Al Dressen's Super Swing Revue





Al Dressen's Super Swing Revue
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PLAYING WESTERN SWING LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO SOUND.   THIRTY YEARS AGO, THEIR FIRST GIG AS A WESTERN SWING BAND WAS IN JULY OF 1982, AT AUSTIN’S  FAMOUS BROKEN SPOKE DANCE HALL.  AT THIS TIME THERE WAS ONLY A HANDFULL OF FULL TIME WESTERN SWING BANDS IN TEXAS.   THEIR  BANDLEADER AND VOCALIST IS AL DRESSEN.  HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE TEXAS WESTERN SWING HALL OF FAME IN 2009 AND HAS BEEN AN AUSTIN BASED MUSICIAN SINCE HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. 

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, BOB BOATRIGHT, HOWARD KALISH, 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, STEEL GUITARISTS LYNN FRAZIER AND MARK ERLEWINE, VOCALISTS  DOUG DAVIS , JANE QUISENBERRY, KRIS BARNES, TISH HINOJOSA, TANA COCHRAN, AND SHERRY BARR WALKER, DONNIE DOLAN ON DRUMS, DALE DENNIS AND ROBERT POOL ON BASS, MICHAEL CHRISTIAN ON DRUMS, 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, AND PIANIST DANNY LEVIN.  OTHER WESTERN SWING GREATS IN THE BAND INCLUDE  AWARD WINNING FIDDLER AND VOCALIST RICKY TURPIN, GUITARIST AND VOCALIST LONNIE ATKINSON, BASS GUITARST AND VOCALIST BILLY DEE, FIDDLER AND VOCALIST KATIE HOLMES,  MARK KAZANOFF ON SAX, AND RONNIE STEWART ON RHYTHM GUITAR.

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.  THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM WESTERN SWING PLAYERS, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WESTERN SWING IS.   THE REVUE IS PROUD TO PLAY WHAT IS DESIGNATED AS THE OFFICIAL MUSICAL STYLE OF TEXAS, WESTERN SWING.  

THE BAND GOES BY ANOTHER NAME ONCE PER MONTH WHEN THEY PLAY AT BLACK’S BBQ IN LOCKHART, TEXAS (LOCKHART IS TH PLACE AL WAS BORN).  AT BLACK’S IT’S AL DRESSEN’S BBQ PLAYBOYS.  THE BAND PLAYS AT BLACK’S ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 1 TIL 4 IN THE AFTERNOON.    OTHER REGULAR GIGS INCLUDE THE CONTINENTAL CLUB, GRUENE HALL, AND THE GERONIMO VFW.

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

 

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