Syd is a singer and writer of traditional western music. He is the author and recording artist of the Official State Cowboy Song of New Mexico and in 2012 was recognized as The Academy of Western Artists National Male Vocalist of the Year. His latest CD won “Best Country CD” & “Best Song” amidst 5 nominations at the 2014 New Mexico Music Industry Awards. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and The New Mexico Music Industry have combined to nominate him for more than 40 awards over the past 15 years. “Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Album,” Best Band,” Most Humorous Song,” and “Best Song” are some of the categories in which he was victorious.
Earlier this century the US Department of State named him Cultural Ambassador for his work entertaining the secret service departments of 26 foreign countries in the Diplomatic Security Antiterrorism Assistance Program. Syd has been seen on television commercials and billboards throughout the west as spokesman for the Powerball Lottery Campaign. His original compositions have been used in numerous film productions ranging from documentaries and television broadcasts to the Universal Studios motion picture “Paul” where he can also be seen as an actor in the film. He and his Swing Riders are a highly talented, thoroughly funny, good time cowboy band out to save vintage western music one two-step at a time!