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Newsletter: Spring 2009, Volume 17 No
1 & 2
- John York
WSMS members Ed and Lou Bischoff of
Everett, WA. are retiring from their official duties with the
Seattle Western Swing Music Society. Over the years as president, Lou
has done an exemplary job in every capacity with the assistance of her
husband Ed, her 'right arm'. She has demonstrated her abilities
as a gracious hostess, interesting writer, excellent photographer as
well as sender of good wishes. A multi-tasking person very much valued.
Both Ed and Lou have represented their society at showcases in Oregon,
California, Texas, Oklahoma and Canada.
As president, Lou has always
demonstrated motive - (goal), passion-(enthusiasm) and
spontaneity- (self-acting). In all, she has maintained a high
level of fellowship and sincerity in whatever 'hat' she wore.
I know that Ed and Lou will enjoy their
time away from all their duties.
The Western Swing Music Society wishes good health
to you both as you now have the opportunity to sit back and enjoy
listening to the music and enjoying the friendship of the western swing
John and Shirley York and the Western Swing Music Society. (Canada)
Note: The Seattle Western Swing Music Society has had a name
is now: Northwest Western Swing Music Society.
I feel that a number of you must
have heard of vocalist, Suzy Bogguss who has been singing Country
tunes for many years – WOW ! ....WHAT A SURPRISE when I purchased
her CD, Suzy Bogguss SWING. A great piece of work!
This album was produced by Ray Benson, of Asleep At The Wheel and the
Ray Benson-guitar, Floyd Domino-piano, David Sanger-drums, Jason
Roberts-fiddle/guitar, Spencer Starnes-bass, John Mills-sax/clarinet
and Dave Biller-guitar.
A few of the tunes are: Nat
Cole's, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Lew Brown's, Come Love, Duke
Ellington's, Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me, and original
compositions by April Barrows and Paul Kramer and another by Suzy
Bogguss, Doug Crider and Paul Kramer.
Not only are the musicians and the
arrangements great, but Suzy's vocalizing is outstanding and she
proves that she's quite comfortable with any singing style.
(Strange.....no steel guitar), however, for you guitar enthusiasts, Ray
Benson does some fine picking and strumming.
I liked all the tunes and in particular,
Dave Biller on guitar accompanying Suzy along with the rest of
the musicians as they do a superb job on the up-tempo tune, It's
All About You.
A quote from Suzy's Swing liner notes
reveals when music came into her life, “....On Saturday mornings my Mom
would put on Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald records while she was
cleaning the house. The music got into me and has always
been a part of who I am...”
This CD can be purchased from:
101 Crawford Street # 21
C o n g
r a t u l a t i o
to the three WSMS members who were inducted into the Seattle Western
Swing Music Society's Pioneers of Western Swing in Auburn Washington in
August 2008. - Len Knutson-bass/lead guitar/vocals, Frankie
Rodgers-fiddle, and Hank Rodgers-pedal steel guitar – all of Surrey,
Shirley and I had the pleasure of
hearing them perform at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Seattle
Western Swing Music Society and the 18th Annual Pioneers of
Western Swing Awards. Accompanying them on stage were, Lorraine Smith-
keyboard, and WSMS member-Jerry Adamus on drums.
More Congratulations to WSMS members,
Len Knutson-bass/guitar/vocals as well as Denny Slaght-lead guitar, and
the late Roy Hatchard-violin/ bass/ guitar/vocals who were inducted
into the The 32nd Country Music Association Awards Show held at the Red
Robinson Theatre, in Coquitlam, B.C.
A short while ago we sent a
complimentary issue of our last newsletter to Kenny Sears,
leader/ violinist of The Time Jumpers. Recently
I received a telephone call from him thanking us for the review I
did on their DVD, Jumpin' Time.
For those WSM members who haven't as yet
ordered The Time Jumpers CD s or their outstanding DVD...they can be
ordered through the Internet or:
The Time Jumpers
PO Box 120816
If you are a true fan and lover of
western swing....you ( we) have an obligation to support the musicians
of today who are recording this fine music. I absolutely
recommend the Time Jumpers CD and their DVD.
I recently heard that a 2- DVD set
is now available of Andy Parker and the Plainsmen, Call of the
Rollin' Plains distributed by World's Records.
The great Joaquin Murphey plays on a
number of the tracks.
***** WSMSmember, “Catfish” Willie
from Madoc, Ontario dropped us a note to say, “ Hi to all on the West
Coast...” Willie operates a coffee house where
monthly Folk-acts come in from Montreal and Toronto and from as
far away as Kentucky and British Columbia.
He also hosts a monthly jam
session...and performs with his band, Catfish Willie and the Bigwood
Band - with 'Tequila' Ken Grant – bass/Rickenbacker
electric/ b.g. vocals, “Catfish” - acoustic rhythm guitar/harmonica,
kazoo/vocals, Rick “Big Dick” Bauer – acoustic lead guitar/ mandolin/
fiddle/ accordion/ b.g. vocals.
His band, plus solo musicians are busy
doing a couple gigs a month (local, so not much traveling
Willie visited with acoustic bassist,
“Farmer Mic” in New Brunswick and said it was good to spend time with
old friends again and while there they played a couple of gigs .
After a short break, he's gonna' be back
at radio C.K.O.L.. - Western Swing/ Canadian Swingbilly.
Willie says that Steve Briggs of
(BeBop Cowboys) played at the coffee house back in May (2008) with
songwriter Cris Cuddy and says it was an honour to meet Mr. Briggs and
hear him pick as he sure does like the BeBop Cowboys.
“...although I can't be there
(Vancouver) in person – the spirit of the music lives on...I want to
...with love and peace, your friend,
FYI: : “Catfish Willie” sent us three l/2 hour C D s that
he taped of his radio show featuring western swing music. He does
a great job, not only playing western swing music from the '30 s
'40's 50's etc. but, gives the history of the music as
well. It is this dedication to western swing music that is
required by all of us to ensure its longevity. Thanks
And to our members: if you are
ever visiting in Madoc, Ontario, drop in to see Willie at his coffee
Congratulations to WSMS member Jay Riley
of Sacramento, CA., on his induction into the 11th Annual Cowtown
Society of Western Music's Swing Fest in Mineral Wells, TX – May 2nd,
2009 honouring Western Swing music heroes.
In view of Jay's recent induction, it
was most fitting that we received a letter from his friend WSMS member
Charlie Hull of Citrus Heights CA. - re Jay and the
profile we did in our last WSMS newsletter.
The following is an excerpt from
“...thank you for the profile you ran on
Jay Riley in a recent issue. I want to point out that in
addition to his fine musicianship and performance over the years in
various western swing bands, Jay deserves recognition for his role in
establishing and maintaining the Western Swing Hall of Fame
(Sacramento, CA.). Jay set up the roster in inductions and has
maintained it steadfastly over two-and-a-half decades, and continues to
serve as the Western Swing Hall of Fame Archivist.
....Jay has also been a regular attendee
of Board of Directors' meetings and never hesitated to offer his
experienced point of view and advice on important issues.
My point is that Jay is much more than
just another handsome steel guitar player, and western swing is richer
for Jay's involvement.
I thank you for the part you are playing
in the preservation of our kind of music. Your newsletter is
great, and I look forward to each issue. Keep up the good
work and keep on western
To western swing fans: In our
limited way we endeavour to review CD s and DVD s that we feel
are excellent examples of western swing bands and featured artists from
the past to the present. By purchasing their albums we will be
supporting the musicians and thereby keeping western swing music
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