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Reveries

by Ghost Town Swing

A band with a unique blend of sultry 40's standards, 3-part female harmony, smooth jazz/blues/swing, pedal steel guitar, and the occasional contemporary "torch song" thrown in for good measure.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. moonglow
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2. texas kind attutude
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3. apple blossom time
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4. my romance
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5. sweetheart (waitress in a donut shop)
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6. i'll be your baby tonight
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7. lullaby of the leaves
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8. evenin'
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9. dream a little dream (of me)
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10. goody goody
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11. they can't take that away from me
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12. i don't know enough about you
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13. it's a sin to tell a lie
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14. ain't cha ever comin' back?
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15. twisted
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16. time after time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Album Review, Graffiti
?Ghost Town Swing
Reveries (CD)
This wonderful-sounding debut from Lewisburg''s venerable jazzbos Ghost Town Swing
revisits some standards from the ''40s and ''50s and gives a similar classic treatment to
some tunes from the ''60s and ''70s. Leading off with a silky smooth version of
""Moonglow,"" singer (and Lewisburg Noize scribe) Susanna Robinson is joined by
vocalists Jessica Chasnoff and Margaret Holz. From ""Apple Blossom Time"" and Dan
Hicks'' ""Texas Kinda Attitude"" to an easy swinging version of Dylan''s ""I''ll Be
Your Baby Tonight"" (featuring Don Drummer on pedal steel), the playing and singing
are dead-on all the way around. Drummer''s muted jazz chords and lead lines sit
beautifully on top of the rhythm section (drummer Tim Pyne and bassist Bob Thomas).
Both Robinson and sax man Al Jeter, a master of that sweet airy tenor tone, shine on
""Lullaby Of The Leaves"" and tear up the gently driving, minor-keyed ""Evenin''.""
Other tunes include ""They Can''t Take That Away From Me"" and Cyndi Lauper''s
""Time After Time."" While the prevailing attitude is that a band must perform original
material, this passel of familiar but not overdone songs is the perfect antidote to LPs filled
with inferior originals. Alpo.


? Ghost Town Swing

Ghost Town Swing is a Lewisburg-based band with
a unique blend of 40's standards, jazz/blues/swing, and the
occasional contemporary "torch song" thrown in for good
measure. Originally formed in the early 90's by guitarist DON
DRUMMER, songstress SUSANNA ROBINSON, and the late
great tenor saxophonist AL JETER, the band has played
regularly at numerous venues in both their hometown locale
and throughout West Virginia and Virginia, as well as in the
New York City area. Their sultry sounds and alluring
interpretations of tunes, at times reminiscent of the speak-
easies of long ago, have become the distinctive musical
signature that defines the style of Ghost Town Swing.

The smooth, refined sound of Don's vintage Gibson
guitar, the breathy smooth sound of Jeter's sax, added to
Susanna's smokey, melodious vocals combined to create a
chemistry rarely found among performers. Their performances
have been widespread and include swing dances for the
Southwest Virginia Swing Dance Society and the Friends Of
Old-Time Music And Dance (FOOTMAD). They have played for
the Parkersburg Jazz Society and for Huntington's annual Jazz-
MU-Tazz jazz festival, as well as for the Symphony Weekend
at Snowshoe, West Virginia. They were part of the musical
extravanganza West Virginia 2000: A Celebration of West
Virginia Music at Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall, where they have
been also been featured performers in the Ivy Terrace Concert
Series. They are regulars at the annual Mountain Music
Festival at the Appalachian South Folklife Center near
Pipestem, West Virginia. They have been guest performers at
several events presented by the Trillium Performing Arts
Collective, as well as having entertained at countless
weddings, reunions, festivals, and private parties. Don and Al
are regular performers at the renowned Greenbrier Resort, and
Susanna has appeared as a back-up singer on NPR's
Mountain Stage. The group has been featured in articles in
such publications as West Virginia Quarterly, Mid-Atlantic
Magazine, Graffiti, and several major newspapers.

The influences of the group are as diverse as the
personalities of the members. DON DRUMMER, Ghost Town's
guitarist, was one of the founding members of the 70's swing
band, THE FAT ANKLE BAND, and has played in several other
groups, including NEW TRANSMISSION, THE BOO-WAHS, THE
JUICE BAND, and SUZ AND THE SQUEEZERS. With musical
roots originally in Bluegrass music, he played both mandolin
and guitar, eventually mastering the pedal steel, traveling with
country bands and performing as a recording session
musician. Through all of these endeavors, the common
thread was Drummer's true love of jazz, evident in the jazz
flavor he has brought to all roads on his musical journey.
Influences include Jimmy Rainey, Charlie Christian, Barney
Kessel, and Buddy Emmons,

Vocalist SUSANNA ROBINSON has always had a feel for
jazz standards and "torch songs". She recalls that the song
her mother sang to rock her to sleep was the Andrews Sisters'
Lay That Pistol Down, Babe. "That was one of my earliest
memories," she recalls. "That was my lullaby." Also a former
member of the Roanoke-based SUZ AND THE SQUEEZERS,
THE JUICE BAND, and THE BOO-WAHS, as well as the folk-
blues ensemble BEYOND THERAPY, Robinson identifies her
single most important influence as Dan Hicks and his Hot
Licks. She feels that Dan's "acceptably laid-back, decadent
style" allowed the personalities of the performers to really
come through. Robinson maintains that Hicks has written
some of the best songs she has ever heard, many of which
she has, over the years, made her own. Other musical
inspirations include singers MaryAnn Price and Chris O'Connell
(now joining forces as the Austin duo "Ethyl and Methyl"),
Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Patti Cathcart (of Tuck and Patti), as
well as all of those "Sister Groups" of the 30's and 40's.

