in building a legacy that enhances our understanding of Western
Americana. Combining classic favorites with
colorful songwriting, his music paints a vivid landscape of
the emotions and dreams that move within each of us. The
quality of this singer's melodies branch from his accomplished
musicianship, adoration of the mountains and prairies he calls home,
and an elevated warmth for those who dance, listen and smile along with
his songs. He and his Swing Riders are a highly talented,
thoroughly funny, good time
youngest of four children in a family of musicians, Syd was cognizant
of many styles of music at an early age. One can hear the
influences of jazz, blues, classical, big band swing, gospel and folk
all come together in his writing and arrangements of western music.
Syd performs his unique brand of unspoiled guitar playing intermingled
with the occasional saxophone, concertina, clarinet, bass, piano, or
percussion feature. He seldom leaves an audience waiting very
long before busting into a lively chorus of energetic yodeling.
recordings under the Vision label, "Cowboys on the Moon," "Live
& "Swingin'," "Sunset on the Rio Grande" and "Swingin' Around
the Christmas Tree" have given birth to new audiences around the world.
His newest work, "The Cowboy Sings," is a compilation of recent
songwriting and traditional classics.
timeless melody "Under New Mexico Skies" was given the honorable title
of "Official Cowboy Song of the State of New Mexico" by Governor Bill
Richardson. The New Mexico Music Industry has presented him
with awards for "Country Song of the Year," "Best Vocal Performance,"
and "Most Humorous Song." His 2007 NMMI award for "Vocalist
of the Year" made him the only person to ever win it
twice. Syd has been seen on television commercials and
billboards throughout the west as spokesman for the Powerball Lottery
national scene both The Western Music Association and The Academy of
Western Artists have awarded or nominated Syd numerous times for Best
Male Vocalist, Best Western Swing Band, Best Album, Song,
Songwriter, and Entertainer. Alibi Music Magazine placed
"Cowboys on the Moon" number eight on its Ten Best CD's to Buy list for
the U.S. Department of State presented Syd with an award at a banquet
held in his honor for his service as Cultural Ambassador in the Bureau
of Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance Program.
Radio stations in more than twenty countries air his music on a regular
basis world wide.
lead vocals and humorous wit make for an unforgettable live
performance. He prides himself in always presenting the
appropriate show for each particular venue. Pulling from a
seemingly endless repertoire of material, he'll keep folks dancing,
laughing, and singing along.
most notable about Syd Masters is how greatly he treasures what he
does. The accolades are but an added bonus for an individual
who is simply doing what he was put on this earth to do. His
sincere approach to his music adds a blossoming quality to the genre he
so highly respects. Through live performances and recorded
works, Syd passes on to the rest of us his ever growing contribution to
the legacy of Western Music.
a lucky guy. My passion and my career are
one." Syd Masters