AWARD WINNING ENTERTAINER, SINGER, SONG WRITER AND WESTERN SWING BAND
“Love this guy! A bright light in Western Swing”
— Tennessee Jim Farrell - Truckers Radio USA, Jim's Full Gallop Radio Show
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Carlos Washington is a nationally and internationally acclaimed award-winning western swing music entertainer, singer, and songwriter. Carlos and his band, Steel Horse Swing, mixes western swing with rodeo and cowboy classics to celebrate a musical legacy that is timeless. Described by industry as "Roots Country", Carlos has crafted this band with reflections of Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, and a dash of Asleep at the Wheel to create an infectious western dance sound that breaks cultural boundaries and has major crossover appeal.
Carlos has recently released several singles that soared to the top of western and country charts and are continually being played on a broad range of country and western radio markets.
Winner 2018 Western Swing Song of the Year Will Rogers Award "Swing Time Baby"
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New Single - Desert Skies April 2022
New Single - Party on Piedra Lumbre November 2021.
#1 Played Western Swing Song - Thank you DJ's
The Piedra Lumbre (Shining Rock) is an area in northern New Mexico near the famed Ghost Ranch and has a rich history of Native Americans and Spaniards battling over these vast hunting grounds. The land has such a spiritual magnitude with legends of witches, snakes, ghosts and other fabled tales. They continue to haunt us today and if one gazes at the glowing cliffs on a moonlit night you may still see the shadows of Los Brujos dancing through the night. Texas Swing comes alive in the Piedra Lumbre. Just call upon the Spirits and watch them move and swing. Come Party on the Piedra Lumbre!
New Single - One Way to Swing April 2021
#1 Played Western Swing Song - Thank you DJ's
Carlos was a 2022 finalist for the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for Western Swing Male Vocalist and for the Western Song of the Year "Last Cattle Guard." written by Barry Ward
Carlos and Steel Horse Swing were also 2022 finalists for Western Swing Album of the Year "Little Bit of Texas", Entertainer of the Year and Male Performer of the Year for the International Western Music Association.
“Lately, I’ve been a little discontent with vocalists in country music mainstream, but after listening to Mr. Carlos Washington go after the mic,… I’ve found what I’ve been looking for since the early 2010’s. He’s got the smoothest style of attack I’ve heard in a long time”
- Bethany Page – Vents Magazine
“Mood is everything in this genre, and even when he isn’t singing, Washington is inspiring all of the emotionality that the Steel Horse Swing pump out without skipping beat. He’s an artist who likes to play by his own rules, and ironically, it’s those very rules that are yielding some of the more straightforward vibes I’ve heard in country this year.”
- Anne Hollister - The Indie Source, The Indie Music Review
“In a sea of Bob Wills emulators, it’s refreshing to find the Folks who don’t mind putting their own stamp on the genre! The driver of this group is just such a folk”
- Rick Huff - Best of The West Review.
Opening and Performances with Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Mark Chestnut, Aaron Tippin, John Anderson, Boy Howdy, Dan Seals, Little River Band, Terry McBride, Daryle Singletary, Confederate Railroad
Awards / Finalists
Australia Oz Country Radio
2023 Top 5 Song - Little Bit of Texas
Academy of Western Artists
2022 Western Swing Male Vocalist, Western Song “Last Cattle Guard”
2021 Western Swing Song, Western Swing Male Vocalist,
2019 Western Swing Song & Album “Little Bit of Texas”, Western Swing Male Vocalist
2018 Will Rogers Award Western Swing Song of the Year “Swing Time Baby”
2018 Western Swing Male Vocalist
International Western Music Association
2022 Entertainer, Male Performer, Cowboy Swing Album “Little Bit of Texas”
2021 Male Performer
2020 Cowboy Western Swing Album “Little Bit of Texas”
2019 Group of the Year, Cowboy Western Swing Album “Little Bit of Texas”
2018 Group of the Year, Cowboy Western Swing Album “Swing Time Baby”
Professional Country Cowboy Artist Association
2018 Male Vocalist, Song of the Year “I’ve Got a Feeling for You”
Swing Time Baby and Little Bit of Texas Albums
National & Global Hits on the Western Radio Charts for over 5 years; playing in the US, UK England, Spain, France, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, and the Netherlands.
“ There isn’t a single song on Little Bit of Texas that doesn’t have the potential to get stuck in your head, which is a lot more than I can say about a lot of the biggest chart-toppers in or outside of the Nashville scene this year.” - Garth Thomas
“Carlos, you are in the company of many great artists because you are yourself a great artist. FRH Radio loves you and your music”
— Kay Cook-Abbott, FRH, United Kingdom (UK)