Steel Horse Swing
Steel Horse Swing Concert & Dance
Friday, September 13, 7pm
Doors open 6pm for Members, 6:15 for Non-members
Advance Tickets: TLCA Members $20 / Non-members $24
Day of Show: TLCA Members $24 / Non-members $28
5 Reasons why you should catch an upcoming show from Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing
After years as a band and a few albums under their belt, Western Swing Band Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing has proven over and over again that they can deliver a stellar live show. Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss them when they hit your town.
1. The energy
One of the things that makes a great live show is the energy of both the musicians and the crowd, and with Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing, there’s an equal amount of give and take. The band certainly delivers, but with the cheers and dancing coming from fans, they get it back–and while their shows are a lot of fun to watch from, say, a balcony, you’ll probably find yourself watching the crowd and wishing you were down there with them. And like any great concert, all of this comes together to create an entire experience. Fans new and old won’t be let down, and in fact, you’re likely to find quite a few who are seeing the band for a third or fourth time.
2. The music defies genre labeling
While most outlets put Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing’s music into the “Western Swing” category, that label doesn’t do justice to the number of influences present at his shows. Their songs blend western, country, jazz, and doses of the blues for a sound that defies labeling. Carlos Washington himself acknowledges this far reach, naming Swing legend Bob Wills’ as one of his biggest Western Swing influences, Sammy Davis Jr. or George Strait as the artist he most wants to perform with, as well as writing some songs with the legendary Cindy Walker.
3. The covers
A well-done cover from any musician can be an added dose of fun into the set, exciting fans in the crowd who also love that song and enjoy hearing it re-imagined. Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing can be expected to throw in at least one, often more, and they’ve taken on icons like Garth Brooks, Chris Ladoux, and Joni Harms, plus had some fun with George Strait’s Milk Cow Blues and Bob Wills’ Hey Good Lookin’. Most recently, they took on Hank Thompson’s King of Western Swing interjecting their own unique “Swing” sound and arrangements.
4. AWA Western Swing Song of the Year and IWMA, AWA, PCCAA nominees
The Association of Western Artists spotlighted Carlos Washington this past year with Original Song of the Year, Swing Time Baby, with the Will Rogers Award. Carlos and SHS were also up for Male Vocalist, Group of the Year, and Album of the Year with the WMA and the PCCAA showcasing their unique and energetic lyrics, vocals, and sound.
5. Creative Choices
Carlos Washington is a master of his craft. The mark of great music is not necessarily registered in chart data or streaming stats. Music is arguably one of the most powerful of all the art forms. It transcends language barriers and connects people across the globe who may not otherwise find a way to communicate. It has the ability to uplift weary souls, heal broken hearts and provide a sweet escape from dark and troubled times. In this sense Carlos Washington uses swag, instruments, and vocals that may not usually be present in some of the genre specific labels. The point is, paying homage to classics with a creative flair, is still a go-to, feel-good accompaniment resulting in Swing Time Baby being the Number one played Album in 2019 and 2018 with the IWMA and the AWA.
For more information go to www.steelhorseswing.com