Banditos

The Burl Presents

Banditos

Home Grown Head Band

Tue · July 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

$5 surcharge to anyone under 21 years of age. 

Local support TBD!!

Banditos
Banditos
Originally from Birmingham, AL​, Banditos​ is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20-somethings,
nowadays operating out of Nashville​, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming
towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row.
With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos’ self-titled debut album
bodaciously appropriates elements of ‘60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top​’s jangly boogie, garage punk
scuzz a la Burger Records​, the Drive-By Truckers​’ yawp, the populist choogle of CCR​, Slim Harpo​’s
hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum ​hill country mojo and the Georgia ​Motherf**king
Satellites​. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals ​soul and unexpected bits of
doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.
The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at
D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce
began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band
they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to
join them.
Salter and Wade studied together at music school learning classical/jazz techniques, while Richardson’s
background was mostly singing in church choirs. After some apprehensions from Richardson about taking
the stage with an unrehearsed band, a last-minute trip to New Orleans ​with the group (which resulted in a
stolen hotel Bible inscribed with the band’s lyrics) seemed to cure a case of the cold feet. The ensuing
performance was raw and electric, and an ecstatic crowd response further cemented the members’
convictions to become a full band. The addition of bassist Danny Vines made the group complete.
The members soon moved into a house together in Birmingham, and after repeated tours through
Nashville, decided to move the band there instead, where the music scene was bigger and more diverse.
The sextet has since developed their unique and airtight sound, culminated through several years of
enduring friendships and a roaddog touring schedule that has, at their count, numbered over 600 shows
in three years.
Back in March 2014 we found ourselves at one of those fly-by-night, hole-in-the-wall bars that sprout like
skunkweed on Sixth Street in Austin, TX during the height of SXSW crazy. The only other patrons were
Bud Light-swilling bros watching a blowout college basketball game; the sound system at this place was a
painful mix of all treble and reverb; and the noises oozing out of the PA during another band's set were
not unlike the distorted echoes of the soundtrack to Suspiria (and not in a good way). We wish we were
kidding.
Then the six-piece Banditos took the stage, and even though they themselves were a little intimidating -
all hair, denim, and stoic determination - the sounds they managed to conjure from two overworked
speakers were fresh, raw, and spectacular. We were instantly blown away and immediately started
concocting ways to lure them into our fold...
Home Grown Head Band