Cottondale Swamp is a Florida Swamp Rock, Southern Americana, Outlaw Country Band from the swamps of Florida. Weeki Wachee, FL is our ground zero. Mermaid Shows and the Gulf of Mexico, it doesn't get anymore "Old Florida" than that. Original Florida swamp rock with authentic country sensibilities and a heart of rock 'n roll.  

Cottondale Swamp celebrates the back roads, small towns and the seedy underbelly of Florida. We write songs that celebrate the people, places and uniqueness of our southern most state.  

Cottondale Swamp is fronted by Kenny Grube who has been an Elvis Tribute artist for the last 10 years. Kenny is the real deal! His voice has an authentic southern drawl that expresses the years he has endured paying his dues on the B, C, and D circuits of the southern United States. He is backed by an equally experienced band of road warriors. All of whom have been plying their trade in the trenches and (at times) the pinnacles that come your way when you're a musician relentless in pursuing the dream.

Listen to our new album HERE!

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News From Cottondale Swamp 

Cottondale Swamp has added a bunch of new shows to the calendar. We are sharing the stage with some of our favorite bands from the big 'ole state of Florida.

- February 16th, we are back at our favorite listening room in Florida, The Hideaway Cafe. We are splitting the night with the Cadillac Cowboys. If you haven't caught the Cadillac Cowboys before, you are in for a big treat... these guys are really good. Think "Asleep at the Wheel" meet "Junior Brown" sprinkled with "Hank Marvin".  Cottondale Swamp will be playing song new songs from our upcoming new album!

- March, 17th we are playing a show at the Daiquiri Shak on Madeira Beach. This is an iconic beach bar with a great sound system and stage. We are opening for Death, Love and Addiction. This is a hard rocking band made up of local heroes Ken Logan and Joe Sanders. Death, Love and Addiction's debut album drops a few days after this show.  I suspect both bands are really going to bring it!

- April,6th we are opening the show for the Don Gates Band's CD release. This is their 3rd album and it is awesome. Hard driving outlaw country at it's finest. This is Don's last show in Tampa before moving to Nashville, Tennessee.

- On April, 20th we grace the stage at The Neptune Lounge in Tarpon Springs, FL. with our buds, Four Star Riot. Four Star Riot has opened for national acts such as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Train, Lit, Jimmy Eat World, among others. The band’s songs have been featured in television and film, including: ESPN, MTV, and the record-breaking film l'm Deadpool in 2016.

- On May 25th, we join the whos-who of Tampa Bay when we play the - Us Too Festival: WMNF Tribute to the US Festival. We play at Skipper's Smokehouse and we'll be playing songs by Hank Jr. The festival is two nights - May 25th @ Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa and May 26th @ Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL.

- And then on May 26th, we race down to Fort Meyers, Florida to play a show for the Americana Community Association.


The latest from Cottondale Swamp... 

Happy Belated New Year! We had a busy December and January playing a bunch of Cottondale Swamp shows and writing songs for our upcoming album! That would be album number two, if you are keeping count.

We are so thankful to our friends, fans, family and music associates for all the support they have shown us this past year. We have been on a wild ride since starting this band in 2016. We love being the purveyors of Florida Swamp Rock and Florida Outlaw County!

This Saturday, January 13th, we are sharing the bill with our power pop rock buddies, Four Star Riot.  We have a long storied history with this beloved Tampa-Bay band. I can guarantee this will be an awesome show! The Wild Rover Brewery, 13921 Lynmar Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33626 

On Saturday, February 3rd, we will be making our Old Florida Swamp Rock debut at the Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor. This venue is "the" place in Safety Harbor, FL to hear original roots Americana, country, and gifted singer songwriters.  Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S., Safety Harbor, FL 34695

And then on Friday, February 16th, we will be returning to cools-ville USA, The Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL. We are sharing the bill with a fantastic Classic Country band called The Cadillac Cowboys. We have been wanting to do a show with these guys for a while. This band is the real deal. The buzz is building for this show and the word on the street is that it will sell-out, so get your tickets soon. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

And finally, on Saturday, May 26th, we are doing a concert at the Americana Community Music Association in Fort Meyers, FL. The Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) is committed to supporting original independent music and musicians with programs that expand community appreciation and education while fostering the creativity and diversity that influence Americana and Roots music. The ACMA has a mission to promote the growth of the Americana and Roots music. 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901

Our upcoming shows include new Cottondale Swamp songs and Kenny has some new dance moves:)

See ya'll soon!

