Swingfield Playboys

Swingfield Playboys

 Houston, Texas, USA
BandCountryJazz

"Martini and Western" music for the refined redneck. Hillbilly Jazz. Americana standards from the '30's and '40's with originals. Steel guitar, fiddle, electric and acoustic guitars, upright bass, drums, and strong vocals. "Keenly upholstered music and mirth". Imagine Fats Waller with Bob Wills.

Biography

The Swingfield Playboys play Americana music with no restraint. Picture Bob Wills, Jimmy Rogers, Fats Waller, and Cole Porter in the same band. Vintage songs with contemporary originals that could be mistaken for songs from the 1930's or 1940's. This seven piece band has roots in Texas Swing as well as Tin Pan Ally. Strong, pulsating rhythm, dominate vocals, melodic songs, mixed with virtuoso lead work. Tight, structured orchestration with an ability to improvise at will, combined with an irreverent attitude makes this outfit a multi-level, live entertainment experience. Dance, listen and laugh!

HERB REMINGTON - Pedal Steel Guitar
Member of International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame, Western Swing Hall of Fame, and 13 other Halls of Fame. Alumnus of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys [1946-1950]. Also performed with Spade Cooley, Tex Williams, T. Texas Tyler after his Bob Wills stint. Moved to Texas from California and joined Floyd Tillman. Along the way recorded with George Jones and others. More recently was featured on the Asleep at The Wheel's Grammy winning 'Ride with Bob' recordings. Currently performs with The Swingfield Playboys and The River Road Boys. He did all this sober and proudly.

RON CRICK - Rhythm Guitar.Vocals, Lead Tongue
Started out in the early 1970's in Kansas City, Greenwich Village and Chicago as a singer/songwriter. Recorded with the Ron Crick Band on Mountain Railroad Records, mid '70's. Toured music rooms and colleges during the late '70's as a comedian/singer/songwriter. Led the band Swingshift in Chicago [late '70's] which featured Steve Goodman, Jethro Burns, Howard Levy [his first band] and singer Diane Holmes. This was the proto-type for The Swingfield Playboys. Fell in with the comedy community at Houston's famed Comedy Workshop in the early '80's, home of many comedians on the way up. Appeared on Showtime with Billy Crystal. Opening act for everyone from Jerry Jeff Walker to John Prine to Maynard Ferguson. Co-wrote: " Hello,This is Anna" a novelty country song recorded in Nashville by O.B. McClinton. Appeared with songwriter Don McClean at Houston's Rockefeller's night club in August 1983 and was invited to open McClean's annual Thanksgiving show at Carnegie Hall with Wayne on guitar.

LONNIE PETTIT - Lead Vocals
Attended Julliard for a semester, toured Europe and U.S. with a 12-piece vocal group 1973-1975. Performed with The Pettit Brothers and Rooster Junction around Texas and the Caribbean 1976-1981. Singer, guitar and mandolin, hunter, fisherman and a swell cook.

WAYNE WILKERSON - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Houston's most called upon guitar accompianist. Owned the 3rd Collings guitar ever made. Still plays them. Along with Darry Pettit [Lonnies brother] he was the first act to play Mcgonigel's Mucky Duck. Performed with many songwriters at The Kerrville Folk Festival. Performed with Ron Crick since the late '70's. Accompanied Crick at Carnegie Hall as opening act for songwriter Don McClean [Nov. 1983]. Played with Tom Paxton.

JEFF DUNCAN - Violin/Fiddle & Vocals
Classically trained since age 4. Music major at Trinity University in San Antonio. Played with Trinity University Symphony. Shared the stage with The Bellamy Brothers, Django Walker among others. Invited to Mark O'Conner's Master Class fiddle/violin camp in Canada. Records with many songwriters in Texas.

BILL COLLIN - Drums
Graduate of North Texas State in 1978 as a music major, and a member of their prestigious 2:00 Lab Band. Performed with many bands in Houston over the years live and in the studio. Steady as a rock on drums.

DAVID CRAIG - Upright Bass
Graduate of Houston's HSPVA [High School of the Performing and Visual Arts]. Has toured and/or recorded with: Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Tal Farlow and more. Currently performs with The Houston Symphony Orchestra. Artist in Residance/Clinician at HSPVA. Frequently seen in jazz combos at local clubs in Houston when time permits.

Discography

Debut CD: Swingfield Playboys "Martini & Western" Music for the Refined Redneck featuring Herb Remington

Set List

Heart Full of Texas
Get the Hell Outta Dodge
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Ain't Misbehavin'
Tell Me Baby
After You've Gone
Whose Love
I Heard That
Later When I'm Straighter
Undecided
Head South
Skeleton
Wake Me When This is Over
Shine