Susie Blue releases a new Western Swing CD "Bye Bye Blues"

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas had their 
NPR debut on "Whad'ya Know?" with Michael Feldman
Listen to the recorded segment here
 

Check out one of our favorite Western Swing

jingles done here in Chicago.

Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas is nominated by the Academy of Western Artists for "Best Western Swing Band" and "Best Western Swing Singer" this year

The band has been honored by the AWA this year for Best Band and Best Singer for vocalist Solitaire Miles.   The nominations are based on radio play by thousands of AWA registered DJ's in the US and across the globe, so the nominations reflect the amount of radio play each artist gets.  Read more about the AWA here  http://awaawards.org/

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas have released a new LIVE album
featuring 11 tunes in concert at the PianoForte Foundation in Chicago.  If you can't travel to Chicago to hear the band play, now you can listen to a live show wherever you are, download the FREE mp3's here

DownBeat Magazine has chosen Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas

as one of the best Jazz CD's of 2015, giving them a 4.5 star review.

A big THANK YOU to DownBeat Magazine for this wonderful review of our new album. We are so honored that they gave us 4 1/2 stars, we are still pinching ourselves.  A lot of folks don't realize it, but Western Swing is a sub-genre of Standard Swing and Jazz, and that many of the traditional WS bands in the 1940's were made up of the same kinds of players as standard Swing bands, featuring sax, trumpet, clarinet, along with guitar, fiddle and pedal steel. When Big Band Swing swept the US in the late 1930's each region of the US embraced it and reflected the style according to their own local flavor. Western Swing came out of Texas and the Southwest and it is sometimes called "Texas Swing"

but since we are here in Chicago on the Prairie we are just calling it Western Swing. So we are not a country band... we are following the tradition of authentic Western Swing from the 1940's and you will hear it in our playing, covering tunes by the great bands Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and Spade Cooley
Although we have been getting a lot of great reviews and airplay from Roots, Americana and Folk publications and radio, even placing on their charts, we are also being supported by many jazz writers and radio stations and it is a thrill and an honor to cross genres like this, representing one of America's greatest authentic musical genres

The band was recently featured in concert and interview on Chicago's WDCB radio with host Besflores Nievera, you can listen to the

recorded 19 min  segment here

 

 
 

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas is honored and thrilled to have been awarded "BEST SONG" in the Western Swing category by the Academy of Western Artists this past weekend in Fort Worth Texas! The AWA is a wonderful music organization that supports and promotes Western music and Western Arts, and we were just delighted to be nominated by them this year, in three categories - Best Western Swing Song, Best Western Swing Band, and Best Western Swing Vocalist. We were nominated with some VERY AMAZING talent and never dreamed that we would actually win an award!

 

We were recently featured in a wonderful interview by Bruce Bergethon on his show "Acousticity" on WGLT.  You can listen to the recorded interview here
http://wglt.org/post/jazz-singer-solitaire-miles-goes-blue-and-lonesome#stream/0
 
"You might not expect to encounter Western Swing coming from Chicago, but singer Solitaire Miles is doing a great job of reviving Cindy Walker and Spade Cooley on her new CD, "Susie Blue and The Lonesome Fellas." - Bruce Bergethon