Search this site

ROSE SINCLAIR and SWING SHACK Appearing Fri May 9th 2014 at 8:00pm

Western Swing with Steel Guitar
Ace Rose Sinclair from Austin Texas

Tickets: 15.00

Rose Sinclair and Swing Shack serves up chicken-fried standards and western swing for your listening and dancing pleasure. Grab your boots, tuck in your shirt, and come kick up some dust on the dance floor. Let's swang!

Rose has toured as a multi-instrumentalist with bands across the U.S., Canada and Europe, making appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage”, “E-Town” and more. Based out of Austin Texas, Rose was nominated for album (“Lone Star Landing”) and instrumentalist of the year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2013.  Swing Shack delivers a swinging stampede of soulful vocals, archtop guitar, old-school steel, barrelhouse piano and bunkhouse bass.     Tonight they team up for a fantastic evening of listenable, danceable Western Swing music.

Swing Shack includes local favorite Vollie McKenzie on guitar and vocals contributing his strong tenor, superb musicianship and clear sense of what it takes to keep dancers happy. Bob Willoughby (piano) and Jeff Hersk (bass) will also be on hand.

Put on yer dancing’ shoes!

Western Swing originated in the dance halls of the Texas and Oklahoma in the late 20s and 30s.  The music taps into string band fiddle tunes, Dixieland, big band stylings, blues, Gypsy jazz and Hawaiian music.  The  steel guitar is a key part of the Western Swing wound.  Steel guitar gets its name from the metal bar that players slide along the strings to produce the instrument’s liquid twang. Steel guitars were among the first instruments to be electrified, and over the years they accumulated multiple necks to accommodate different tunings. Although the steel guitar eventually evolved into the highly complex pedal steel used in country music, Rose Sinclair is an advocate of the non-pedal version. Playing her twin-neck Fender steel, she’s mastered the sounds heard on classic Western swing recordings and infused them with her own personality.

Rose Sinclair has played in bands for years, entertaining at festivals, honky tonks, and theaters in the United States, Canada, and Europe, from NYC’s Town Hall to the Carter Family Fold. In 2013, Rose recorded with Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round (Valcour Records), and played three Louisiana Crossroads shows, backing up Grand Ole Opry star Jimmie C. Newman. She played the main stage at the Texas Steel Guitar Association Jamboree in Dallas, as well as the Southern Illinois, Denver, and Nashville steel guitar shows. She was a featured artist at the Austin and San Antonio steel guitar clubs, and opened for Asleep at the Wheel. In April, Rose recorded “Lone Star Landing,” a CD of jazz standards, Texas style, with her quartet, which is receiving airplay in the U.S. and Europe. Mike Gross featured Rose in a “Steel Guitar Musician Spotlight” on the 8/11 edition of “Swingin’ West,” his award-winning internet radio show ( She was also featured on Bob Wills Radio, and Highwaywoman Radio.

Rose is a true multi-instrumentalist....adept on banjo, single and triple-row button accordions, piano accordion, upright bass, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonium, ukulele, mbira, and tap shoes. Rose has taught at music camps including Centrum, Ashokan and Augusta Heritage Center, and appears on over 30 recordings, and four independent film soundtracks.

Rose was a founding member (along with Tara Nevins [Donna the Buffalo], Beverly Smith and June Drucker) of Green Linnet recording artists, the Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet, an influential alt-trad stringband that toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and Germany during 1986-1996.

Based in western Massachusetts from 1996-2012, Rose played steel guitar with Girl Howdy and Twin Guitar Swing, upright bass with the Westernaires, and button accordion with Planet Zydeco. She also did West Coast and European tours playing banjo, slide guitar, harmonium and ukulele with the San Francisco-based Crooked Jades, who were cited in 2009 by prestigious British magazine fRoots as “one of the 10 reasons to celebrate American roots music.”

In 2009 she worked with African dance choreographers Chuck Davis and Amaniyea Payne as a musician and body percussionist with the Sankofa Dance Project.   In May 2010, she was part of a residency in San Francisco with the Crooked Jades and the Kate Weare modern dance company. The collaborative piece, “Bright Land,” was premiered at the Joyce Theater in New York City in August 2010, and on the West Coast at ODC in San Francisco in April 2011.