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Big Deal

by The Western Swing Authority

The new album by The Western Swing Authority featuring special guest appearances by Jane Monheit, Ray Benson, Jason McCoy, Carolyn Martin, George Canyon, Buddy Spicher, Russell DeCarle and more.
Genre: Country: Western Swing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mississippi (feat. Jane Monheit)
2:24 $0.99
2. Dance with Who Brung Ya (feat. Ray Benson)
3:31 $0.99
3. Extraordinary (feat. Jason McCoy)
2:58 $0.99
4. In the Middle of the Song (feat. Carolyn Martin)
2:48 $0.99
5. Big Ball's in Cowtown (feat. George Canyon)
3:46 $0.99
6. Big Deal (feat. Bruce Bouton & Buddy Spicher)
3:43 $0.99
7. After the Leavin' (feat. Russell Decarle)
4:05 $0.99
8. Swingin' from the Rafters (feat. Danny Michel & Rob Carli)
3:12 $0.99
9. My Window Faces the South (feat. Jason Blaine)
2:44 $0.99
10. This Old Bar (feat. Paul Weber, Harold MacIntyre & Johnny Burke)
4:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
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



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Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Jazzy twang and toe-tapping fun
From Canada, The Western Swing Authority is back with their fifth album called “Big Deal,” and they serve up healthy portions of western and jazz influences to satisfy even the biggest appetite. The seven band members feature vocals, twin fiddles, guitar, steel guitar, bass and drums. For this project, every cut also offers one or more special guests. We hear Jane Monheit (“Mississippi”), Ray Benson (“Dance With Who Brung Ya”), Jason McCoy (“ExtraOrdinary”), Carolyn Martin (“In The Middle of the Song”), George Canyon (“Big Ball’s In Cowtown”), Buddy Spicher (”Big Deal”), Russell DeCarle (“After The Leavin’”), Bruce Bouton, Danny Michel, Rob Carli, Jason Blaine, Paul Weber, Harold MacIntyre and Johnny Burke.

Western Swing Authority’s approach taps classic western swing standards (such as “My Window Faces the South”), as well as newer material (“”Dance With Who Brunch Ya” and “Swingin' from the Rafters”). The album closes with a song that shows they can also play country (“This Old Bar”). It would’ve been fun to hear them also cover some old jazz or western tunes. The instrumental chops in these uplifting nicely-arranged tunes make for an enjoyable listen. The WSA’s jazzy twang provides a copious amount of toe-tapping fun. Western Swing Authority’s music is for dancing so roll up the rug, throw some cornmeal on the floor, invite the neighbors over and throw a party. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)