Al has been playing music in Central Texas since he was a youngster. He took guitar lessons at 9 from Wayne Wood, who is still one of his best lifetime friends. Al says, " Wayne had the ability to make a nine year old kid play better than he should and want to be a lifetime musician." Al's mother, Leona Feuerbacher, came from a musical family. Many of her siblings played instruments and her father Edmund (Popo) Feuerbacher played cornet in the Austin Symphony back in the early 1900's. One afternoon after a guitar lesson with Wayne Wood, Popo Feuerbacher asked Al what he had learned that day. Al showed him a little song called the Guitar Boogie. Popo said, "Let me see your guitar to see if I can play it." Al gave him the guitar, and watched him holding it and thought, "He'll never be able to play it with those big, thick, old man's fingers." Popo played it like it was a song made for him and Al just sat there in disbelief and told Popo to please play some more. He did!
Al played in a high school rock n roll dance band called the One Way Streets in the 1960's. When Willie Nelson moved to Austin in the early 70's Al took lessons again from Wayne and learned the steel guitar, and started a Country band called the Sunset Riders. In 1982 he started playing Western Swing with a band called Al Dressen's Super Swing Sausage Revue. He was making sausage to sell in grocery stores, so like the Lightcrust Doughboys he put a product he was selling in the name of the band. They used to give away sausage to take home at the Broken Spoke dances. After three years Al was no longer selling sausage and was no longer linked up with that product and the word sausage was taken from the name.
While still playing Western Swing in about 2010, Al was in a trio called the Harmony Brothers, singing three part harmony on old songs from the 1960's with his friends Max Nofziger and Mark Gottschall.
Al enjoys playing music and will go to his grave singing a song and making folks dance, or maybe dancing himself.