It's been a long time time since our last newsletter and we have lots to tell!
Our last newsletter was in the spring, and we told you about our trip to the Ameripolitan Music awards in Austin TX. What a party in Ausin, and what a thrill to be nominated in the same category as Asleep at The Wheel! We hope to be back again in 2015! In fact nominations for 2015 will be happening soon and you can help! Visit the Ameripolitan website and let them know who you'd like to see nominated for this years awards.
On May 26th we had the pleasure of not only attending and performing at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards show, but we backed all the other performers as well. It was a great night of music that really shone a bright light on Ontario's Country music community. It was a great time to visit with friends and make new ones and we really enjoyed every minute of it.
The highlight of our night was when it was announced that we had been voted the Root's Artist of the Year. We're honoured to have won the award and to be placed in such excellent company alongside some amazing nominees. Thank you to the CMAO and all it's voting members.
This summer we spent a bunch of time travelling around playing for some great audiences all over Ontario. The Jason Blaine Celebrity Golf Tournament, Holstein Rodeo, Cayugafest, Capitol Countryfest, Sutton Bay Countryfest, Greenwood and many others all showed us a great time. We made a lot of new friends!
Over the course of the summer we also found out that we had been nominated for TWO Canadian Country Music Association awards. This was HUGE news for us! Nominated for both Roots Artist and Group of the year as well as three All Star Band nominations, we headed to Edmonton for Country Music week Sept 4-7. While we were there, we played the Legends Show, On Ramp Records label party and the President's Gala. Both Shane and Ed came home with awards for Fiddle Player of the Year and Steel Guitar Player of the Year. We had a great time at Country Music Week and would like to thank the CCMA, all the people that made it possible for us to be there and those who thought to give WSA their vote.
Now it is time to get our new album out to you! We are very proud of how it is turning out. Once the mixing and mastering process is finished we will have it available as soon as possible! Keep an eye on our Website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!
Thanks again for keeping up with The Western Swing Authority! We hope to see you at show real soon!
Shane, Stacey, Ed, Dan, Chappy, Matthew and Jimmy
Shane and Ed bring home the CCMA All Star Band Awards for Fiddle Player and Steel Guitar Player of the Year!!!
WSA receives 2 CCMA Award Nominations!! Group or Duo and Roosts Artist. Plus Ed and Shane received nominations in the All Star Band Categories for Steel Guitar, Fiddle and Specialty instrument (mandolin). This is super exciting news! See you in Edmonton in September!
May 26th 2014 - WSA wins Roots Artist of the Year at the 2014 CMAO Awards!!!!
The new WSA single "One Of Us Is Lying" is now available on iTunes Get your copy today!!
April 28, 2014 - New single goes to radio today!! "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."
The WSA receive two CMAO Award nominations. Group or Duo and Roots Artist. Visit the CMAO website for more details on the upcoming awards show being held in Markham ON on May 26th. WSA will be performing on the show along with a star studded line up of Canadian Country artists.
March 2014 - I've Got a Feelin' is a finalist for the Great American Song Contest!
Feb 12th 2014 - The Western Swing Authority sign with On Ramp Records!
NEW ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE!!
Visit the SESSIONS page to find out how you can have WSA pickers on your next album!!