The Crew

Since 1995, when Scotch & Soda began as a 2-piece duo, the band has played in different incarnations. Now a 5-piece, semi acoustic group – our focus is rich harmonies, with our acoustic rock twist; tunes from well-know artists such as The Eagles, America, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller as well as deep cuts from lesser known but equally entertaining artists, like Todd Snider, Keb Mo, Macia Ball, and John Hiatt.  We offer diverse styles to please any musical taste! Our aim is F-U-N and we bring it on every time!

Bette T

Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

Bette has been singing since childhood and took up acoustic guitar at the age of 13. Born into a musical family, around the dinner table is where Bette & twin sister Barbara first started entertaining. Bette & Barbara have been harmonizing since.

Background credits include a professional touring group (The Brothers & Sisters) in her earlier years, playing venues like Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas and nationwide state fairs and television appearances. Locally, Bette, along with other Scotch & Soda members, still plays occasionally with other bands but Scotch & Soda is the first love with its rich harmony and new types of music. Previously she worked with Front Page News, News Revue, and the Jammies.


Keys, Sax & Vocals

The Ray-man (VonGunten) was one of those very early bloomers, starting his career in early high school and forming “The Vonells”, a top notch wedding & festival band that worked steadily for over 20 years. Ray has played in major venues throughout Wisconsin, including runs at Summerfest, Festa Italiana, Wisconsin State & Waukesha County Fairs. He’s spent time hobnobbing with blues man bassist Rick Holmes (3 time WAMI winner), internationally acclaimed guitarist Billy Flynn, and also with WAMI nominees, “Zoot Suit Boogie” and “The Upsetters”.

Ray toured with Milton Bullock (of the Platters) playing Wisconsin casinos and clubs, and has performed at the Grand Ole’ Opry. With an R&B sax growl and honkey-tonk keys, and tantalizing vocals, Ray adds a particularly special flavor to “Scotch And Soda”.


Percussion & Vocals

Surprise! …Barbara came from the same musical family as Bette! As kids they loved pretending to be on stage and at the tender age four, debuted before an audience at a northern Wisconsin resort talent night, singing “I’m A Little Teapot”. Well, the teapot’s bubbling over and no one’s pretending anymore. With a large family of five kids, Barbara’s pretty pumped that her family is among her best admirers. That keeps the teapot bubbling!

Barbara shares many of the same professional credits of Bette, but Bette neglected to mention they competed for dates with Regis Philbin, Bobby Vinton, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Barbara got the date with Regis though!

Barbara and Bette also spent several years with the all female group, Lily, performing mostly original songs the band members wrote. Barbara’s smooth vocal style enriches harmonies and her percussion keeps the beat for acoustic Scotch & Soda.

Lady C – Carole Hanzel

Bass Guitar &

Milwaukee native Carole Hanzel’s musical career and diverse style have taken her across the country. Playing early on in such local jazz and dance bands as Fine Line, The Mai Tais and the Best of Everything, who backed up famous Elvis impersonator Tom Green, Carole demonstrates skill on her instrument as much as versatility in her styles.

Carol toured Switzerland with Johanna Tucker and The Country Larry Band, playing bass as well as adding vocals.

Busier than ever, she plays with several venues including her popular 3-piece group, The DV8’s, Drive with Horns, the Tom Sorce Group and miscellaneous others. She’s one busy gal!

Jim Dresser

Guitar & Vocals

Jim brings his guitar charged with new licks to the S&S band.

As a lifetime musician he has developed a unique style all his own and adds a tasty new dimension to Scotch & Soda.

Jim also plays guitar for three Big Swing bands, performs with The Vibratones quartet, as well as two duos

Additionally Jim plays for various specialty shows at the Sunset Playhouse. He’s a busy fellow!


Craig performed with S&S for over 14 years and we are saddened that Craig had to back out due to health issues. We all miss him and are so grateful for his contribution and dedication. Thank you Craig!