We Have the Greatest Friends and Fans! 

We'd like to say thanks to all the folks who have been coming out to Cottondale Swamp shows and showing us such great love and support! 


This weekend we have a full dance card. We are in historic Safety Harbor, FL on both Friday and Saturday. 

- Friday is "3rd Friday" in Safety Harbor.They close down the street to traffic and have a street party. We play from 6 PM to 10 PM. 

- Saturday is the Folk 'n Fruit Fest. Safety Harbor is celebrating 100 years. We play at 2:15 PM in the band shell at the top of Main Street. Great bands all day long starting at noon.

News From The Bayou! 

We hope all you swampers are doing great! 

Cottondale Swamp had an epic set at the 2017 Americana Fest. After turning in a strong set at Americana Fest we were asked to open for Austin TX band and Grammy Award winner Reckless Kelly at Skipper’s Smokehouse on November 11th. If you listen to Outlaw Country on Sirius XM or stay up on the Country Rock and Americana scene you are probably familiar with this touring juggernaut, Reckless Kelly. 

Our next show is on September 2nd at our favorite room The Hideaway Café in St. Petersburg, FL. If you haven’t been to the Hideaway, you don’t know what you are missing. This place is known as the premier listening room is St. Pete. It oozes vibe, has great food, and is the most comfortable venue to hear music and experience Cottondale Swamp. 

New Show on the horizon - Rattlesnake and Music Festival in San Antonio Florida on October 21st (poster below). 

Another super cool show added to the calendar is Saturday, November 4th, at Skipper's Smokehouse - WMNF Tribute To The British Invasion III. WMNF describes the event thus; "In the early 1970's the British Invasion (which started in 1964) was moving into several important sub-genres, pursuing the limitations of rock music, including prog rock, singer-songwriters; hard rock/heavy metal, and glam rock. For our tribute show, local bands play the great English bands of the early 70's". WMNF Tribute To The British Invasion III 1970 - 1974. Cottondale Swamp is playing the Rolling Stones, one our favorite bands... and we are going to kill it! Put November 4th on your calendar and be at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa! Get the details HERE

New Single - New Shade of Red 

The boys at Cottondale Swamp wrote, recorded and released a new song. The song is called New Shade of Red and it was recorded at Studio B Recording Studios in Saint Petersburg, FL by engineer and producer Brian Merrill.

In support of WMNF 88.5 FM and their annual Americana Fest, we wrote and recorded this song. We are very happy to part of this festival and we are counting down the days until August 19th when all hell breaks loose!

2017 Americana Fest / August 19th @ Skipper's Smokehouse / 4 PM

Please take a listen and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE


News from the Swamp! 

Our debut album "Leave Me On The Suwannee" received another great review. This one comes from the renown music blog JP's Music Blog

"...from the Florida bayou comes the debut album from Cottondale Swamp titled "Leave Me On The Suwanee." It has been out for over 6 months and is beginning get the notice it deserves with its southern boogie blues sound. Their new release begins with the straight-up rock of "Swamp King Troubadour" as lead singer Kenny Grube grabs hold of you with his bluesy vocals. The album continues with the Americana shuffle of "Leave Me On The Suwannee" and the country rock of "Land Rich, Money Poor." The guitars come out blazing on the rockabilly feel of "Temporary Border" and "Feral Baby," before the classic country feel of "High Horse" will have you on the dance floor with your partner. The album closes with the swampy blues of "Ole' Beelzebub" and the desert boogie instrumental "Tighten Up."

Next Cottondale Swamp Show - Saturday, July 29th - Brass Mug

Cottondale Swamp / Don Gates Band / I Love Cats Band 

Sat, Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM / Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613 

Kick-Ass Southern Country Night at The Brass Mug.

For Details Click HERE

Be in our video at the Hideaway Cafe on May 13th! 

