The Western Flyers

The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting bands to glide on to the music scene in years! Their unique sound is a cross section of the Great American Songbook: classic western swing, hot jazz & swing standards, vintage country & cowboy songs, and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes. The trio features archtop guitar slinger Joey McKenzie, who brings his dynamic rhythm guitar style and smooth vocals to the band - along with Katie Glassman, a 3-time National Swing Fiddle Champion and vintage-style singer extraordinaire. The "Baron of the Bass," Gavin Kelso, compliments the band in a mighty way with his incredible upright bass playing and baritone vocals. Dubbed "The Biggest Little Band in the Land", folks often comment, "You guys sound bigger than you look"!

In 2017, The Western Flyers were honored to receive recognition for their contributions to traditional American music. The year started with a bang by being presented the coveted Ameripolitan Award for "Best Western Swing Group"! The Flyers' were also honored to bring home both the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists  "Western Swing Album of the Year" award (for their debut album "Wild Blue Yonder"), and Katie was on cloud nine to be crowned "Female Western Swing Vocalist of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists. Equally at ease on the concert stage, music festivals, and smaller performing arts venues, the Flyers' appeal to a diverse cross section of enthusiastic music fans young and old. Blending tradition with musical innovation, The Western Flyers entertaining show is sure to astound the music fan in all of us. 

I love The Western Flyers. They are a fearlessly dedicated band that swings hard. Joey, Katie and Gavin, in the words of Handsome Harry, “Lay it down where it stays down till they leave town”. Their music makes me smile. When I listen to them play I know that I am in the presence of modern masters in motion.
— Marty Stuart
Every once in a while a new musical group comes along that absolutely blows your ears back. It’s been a long time since I have seen a group as exciting as The Western Flyers. While the trio is new, the musicians are seasoned pros, combining the incredible rhythm guitar playing of Joey McKenzie with the flaming fiddle of Katie Glassman and the upright bass of Gavin Kelso. With all members sharing vocal duties, they deliver everything from western swing and jazz to cowboy and country with an infectious energy and virtuosity that will leave you knowing you have just seen and heard the best of the “real deal.
— Charlie Seeman, Executive Director Emeritus, Western Folklife Center