Northwest Western Swing Music "Hall of Fame" 2011

in this photo: Howie James, Gerry Adamus (who nominated him), John York president of BC chapter, Reid Jamieson (Howie’s great-nephew, producer, and Vinyl Cafe regular). Photos by Carolyn V. Mill (Howie’s manager and great-niece!)

Howie James got himself inducted into the
Northwest Western Swing Music "Hall of Fame"!
on Sun Aug 14, 2011 in Auburn, WA

Nanaimo’s own Howie James to be inducted into the Northwest American Western Swing Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 14th, 2011 in Auburn Washington, along with fellow Canadian (and Howie’s mentor) Danny Romaniuk.

westernswing-500.jpgAt 79 years young Howie was very honoured to be inducted into the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 14, along with Danny Romaniuk (posthumous); Howie's mentor and good friend with whom he performed extensively in the 1960's, and recorded an LP "Western Swing from Canada's West" in 1962. Four days of Western Swing dance music by bands from all over the US with Howie James and the Canadian Allstars performing all weekend.



Dreamin' Old Dreams – featuring Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) from DON’T BE ASHAMED:

I Can't Stop Loving You (Gibson) - – from WESTERN SWING


"(DONT BE ASHAMED) Very impressed...you'll want to listen to it again and again...(Howie) has paid his dues and has not lost his touch."  - Western Swing Music Society 2009 CANADA.

"One heck of a musician" - Nanaimo Daily News


westernswing-500.jpgHOWIE JAMES LIVE

Date/Time: Fri Aug 12 - 9pm, Sat Aug 13 - 6pm, Sun Aug.14 - 6pm, 2011.
Event: Northwest Western Swing Music Festival & "Hall of Fame"
Venue: Auburn Eagles Club--702 "M" Street SE, Auburn, Wa. 425-374-2452
Admission: $5 per day (Thursday FREE)
Links: http://www.nwwsms.org/events_2011.htm

More local dates here: http://howiejames.com/gigs.html



HOWIE JAMES BIO (for the full story on Howie, including some pretty cool trivia from crooning with Spock to modelling for the Hudson’s Bay Co – see this link here: http://howiejames.com/about.html)


Howie James was born Feb. 6, 1932 near Powassan, Ontario. His father was an old-time fiddler and his idol was Don Messer.  At age 4, Howie would fall asleep listening to the Grand Old Opry and by the age of 15 he was playing western music for local dances and singing on the radio every Saturday afternoon.  He saw a traveling band played the town hall and was so taken by it that he quit school to tour with the Prairie Ramblers 6 nights a week while playing regularly on the radio to promote each show. In 1962 Howie joined Evan Kemp on the Cross Canada Barn Dance. He shone as a backup singer, soloist and rhythm guitarist for this national TV broadcast which went coast to coast and included guests like Johnnie Cash with whom he shares a birthday. Howie’s big break came when he met Danny Romaniuk, a consummate musician who became his musical mentor in the 60s.

Howie made a couple of early recordings on vinyl including a long player of Western Swing (from Canada’s West) with Danny Romaniuk and his Tumbleweeds. The legendary swing musician went on to encourage Howie to learn, of all things, jazz guitar. And so this country troubadour expanded his repertoire just as the liquor laws were about to be revamped to initiate Vancouver's great cabaret age. As a favour he once filled in for Romaniuk and that 2 night stand turned into a 6 year gig at The Quadra Club. With his gorgeous 50’s Gibson in hand Howie kept busy over the years performing live at clubs, festivals and benefits, becoming one of the highest paid lounge acts in the city. Many years have passed and Howie’s enormous repertoire now spans generations and genres, just like his audience. He surprised many who thought him retired by writing and releasing his first album of original music in 2008 called ‘Don’t Be Ashamed’. Produced by his great-nephew Reid Jamieson (Vinyl Cafe), this swinging disc includes the western ditty ‘Dreamin’ Old Dreams’ featuring Anne Lindsay of Blue Rodeo on fiddle.

Howie with his wife Vi Jamieson



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