Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas nominated for "Best Vocal JAZZ Album of 2017"

Chicago's Western Swing Band Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas was recently nominated for "Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2017" by the Just Plain Folks Music Assoc.

The band has been crossing over between Jazz and Country Western Swing since the album's release in 2015, with reviews and awards coming in from both sides. They hit the Country Western Swing Chart at #1 in August of 2015 with the tune "I'm a Fool to Care" and were given a 4.5 star review from Downbeat, which put the album in Downbeat's top 50 jazz albums of 2015

"Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas includes some of Chicago's best Jazz and Country players. The group is pure Cowboy Jazz, and Miles adds a lively vocal style that brings to mind a winning blend of Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday. " - DownBeat Magazine

They also were awarded "Best Western Swing Song" by the Academy of Western Swing" and were featured on BBC Radio by Marie Chrichton Country, so the band has been crossing over genres since their debut.

Miles' mentor, Chicago Swing violinist Johnny Frigo, who once led the Western Swing band "The Chore Boys" on Chicago's WLS Barn Dance, might be very pleased to see the bands success on both sides of the fence.

"Vocalist Solitaire Miles comes out of the Patsy Cline tradition. She sings Western Swing material with warm highs and holds her lows neatly. There's a jazziness about Miles's phrasing, but she holds fast to a sound reminiscent of roadside bars where just three people are left near closing at the pinball machine." - Marc Meyers Jazz Wax

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