We are very happy to be returning to the Hideaway Cafe for the third time on Saturday, May 13th. As you may already know, the Hideaway Cafe is the coolest listening room in St. Petersburg, FL and we love playing there. Click HERE for TICKETS.

On that night in addition to playing two sets of our original Outlaw Americana music, Cottondale Swamp is shooting a video of our song Swamp King Troubadour, and we want you to be part of it. Wear your cowboy hats and put on your coolest duds! We are gonna have a blast!

Some upcoming shows to put on your calendar:

May 19th - Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe @ 10:00 PM / 5119 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL / Cottondale Swamp plays this awesome Seminole Heights institution. Great atmosphere, incredible food, and a place to listen to music. Take in dinner and a show at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe!

June 9th - Florida Ameripolitan Fest (doors at 7 PM, Music at 8 PM) Skipper's Smoke House, 910 Skipper Road , Tampa, FL 33613 / Cottondale Swamp is hosting four bands to celebrate Ameripolitan Music at the first Florida Ameripolitan Fest. Ameripolitan Music is a genre of contemporary original American roots music comprising of four styles: western swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly and outlaw country. Real contemporary American music! Giddy Up Go (honky-tonk form Orlando), Six Volt Rodeo (western-swing), Cottondale Swamp (Outlaw Country), Cadillac Bombers (rockabilly)

June 10th - Darwin Brewing Company @ 7:30 PM / 803 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 / For the first time Cottondale Swamp brings their Florida Swamp thang to Darwin Brewing Company in Bradenton, FL.


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Don Gates Band / Cottondale Swamp

Brass Mug, 1450 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613

Please Join Don and the Gang as they celebrate their 3rd release!! Special guests will be the one and only Cottondale Swamp!! This is an all ages show. Children 13 and under FREE. $10.00 cover Hooray's Grub Hub will be Grilling up plenty of food for purchase on the patio.

Us Too: The WMNF Tribute to the Us Festival

Skipper's Smoke House, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa, FL 33613

Back in 1982, Steve Wozniak of the Apple corporation, said, “I just wanted to throw a big party in the middle of nowhere.” 400,000 showed up San Bernandino, California to hear the eclectic music featuring new wave, heavy metal, country and rock. 35 years later, top Tampa Bay local bands and artists pay tribute to the 1982-83 US festivals. The 35th Anniversary Tribute is a two-night tribute extravaganza with local bands playing music from the US Festival sets.

Skippers Smokehouse Friday, May 25, 6pm to midnight

Jeremy Thomas – Jackson Browne Shawn Scheller and the Contenders – Men at Work Rich Whiteley Band – The Kinks The New Rulers – Tne English Beat Noah Broe Band – Grateful Dead Diary of An Ozzman – Ozzy Osbourne Barefoot Bob and the Hope – Jimmy Buffet Jct 27 – B52s Medusa – Triumph Cottondale Swamp – Hank Williams Jr Reality Asylum – Berlin My Only Hope – The Scorpions Talk To Mark – The Cars Panic Fire – Van Halen Joshua Reilly and the Corn Fed Locals – Waylon Jennings American Supermodel – Flock of Seagulls Love Songs for Junkies – The Ramones Actual Bank Robbers – Pat Benatar

Jannus Live Saturday, May 26

Francesca Ani – Fleetwood Mac Death Love and Addiction – U2 Jam Jones – Santana Jeriko Turnpike – Tom Petty Geri X – Berlin Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes – The Clash Jaded – Van Halen Mark Warren and Friends – The Pretenders Mac Martin – Willie Nelson Doug South and the Roundabouts – Joe Walsh Deltaghost – INXS Whiskey Throttle – Quarterflash Jeremy Thomas – Jackson Browne Mark Alan/Stardust Memories – David Bowie Martha Quinn – Stevie Nicks Oak Ramble – The Police Gary Shutt & Friends – Motley Crue

Americana Community Music Association

All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901

The Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) is committed to supporting original independent music and musicians with programs that expand community appreciation and education while fostering the creativity and diversity that influence Americana and Roots music. The ACMA has a mission to promote the growth of the Americana and Roots music in our area the community. The ACMA strives to bring high quality and original acts for performances at charitable events as well as fundraising efforts to enhance the music community at large.