Steve Lewis w/Banditos & Jon Poor Band

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

All six members of Banditos officially became locals as of February, after getting their start just outside Birmingham, Ala. Their first order of business was to head over to Andrija Tokic’s Bomb Shelter studio and record their upcoming debut album. Someday soon they may show up in yet another “believe it or not, Nashville has a cool rock scene” round-up in Nylon or Garden & Gun, but already they’re carving out a place for themselves on local bills, due in no small part to the fact that they have their own wild way of injecting hillbilly grit and R&B boogie back into rock ’n’ roll. What began as a guitar-and-banjo busking duo now boasts a rockabilly-style rhythm section, aggressively twangy electric guitar, kazoo, multiple singers and whatever the hell else they feel like throwing in. Lead guitarist Jeffrey Salter says he and his bandmates have been influenced by everything from Merle Travis’ picking to The Zombies’ psych pop and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s swampy, hard-swinging grooves. And when singer Mary Beth Richards unleashes her live-wire vibrato, head-to-toe shimmying and tambourine shaking onstage, it’s like she’s conjuring the full-body freedom of Janis Joplin.

—Jewly Hight

Thu, Apr 4 | 8:00 PM
The 5 Spot
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Steve Lewis

Birmingham AL  |  Rock

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