MARGARET HOLZ, a talented flute player and singer in
her own right, joins the ensemble most of the time. She
comes from a background of drama and musical theatre. She
is well known for her natural musical ability and continuously
impresses audiences with her strength in both technical
performance and inprovisation. She has performed in Brazil,
as well as in the United States. Margaret and Susanna are
former members of the Greenbrier Valley Chorale, performing
everything from Bach to Stephen Foster to madrigal pieces.

Margaret and Susanna, longtime friends, together with
Susanna's former vocal student JESSICA CHASNOFF,
sometimes perform as a euphonious "girl group" under the
name of "THE CAN'T RESIST'ER SISTERS", blending Western
Swing, "cornball country", standards, and ballads, all sung in
lovely three-part harmony. They have appeared in such
venues as Clifton Forge's Historic Stonewall Theatre, and have
been featured on live radio broadcasts from the small, but
very hip, radio station, WVMR in Frost, West Virginia, also
known as part of the Allegheny Radio Network. The trio has
also been featured on International Public Radio's Music from
the Mountains.

BOB THOMAS, from the internationally known string
band NO STRINGS ATTACHED, joins the ensemble as bass
player. Having opened for such diverse acts as Mary Wilson
and the Supremes to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Thomas
comes from the jazz, rock, and bluegrass worlds. Also one of
the vocalists in No Strings, he takes his role as "bassist" to
heart, also playing acoustic bass, bass clarinet, and bass
saxophone.

Drummer TIM PYNE is well known in the Lewisburg area
and beyond for his tasteful, refined drumming. He reliably
brings to the table a standard of excellence, as well as a
splendid sense of humor. He has played regularly for several
years at the Greenbrier Hotel and is often called upon for
special engagements with various bands, as well as being
featured in several productions at the Greenbrier Valley
Theatre.

Ghost Town Swing's performances have been
widespread and include playing for swing dances for the
Southwest Virginia Swing Dance Society and the Friends of
Old-Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD). They have played for
the Parkersburg Jazz Society, for Huntington's annual Jazz-MU-
Tazz festival, and for the Symphony Weekend at Snowshoe,
West Virginia. They were part of the musical extravaganza
West Virginia 2000: A Celebration of West Virginia Music at
Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall, where they have also been
featured performers in the Ivy Terrace Concert Series. Ghost
Town Swing was also one of the opening bands for Kathy
Mattea at the West Virginia Day Celebration on the capital
grounds in Charleston. They are regulars at the annual
Mountain Music Festival at the Appalachian South Folklife
Center near Pipestem, West Virginia. They have been guest
performers at several events sponsored by both the
Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Trillium Performing Arts
Collective, at the Sunday at Two Concert Series in the
Governor Hulett C. Smith Theatre at Tamarack (the Best of
West Virginia), as well as having entertained at countless
weddings, reunions, jazz tributes, festivals, and private
parties. Don DRUMMER is a regular performer at the renowned
Greenbrier Resort, and Susanna ROBINSON has appeared as
a back-up singer on NPR/IPR's live radio show Mountain
Stage, as recently performed as a special guest at the 2003
State Fair of West Virginia's Mountain Stage Show. The group
has been featured in articles in such publications as West
Virginia Quarterly, Mid-Atlantic Magazine, Graffiti, and several
major newspapers.
So, although Ghost Town Swing has combined many
influences and gone through many transitions over the years,
they still present a tasteful, yet flamboyant assortment of
music with which the listener will be enchanted. They
continue to broaden their musical horizons, continuing to
bring to audiences the "sneaky swing" and provocatively
swingy style that has always been their signature sound.
They have produces and released one CD, entitled Reveries,
which was released in early 2001. Several tracks feature their
old friend Al Jeter on tenor saxophone.


For bookings or information, contact:
Susanna Robinson
Rt. 2 Box 246
Lewisburg, WV 24901
e-mail: onechartreusehat@hotmail.com

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Megan Gaskill

Wow! Great sound!!! When is the next Cd coming out? I can't wait!
I love this CD. I can not hear it enough. I wish the group would make a second CD to add to the collection.
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Jos Bierman, DJ Radio Beverwijk

It really swings !
Good swinging music, excellent voices and fine instrumentalists !
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Jim

Wonderful music, wanting more
really enjoyed this, their version of waitress!!!!!, the cover of Time after time, really great
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Harry

I love Susannas voice!
I am in love with Susanna's voice, her interpretations and delivery. Al Jeter's sax is sweet, sweet, sweet. The vocal harmonies are handled beautifully. I could listen to Susanna all day and I'm looking forward to the next album!
Harry.
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