Wendell Ferguson

wendell ferguson + the smokin' section

saturday, september 17 @ 3:30 pm

Wendell Ferguson is first and foremost a guitarist. He’s been playing since he was 7 years old. As he says, “It’s taken me over 40 years to become a child prodigy.” He’s played and recorded with some pretty big names in the business, straddling several genres of music. Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvia Tyson, Deana Carter, Keith Urban, Buddy Miller, Jane Siberry, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Tommy Hunter, George Fox, Duane Steele, Tracy Bird, Gary Allan, The Arrogant Worms, Quartette, Ian Tyson, James Keelaghan, Al Cherney, Lisa Brokop, Jason McCoy, Cindy Church, The Bebop Cowboys, Mila Mason, Mindy McCready, Matraca Berg, Susan Werner, JP Cormier, Terri Clark, Gil Grand, Vance Gilbert, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, The Good Brothers, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Brandt, Bob Snider, Murray McLauchlan, Katherine Wheatley, Suzie Vinnick, Lynn Miles, Prairie Oyster, George Canyon… the list is endless.

And he’s won his fair share of awards doing it. He’s won the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Associations’) Guitar Player of the Year Award so many times they had to retire him from the running. An unprecedented string of wins from 1995 to 2001. Along with 3 more wins CCMA for ‘Back-up Band of the Year’. Throw in a Juno nomination for his band Coda the West and a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association, His album “The $#!T Hits The Fans” was nominated for the 2006 Album of the Year at the CCMAs. As well as an earlier nomination for “Vocal Collaboration of the Year” for a duet with Prairie Oysters’ Russell deCarle. His DVD “Wendell’s Cranky Christmas” has placed first in both the Houston International Film Festival and the New York International Independent Film Festival. In both instances it won for Best Musical Short. Also his recent his CD, “Menage A Moi” won the “Best Instrumental Album at the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards. He’s been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as the 2014 Artist Inductee. And he’s currently completing his 7th product. A new CD that should see light of day in 2022.

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