After 10 years of touring with The Quebe Sisters Band (Joey was the Quebe's fiddle/vocal teacher, musical arranger and guitarist), Joey McKenzie is stepping into this exciting new musical journey. The award winning multi-instrumentalist and archtop guitar slinger brings his signature style and archtop rhythm guitar expertise to the group along with Katie Glassman - 2-time National Fiddle Champion and vintage-style singer extraordinaire, and the incomparable world-class upright bass playing of Gavin Kelso. Blending tradition with musical innovation, McKenzie and Kelso comprise one of the most electrifying and swinging two-man rhythm sections in the business, and when you add Katie Glassman's phenomenal fiddle playing and singing you get one of the mightiest and exciting trios on the music scene today. Check out a video!
Every once in a while a new musical group comes along that absolutely blows your ears back. Its 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 Joey and Katie also 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 & National Cowboy Gathering - Elko, NV
Joey McKenzie is a natural musical wonder. He is such a gifted band leader, musician, arranger and musical visionary. I truly admire him. I always keep an eye out for rhythm specialists. When I first heard Joey play I proclaimed him the best, rock solid. He takes care of business at the microphone in a mighty way. Marty Stuart
Joey McKenzie: Master of the guitar! As you watch him play, you know he has been blessed with power and perfect control over the instrument. In my opinion, he is the greatest guitar player this side of Heaven. He is an Icon, and my hero.
Leon Rhodes - Ernest Tubb & his Texas Troubadours