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SLIDE SHOW #2:  THE FOLKS THAT TAUGHT US TO PLAY WESTERN SWING
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AL DRESSEN’S SUPER SWING REVUE

PLAYING WESTERN SWING LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO SOUND.  THIRTY TWO YEARS AGO, in july of 1982, THEIR FIRST GIG AS A WESTERN SWING BAND WAS  AT AUSTIN’S  FAMOUS BROKEN SPOKE DANCE HALL.  The spoke and it's owners are also inductees in the Texas western swing hall of fame and the place to go if you want to enjoy great dance music in Austin.   AT THIS TIME, in 1982, THERE WAS ONLY A HANDFULL OF FULL TIME WESTERN SWING BANDS IN TEXAS.   VOCALIST AL DRESSEN, an austin based musician  who was INDUCTED INTO THE TEXAS WESTERN SWING HALL OF FAME IN 2009 is the group's bandleader.  Al says the revue learned to play western swing at w.s.u., Western swing University.  they took lessons from their teachers there, professors remington, rausch, boatright, white, beasley, and rowe.  In other words, the revue played with these former texas playboys from about 1985 until the early 90's.      

IN THE EARLY YEARS THE BAND INCLUDED SUCH GREATS OF THE WESTERN SWING WORLD AS WESTERN SWING HALL OF FAME MEMBERS  JIMMY DAY AND HERB REMINGTON ON STEEL GUITAR, BOB WHITE, ernie hunter, homer logan, jason roberts, BOB BOATRIGHT, RICKY TURPIN,  AND BUDDY BEASLEY ON FIDDLES, LOUISE ROWE ON BASS, FLOYD DOMINO ON PIANO,  ERIK HOKKANEN ON GUITAR, AND VOCALISTS LEON RAUSCH, MARYANN PRICE, CHRIS OCONNELL AND JANET LYNN.  OTHER GREAT MUSICIANS FROM THE REVUE’S PAST INCLUDE GUITARISTS CHRIS SONNENBERG AND JUNIOR BROWN, FIDDLERs bill mabry, KATIE HOLMES,  and gene elders, STEEL GUITARISTS LYNN FRAZIER AND MARK ERLEWINE, VOCALISTS  DOUG DAVIS , JANE QUISENBERRY, KRIS BARNES, TISH HINOJOSA, TANA COCHRAN, kimmy rhoades,  AND SHERRY BARR WALKER, drummers DONNIE DOLAN and Michael Christian, DALE DENNIS AND ROBERT POOL ON BASS, and PAUL MCKEE, JON BLONDELL, GARY VAgjRT AND AL GIBSON ON HORNS.

TODAY’S BAND INCLUDES WESTERN SWING  HALL OF FAME MUSICIANS LIKE PAUL GLASSE ON MANDOLIN (ALSO A FOUNDING MEMBER), DENNY MATHIS ON STEEL GUITAR,  WES STARR AND NEAL CLAUSNITZER ON DRUMS,  PIANIST DANNY LEVIN, BASS GUITARIST AND VOCALIST BILLY DEE, GUITARIST AND VOCALIST LONNIE ATKINSON, AND FIDDLER HOWARD KALISH.  OTHER WESTERN SWING GREATS IN THE BAND INCLUDE  rhythm guitarist ronnie stewart, AND MARK KAZANOFF ON SAX.

WE ARE PROUD OF ALL OF THE SUPER SWING REVUE MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT.   THEY HELPED DEVELOPED A SOUND THAT FEW CAN MATCH.  EVERY ONE OF THEM IS A GREAT PLAYER OF DIFFERENT MUSICAL STYLES INCLUDING COUNTRY, SWING, JAZZ, BLUES, COWBOY OR WESTERN, LATIN, CAJUN, GOSPEL, AND DIXIE.  GUESS THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM WESTERN SWING PLAYERS, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WESTERN SWING IS.  WE ARE ALSO PROUD TO PLAY WHAT IS DESIGNATED AS THE OFFICIAL MUSICAL STYLE OF TEXAS, WESTERN SWING.  recently the band was the winner of the 2013 Western swing band of the year award presented by the academy of western artists!!  we are very honored.  
  
CHECK OUT THE SONGLIST PAGE FOR A LISTING SHOWING THE TYPE OF MUSIC THE BAND PLAYS.  THE BAND just completed WORKING ON A NEW CD that was released on january 1, 2013. 

THE BAND GOES BY ANOTHER NAME ONCE PER MONTH, on the second sunday of the month, WHEN THEY PLAY AT the original BLACK’S BBQ IN LOCKHART, TEXAS.  (LOCKHART IS THe PLACE AL WAS BORN).  AT BLACK’S the  band USEs THE NAME  AL DRESSEN’S BBQ PLAYBOYS, and they play here FROM 1 TIL 4 PM.   THE BAND ALSO PLAYS regularly AT places like THE COTTON CLUB IN granger, THE CONTINENTAL CLUB in austin, GRUENE HALL in Gruene, ANHALT DANCE HALL IN sPRING BRANCH, AND GUERO'S TACO BAR IN AUSTIN.

WE HOPE TO SEE ALL OF OUR OLD AND NEW FRIENDS AT A DANCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  WEAR YOUR DANCIN’ BOOTS!!

 

The Super Swing Revue at the Driskill Hotel in Austin in 1987.
The Super Swing Revue on the Capitol grounds in 1986.
The Revue Playing at the Cotton Club in Granger in 2012.
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