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Western Swing Monthly's Man of the Year: John Wooley

John Wooley: Host of Swing on ThisAND Western Swing Monthly's Man of the Year. Western Swing Monthly is the premiere publication for swing music and its fans. Be sure to listen to John on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Congratulations, John! We couldn't be more proud! 

Now going into its 20th year, Western Swing Monthly is the publication that brings the international world of western-swing music together. I’ve known Barbara Martin, who edits and publishes the magazine out of Austin, for years now; she’s a good friend who shares my love for the genre. Having said that, however, I also have to say I’m flabbergasted about being chosen WSM’s newest Man of the Year. To give an idea of how big a deal this is, I should note that the last two honorees were Herb Remington, the great Texas Playboys steel guitarist from Bob Wills’ MGM years; and Red Steagall, a towering figure in cowboy-music and western-swing circles. From the very beginning of Swing on This, I’ve been playing songs from both of these artists; to be joining them as a WSM Man of the Year makes me feel both deeply humble and very happy. John Wooley