Dave Stuckey: Pass the Swingin’ Music, Pappy!

Guitarist-drummer-vocalist Dave “Pappy” Stuckey is also a bandleader, and he is greatly admired by musicians, dancers and listeners across several genres. Dave is also—literally—an award-winning musician! Hal Smith: Earlier this year you were the recipient of a prestigious musical award. Can you describe that award and the circumstances surrounding the presentation? Dave Stuckey: Oh man, what a gas! Eight years ago the Ameripolitan Music Awards were created by a terrific country singer named Dale Watson and his wife (also a great singer) Celine Lee— to recognize contemporary artists upholding traditional roots-influenced musical formats (Western Swing, Honky-Tonk, Rockabilly and Outlaw), to distinguish themselves from the formats produced by the mainstream country pop music industry. In February this year I received an award in the Western Swing Male category at the ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s a tremendous musical weekend, with all the nominated performers playing sets all over the city. (You really haven’t lived till you get to do that amongst the friendly ghosts of W.C. Handy, Lil Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, Buster Bailey, B.B. King, Joe Hill Louis...and all the great Rock ’n’ Roll and Soul artists too. It’s a magical vibe).
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Hal Smith is an Arkansas-based drummer and writer. He leads the New Orleans Night Owls and the
Mortonia Seven and works with a variety of jazz and swing bands. Visit him online at

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