Hard-drivin’ Western Swing from Austin, TX

Recent Updates:

Academy of Western Artists Nominations 

The Academy of Western Artists has honored the Hot Texas Swing Band as a Top 5 Finalist in 2 categories:

Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year - Selena Rosanbalm 
Western Swing Song of the Year - Alex's original "Way Too Soon"

Hot Texas Swing Band Day 

After a performance in City Council Chambers, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed October 17, 2013 Hot Texas Swing Band Day.


On the Charts: 'Bout Time 

Hot Texas Swing Band's 2nd album, 'Bout Time, charted in the Top Ten of the Freeform Americana Roots Charts in June, July and August, 2013.

Austin Chronicle: 'Bout Time Review 

While Asleep at the Wheel’s carried the torch of Western Swing and kept it alive and well, they’ve also lit the way for outfits like the Hot Texas Swing Band. Hot Texas leans heavily to the Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys-style swing, the kind that makes you wish for the nearest wooden dancefloor. Such songs as “Beam Me Up, Mr. Scotch” feature ace fiddler Jon Kemppainen two-steps its way into the corny country song title turf, just as bandleader Alex Dormont likely planned, and waltzes its way out with the lovely “Roses in Summer Rain.” Judy Collins’ “Someday Soon” fits Selena Rosanbalm’s suede vocals much as the chestnut “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and Willie Nelson classic toast “Nightlife” fit neatly in with Dormont’s farm-fresh originals. The good thing about swing is that it never goes out of style, and Hot Texas Swing Band bounces that country boogie with panache. 

- Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle

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