadian Country Music Week last September.

“We’re really looking forward to our show at The Lyric Theater,” says WSA founder Shane Guse. “Hamilton was good to us in September and we can’t wait to get back!”

Don’t miss The Western Swing Authority at Hamilton’s Lyric Theater on Saturday March 10th. Order tickets at http://tickets.lyrichamilton.com/ordertickets.asp?p=62&backurl=default.asp


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Find out more about the Western Swing Authority at www.thewesternswingauthority.com

For information/interviews contact Cameron at Cameron Tilbury Publicity

Cameron Tilbury Publicity

Invest In A Super-Group for the Price of an Album!
The Western Swing Authority Looks To Fans at Pledgemusic.com


Canadian western swing super-group The Western Swing Authority enjoyed international success when their self-titled debut album went to radio around the world in 2010.

Now they’re looking to their fans to help fund their second album through music funding website, pledgemusic.com.

According to WSA founder Shane Guse,”By using pledgemusic.com our fans are essentially funding the production of our album by pre-buying it. Producing an album is expensive, but by breaking the funding down into small pieces that everyone can afford we can offer some pretty cool things.”

The bigger the pledge, the greater the reward! For example, a $25 pledge gets a signed CD. $40 gets a hand-written lyric sheet. For a $150 donation, a donor gets their name in the album credits. A donor could even pledge enough money to get a private, living-room concert! There’s only one hitch: all the money raised goes to recording, producing and promotion of the album—and it’s all or nothing, so the band must reach their goal to get the money, otherwise it goes back to the pledgers. And there’s less than 90 days to make it happen.

The Western Swing Authority recently underwent a small line-up change, replacing Charlie St. Denis on drums with Craig Bignell, who previously played with artists like John Cowan, Vassar Clements and Sam Bush. The band has a regular, twice monthly gig at The Commercial Tavern in Maryhill, Ontario, Canada—and is making a special appearance at The Lyric Theater in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Saturday March 10th.

Make a pledge to The Western Swing Authority and fund their new album at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/westernswingauthority


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Find out more about the Western Swing Authority at www.thewesternswingauthority.com

For information/interviews contact Cameron at Cameron Tilbury Publicity.

Pledge Music

Be A Part Of Our Second Studio Release!

We're going in to record our second album and we need your help! Help us by spreading the word about our Pledge campaign

The time has come for us to get back in the studio, and we want to make this album a whole new level of WSA. The platform that will allow us to get out to our listen audience more and interact with all of you.

Of course, by doing things independently we need your help! Here’s how it all works! We’ve created exclusives that you can pledge for. The money raised here will fund the production and promotion of this record. Both very important and pricey! After we meet our goal, 10% of the funds raised will go to the amazing folks at Musicounts, helping to keep music alive in schools across the country. In exchange for your pledge you’ll gain access to cool rewards and we’ll take you along for the ride from beginning to end and beyond.

This is an all or nothing pledge platform so we have to make, or exceed, our goal to get funded. Lets make this happen together!!

Thanks for all of your support. Now sit back and enjoy the ride

The time has come for us to get back in the studio, and we want to make this album a whole new level of WSA. The platform that will allow us to get out to our listen audience more and interact with all of you.

Of course, by doing things independently we need your help! Here’s how it all works! We’ve created exclusives that you can pledge for. The money raised here will fund the production and promotion of this record. Both very important and pricey! After we meet our goal, 10% of the funds raised will go to the amazing folks at Musicounts, helping to keep music alive in schools across the country. In exchange for your pledge you’ll gain access to cool rewards and we’ll take you along for the ride from beginning to end and beyond.

This is an all or nothing pledge platform so we have to make, or exceed, our goal to get funded. Lets make this happen together!!

Thanks for all of your support. Now sit back and enjoy the ride

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WSA member Shane Guse has donated his face to the Movember challenge to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Go to http://mobro.co/shaneguse to donate to this great cause, and find out if he can actually grow a "stache"

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.



On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember. 

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CELEBRATED AS THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2011 GALA DINNER AND ALL STAR BAND AWARD WINNERS

In a nutshell.... Congratulations to WSA members Shane Guse and Ed Ringwald for bringing home the CCMA All Star Band Awards for Fiddle Player of the Year and Steel Guitar Player of the Year

If you would like to read the entire CCMA press release visit ccma.org.

Maverick Magazine issue 101

The Western Swing Authority "THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY" Self released***** (5 stars)

Perhaps the finest album I have heard for some time

There must be something in the air, for here is yet another fantastic Canadian band which is impressing the worldwide stage with this debut record of utter brilliance. As evident from their band name, they play western swing but performed as though it should have been released back in the days when every Texas honky-tonk was playing nothing else. The seven-piece band play fiddle, pedal steel guitar and bass along with providing some divinely done vocals.

Cherokee Maiden is the best of these eleven songs. A tune which Bob Wills would be very proud to have been involved with as it has all the hallmarks of his finer performances. Pee Wee Charles’ pedal steel is very impressive and this is one track in particular which should find radio success. Although it has a slower sound, Sweet Memories sees Stacey Lee providing the vocals and demonstrates the band’s versatility by recording a song such as this. The extended pedal steel solo is just the ticket and is a track which I would find myself enjoying far too much if I caught this song live.

Much like Austin’s Cornell Hurd Band, The Western Swing Authority is helping to keep this style of music alive by playing it in the way which made it so successful in the first place. A second album? Yes please. RH

CMAOntario

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) is pleased to announce the nominees for the fifth annual CMAOntario Awards. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards recognize the talent and achievements of Ontario’s country music industry across 16 categories.

Meghan Patrick leads the pack with seven nominations while James Barker BandRiver Town SaintsJessica MitchellCold Creek CountyJason BlaineTim Hicks and The Abrams are among the multiple nominees being honoured at the ceremony on Sunday, June 11th at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario.

This year’s awards, hosted by Jason McCoy, will feature newly added performances
by Genevieve FisherJessica Mitchell, River Town Saints, and Aaron Pritchett alongside previously announced performers Jason BlaineCold Creek County and The Western Swing Authority.

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