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!

Welcome

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.

 

News from the Swamp! 

News from the Swamp: 

The important news first! We would like to send out a big ‘ole Florida welcome to the newest member of Cottondale Swamp. Ken Bailey has joined the band as our new drummer. Ken brings with him a wealth of experience and incredible chops! In a previous life Ken was Technical Director and Staff Drummer at The Power Station / Avatar Studios; Tony Bongiovi's world famous recording facility. Ken worked on projects with Meat Loaf, Ramones, Tony Bennett, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Black Crowes, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Nile Rodgers, Journey, and U2. How did Cottondale Swamp get so lucky to get this guy?? 
Ken has a plethora of drum faces in his arsenal!

Busy week coming up for Cottondale Swamp: 

Thursday, April 13: 

Brokenmold Entertainment Presents: Underhill Family Orchestra / Band of Sorrows / Cottondale Swamp / 8:00 PM 

New World Brewery, 1313 E 8th Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33605 

Friday, April 14 @ 7:30 AM 

Live Radio Show / WZEU 102.9 FM / Weeki Wachee, FL 

Saturday, April 15 @ 8:00 PM 

Monti Magill's - Cottondale Swamp 

Monti Magill's, 2396 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606 

Monti Magill's is the best kept secret in Spring Hill, FL. Florida's most outlaw, most swampy, most entertaining band will be playing three big sets of Southern Americana and Florida Swamp rock! Come out and have a good time with Cottondale Swamp.

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WMNF presents The British Invasion 4: 1975-1979

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

Cottondale Swamp takes on Eric Clapton!

The British are coming, the British are coming… AGAIN!

The 60’s had ended but England’s audio assault on the states continued in the late 70s as progressive rock gave way to punk, glam and new wave. American bands started to challenge the Brits for chart dominance but the British bands came on strong to make some of the most exciting music of the late seventies.

To celebrate our surrender to the Brits—WMNF presents The British Invasion 4. 6 hours of the best songs of the British invasion. 16 bands, each are performing 3 songs by their favorite British Band from 1975 to 1979.

Doors 5pm, music 6pm to 11:30pm

Dunedin Wines the Blues

Downtown Dunedin, 420 Main Street, Dunedine, FL 34698

The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association presents the 28th annual Dunedin Wines the Blues on Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:00 PM to 11:00 p.m., Main Street in downtown Dunedin. FREE SHOW. We are pleased to announce this year's stellar musical blues line up. Ally Venable Band, Cottondale Swamp, Trey Wanvig, Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike, Erica DiCeglie, Joey Gilmore, Duffy Bishop, Big Kettle Drum, Rockin Jake, Bridget Kelly, Band Shaw Davis

Elvis Rocks! and Cottondale Swamp

Skinny's Bar and Grill, 13228 US-19, Hudson, FL 34667

Cottondale Swamp invades the Skinny’s Bar and Grill, Friday, December, 21st. Elvis opens the show! If you haven't seen our hardcore Elvis Presley rock show, you don't know what you are missing! Experience the Elvis mojo on steroids! Karate kicks and the Memphis mafia will try to keep the peace, but we can’t make any promises. Original Florida Swamp Rock, outlaw country, and Elvis!