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Submitted by Don Graham If you take six of the finest musicians in the country and team them up with a crackerjack female singer who perform with authority and add western swing music to the mix what do you have? The Western Swing Authority of course! Western swing music is “a mix of rural, cowboy, polka, folk, Dixieland jazz and blues mixed with swing; and played by a hot string band often augmented with drums, saxophones, pianos and, notably, the steel guitar. The electrically amplified stringed instruments, especially the steel guitar, give the music a distinctive sound. Later incarnations have also included overtones of bebop.”And according to Merle Travis, "Western swing is nothing more than a group of talented country boys, unschooled in music, but playing the music they feel, beating a solid two-four rhythm to the harmonies that buzz around their brains. When it escapes in all its musical glory, my friend, you have Western Swing. The Western Swing Authority consists of Shane Guse, fiddle and vocals, Dan Howlett, fiddle and vocals, Paul Chapman, guitar, Ed Ringwald, pedal steel guitar, Matthew Lima, bass and lead vocalist, Jimmy Boudreau, drums and Stacey Lee Guse. In Stacey’s words, “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. 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. Steel guitar wizard Ed “Pee Wee Charles” Ringwald who played steel with Gordon...

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Here we go into 2019 and wishing all of you all the best and may much good music fall on your ears. Due to an ongoing medical issue, BTW is gonna become a...

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On the heels of the holiday single The Christmas Belles, Toronto’s Mr! Mouray has released another great single ‘Sunshine Supermarket’ from the upcoming...

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Down at the Saloon is one of those surprise releases that turns up delivering a knock-out blow. Who, what, where? you ask yourself. The answer in order...

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This is one of those surprising releases that sort of catches you unaware, pins you to the speaker and delivers loads of straight-forward pleasure and...

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It is that time of year again when Toronto prepares for their annual music festivals. One of the great ones that are truly supportive of the indie acts...

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It is that time of year again when Toronto prepares for their annual music festivals. One of the great ones that are truly supportive of the indie acts who are not signed to a major label is Indie Week.

This year the event is November 13-17,...

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Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 17th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues...

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Many people know of Lisa though her amazing work supporting the music of others nationally and internationally. Lisa was also Hugh's Room’s first publicist from 2001-2008, and has worked on management/publicity for the much missed...

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Here we go into 2019 and wishing all of you all the best and may much good music fall on your ears. Due to an ongoing medical issue, BTW is gonna become a little more limited in scope, as my situation limits the number of live gigs I’ll be able to attend...

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Grammy-nominated pop-soul vocalist Emily King’s current video for "Look At Me Now" today, directed by George Mays and filmed at Apogee Studios in...

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On the heels of the holiday single The Christmas Belles, Toronto’s Mr! Mouray has released another great single ‘Sunshine Supermarket’ from the upcoming EP “Atlantic”.

Mr! Mouray formed in 2018 from the remnants of three successful Toronto alt-...

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Down at the Saloon is one of those surprise releases that turns up delivering a knock-out blow. Who, what, where? you ask yourself. The answer in order being: Kjell Gustavsson & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra; an album that absolutely boils, full...

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This is one of those surprising releases that sort of catches you unaware, pins you to the speaker and delivers loads of straight-forward pleasure and delight.

Finney is a USA-born, bluesman of some stature now long based in Sweden, where he...

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