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.

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                                                                                                               Valued and beloved alternates: John Widgren – pedal steel & Larry Eagle – drums