Album Of The Week: Banditos

banditosWith a down and dirty honky tonk rock ‘n’ roll sound, Banditos from Birmingham, Ala., are going to be the next big act coming out of the Americana movement with their self-titled debut featuring a groovy tone with a flurry of guitars and drums. Soulful, raw and genuine in every way, Banditos cause a ruckus with their debut and it’s bound to leave an impression on you and keep you glued to your record player. Get down with the southern comfort.

If you’re a fan of country, blues, soul, folk, punk and just good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, Banditos hit on all those cylinders and more, creating a multi-dimensional feel in their music. It’s not every day when you hear a band exude sounds rooted in genres that have existed for generations, yet they bring something different to the table. Banditos aren’t bland and generic at all; they have a lot of energy resonating from their songs. This debut is one to blast with the windows open.

Are you havin’ a summah? I sure am — a lot of fun stuff is going to be happening in New England since the sun is out and about. Before you head to the beach to get a tan, go to the park to throw a Frisbee or prepare for your favorite music festival, check out my top tracks off of my Album Of The Week. Think of it as a guide of fun for your ears.

Lookin’ to cut a rug? Then turn up “Cry Baby Cry” and do the boogie woogie all over the dance floor. It’s a vintage-style rocker that’ll make you shake your hips until the sun comes up. Another one that’ll get you movin’ and grooving’ is “The Breeze,” which has these fuzzy guitars melding with the banjo to make for a jumpin’ track that’ll get you bouncin’ in your room from front to back. A ballad that shoots straight from the heart, “Old Ways” shows the incredible voice of Mary Beth Richardson that is striking similar to the legendary Janis Joplin.

Banditos will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut at The Basement East in Nashville with Bobby Bare, Jr. on May 29. It’s sure to be a show that anyone in the Music City shouldn’t miss. Let’s hope for the sake of all of us in the Northeast that this talented group makes their way to New York City, Boston and Providence in the near future. Until they take the stage at your friendly neighborhood music venue, grab a copy of the self-titled debut from Banditos. Give a listen and hear the greatness that you’ve been missin’.

Stream “Cry Baby Cry” here: soundcloud.com/bshq/cry-baby-cry-by-banditos?in=bshq/sets/banditos-banditos-1

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