“Tight swing with a grin you can hear, plenty of personality and the focus on entertainment! ”
— Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews
CARLOS WASHINGTON’S STEEL HORSE SWING- a band originating in Colorado that mixes western swing with rodeo and cowboy classics, celebrating a musical legacy that is timeless. Reflections of Bob Wills and Hank Thompson with a dash of Chris LeDoux gives this dance music a nostalgic feel while keeping it fresh with original songs. Their exceptional lyrics mixed with catchy original beats, blends to create an infectious western dance sound that breaks cultural boundaries and has major crossover appeal. Western Swing artist Carlos Washington and his band Steel Horse Swing bring you back to a time when a song made you smile and the music made you want to dance.
While our cherished western heritage is slowly fading and true working ranches struggle to survive, CARLOS WASHINGTON'S STEEL HORSE SWING is dedicated to preserving a piece of this noble tradition through high quality music and a captivating performance. With a collaboration of talented western and jazz artists- all veterans of Colorado’s music scene, CARLOS WASHINGTON’S STEEL HORSE SWING have a full array of musical instruments including Fiddle, Pedal Steel, Drums, Guitars and Bass along with great vocals giving this Colorado group a fun, jazzy, and sort of vintage swing sound; and as Rick Huff recently quoted, “What terrific fun this jazzy Colorado assemblage is!”
2018 Nominations for the AWA Western Swing Male Vocalist and Western Swing song of the year "Swing Time Baby. Award to be announced March 14, 2019
2018 top 5 finalist: International Western Music Association for Group of the Year and album of the year; Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association for Male Vocalist of the year and Song of the Year . Their new album “Swing Time Baby” has reached international notoriety and interviews with DJ’s across the globe have raved about the wonderful sound and content of the album! It has ranked in the top 10 played albums (coming in at #1) with DJ’s through the International Western Music Association.
The band was started by a real cowboy or should we say Pro Rodeo Bull Rider, Carlos Washington. Carlos reputation as a singing cowboy grew as he was singing on stage in an effort to earn money to pay his entry fees in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association and Bill Picket Rodeo association Circuits. Before long, organizers wouldn’t let him on a bull without singing the National Anthem to open the Rodeo. After hearing Carlos sing the national anthem, Terry Bradshaw, co-host of FOX’s NFL Sunday said of Carlos’ anthem performance “Very few can hold a candle to ya or light your fire, son.” Carlos has shared the Stage with some of country music’s leading acts such as Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Terry McBride and Mark Chestnut and was honored with the title” Denver’s Best Country Western Frontman” by Denver Westward Magazine.
Steel Horse Swing has recently played for the Denver Post’s Pedal the Plains with record attendance; the Town of Castle Rock, Co- Western Heritage with over 1000 people in attendance; The famous Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado with a sold out crowd; National Western Stock Show parade with an attendance in excess of 1000 people; Dazzles Denver with a sold out crowd; Coyote Creek Concert Series with a sold out concert; just to name a few. Look for them this fall at the Western Music Association Showcase playing their new hit single “Swing Time Baby” from their album SWING TIME BABY and in Ft Smith, Arkansas at the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association televised event singing their nominated song “I’ve got a feeling for you”.
"They were simply amazing and I was star struck from the time they started to when the show ended. Western Swing and Cowboy Music need to be played more often and these guys got'er done! - Debra Newton, Fan
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