Poker Alice Band featured in South Dakota Magazine You wouldn't expect six sweet ladies from Castlewood to call their singing group "The Incredibles," nor would you think Hermosa's Stringbean Svenson could play the fiddle behind his back. These are a couple of the amazing things the South Dakota Magazine staff learned while preparing a 30-page November/December feature on our musicians and bands � including Clay County's Poker Alice Band.
Poker Alice has played western swing, country, jazz, blues and rock since 1982. The present lineup of Nick Schwebach, Owen DeJong, Al Remund, Dennis Jensen and Larry Rohrer have been together for over a decade.
"The band has been a revolutionary process," Schwebach said. "It's a great, eclectic mix. Over the years we've played more than 300 songs. You get those songs in your reptilian brain, and every now and then they resurface."
Poker Alice tours with the S.D. Arts Council, performs with the Always, Patsy Cline show and plays at dances and night spots across the region and for hometown crowds at Carey's Bar in Vermillion. DeJong, Schwebach and Rohrer also play classic folk and country as The Public Domain Tune Band.
Poker Alice has never made a CD. They're too busy making music and having fun.
"Live is best," Larry Rohrer said. "It's different every time."
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