About the Band

New York’s Premier Western Swing & Honky-Tonk Band

The Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave was founded in 1995 by guitarist Whit Smith, now with Austin-based Hot Club Of Cowtown, who enlisted some of the finest Western musicians in the New York area. Since then, New York’s Premier Western Swing & Honky-Tonk Band has been serving up classic Country, Western Swing and Honky-Tonk standards, as well as their own engaging originals, to Western Music connoisseurs, homesick Texans, and devoted followers from Sweden to Japan.

Band photo credit Bob Krasner

Members of the band include:
Steve Alcott – bass
Thirsty Dave Hansen – vocals
Skip Krevens – pedal steel 
Van Manakas – guitar
Bob Mastro – violin
Kenny Kosek – violin
Dave Sonneborn – drums & vocals 
Joe Kerr – piano*                                                                                                                Valued and beloved alternates: John Widgren – pedal steel & Larry Eagle – drums