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The Western Swing Authority

A little boy sits at the top of the stairs. He is supposed to be in bed, but he can’t help but be drawn to the toe-tapping, lush sound of twin fiddles and a steel guitar coming from his parent’s party music down below. As the music lilts, a new love is born.


Fast forward 30 years and that little boy is now a grown man at the top of the Canadian country music scene. He has married, his wife also an accomplished vocalist. Together, they dream about playing the music they love and creating a new traditional sound of their own. The Western Swing Authority is the product of that very dream.

 

The Western Swing Authority is Shane Guse (fiddle, vocals), Stacey Lee Guse (vocals), Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald (steel guitar), Dan Howlett (fiddle, vocals), Paul “Chappy” Chapman (guitar and vocals), Matthew Lima (stand up bass) and Jimmy Boudreau (drums).

 

This stellar cast of musical peers and friends not only share a common love of Western Swing music, but together create a sound that fuses the old with the new, paying homage to the roots of traditional music in their own “new classic” original songs.

 

The “WSA” is a favourite with music lovers of all genres and ages. Their live shows are upbeat and fun, and the musicianship top-level.

 

Though individual members’ touring and recording credits are impressive, including names like Gordon Lightfoot and Dean Brody, it is the sum of the parts that is garnering attention and recognition worldwide.

 

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

 

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

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Come Shake Your Thing To Some Western Swing!

  • July 7, 2017
    Pickin By The Pond ,  Cargill, ON
     
  • August 11, 2017
    Manitoulin Country Fest ,  Little Current, ON
     
  • August 20, 2017
    Havelock Country Jamboree ,  Havelock, ON
     

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