Northwest NEWS

September 2, 2002


Local artist Robin Deeter is 'The Queen of Western Swing'

 Entertainer Robin Deeter, a Duvall resident, was nominated in three categories of Western Swing music at this year's Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Awards in Fort Worth, Texas, for "CD of the Year" for her "Heart to Heart" CD, "Song of the Year" for "The Man in the Moon," and "Female Western Swing Vocalist of the Year."
   She brought home the one award she said she thought she had no chance of winning "Female Western Swing Vocalist of the Year."
   Robin grew up with Western Swing music as a part of her daily life. Her father, Wayne Thomas, played fiddle and lead guitar with some of the icons of this particular music style and is a member of the Pioneers of Western Swing Hall of Fame.
   She remembers Bob Wills sleeping on their couch and T. Texas Tyler bouncing her on his knee.
   Her music room is lined with memorabilia she has been handed down as well as of past performances of her own.
   She has been on stage since she was two years of age. Robin has appeared in five Broadway musicals, playing the lead role of Bloody Mary opposite Howard Keel in South Pacific.
   She has been a member of several bands as well as having two bands of her own.
   Most recently, she appeared at Ernest Tubbs Record Shop, The Holiday Inn North and Big Balls of Cowtown in Fort Worth, Texas.
   She will be in Nashville in September, performing for the King Eagle Airplay International Awards, where she is also nominated for a "Golden Mike" and "Career Achievement" award.
   Her latest CD, WANTED: Robin Deeter, The Queen of Western Swing, was released June 24 and already has one song from it, "Shoulder You Cry On," at number eight on the International Hot Country Singles Charts.
   She is a Stardust International Recording Artist.