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In Texas, Bob Wills is still the king. And so far, bands like The Time Jumpers and Asleep at the Wheel have been the big names spreading the gospel of Western Swing around the world. But Canadian supergroup, The Western Swing Authority has, for the past few years, been quietly been adding their name to the list of Western Swing greats. Not bad for a band from the town of Kitchener, Ontario.
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 and nominations, Juno nominations, CMAO nominations, an Independent Music Award and resumes that span from Gordon Lightfoot, to Ian Tyson to George Canyon, to Kellylee Evans. Their self-titled, debut album arrived to critical acclaim, and brought their music to people all around the world.
Now, The Western Swing Authority is back with their second album, creating a buzz in the music world once again. This time the album was funded by fans around the world, through Pledgemusic.com. “We went to the fans with this one,” said band spokesman/fiddle/vocalist Shane Gusé. “We had such a great response from our first album and fans were demanding a second album. Our fans have been incredible. Quite literally, we couldn’t have done this album without them.”
“All Dolled Up” was the first single release from the album. It’s an original, written by Shane Gusé and Jason Blaine, and was nominated for song of the year at the 2013 CMAO Awards. The release of All Dolled up saw airplay on hundreds of radio stations all over the world and tripled the number of stations spinning the WSA.
“I’ve Got A Feelin’” is the second release from the band’s sophomore album. This is a big song. A ballad that let’s singer Stacey Lee (former member of the Juno-nominated group Lace) really show off what she can do with a ballad. And it works. In fact, the song won “Best Americana Song” in the 2013 Independent Music Association Awards.
There has never been a better time to “ shake your thang to some Western swang!”