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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Welcome

Thank You! The Album Release Party was a blast! 

We all had so much fun on Saturday night! We would like to thank all of our friends, family, fans new and old! Thank you all for coming out and celebrating with us! A special thanks to John Kelly and the Hideaway Cafe Staff for creating such an awesome place to make music! Thanks to Brian Merrill and Perry Bean for helping Cottondale Swamp become a band and make this record!

NEW ALBUM: PRESALE AVAILABLE NOW! 

"Leave Me On The Suwannee" is now available for download on our website! The CD album will ship November, 19th.

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: November 19, 2016
PRE SALE DATE: November 10, 2016

Cottondale Swamp is a Southern Americana, Outlaw Country, Honky-Tonkin', Rock 'n Roll 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.
http://cottondaleswamp.com/music

Tickets On Sale Now! Cottondale Swamp - Album Release Party 

This party takes place at best little concert venue in the ole' burg' - The Hideaway Cafe, "St. Pete's Original Listening Room".

Admission is $10 and the first 100 guests get a copy of "Leave Me On The Suwannee", Cottondale Swamp's new album!!

Doors open at 6 PM, and music starts at 8 PM.

Click Here for Tickets!

Friends, there is a  lot of interest in this event, I strongly encourage you to buy your tickets ahead of time. It would be a drag to show up and not be able to get in.

The Hideaway Cafe is a very special place. Couches, dim lighting, great food (not bar food), a very nice selection of wines by the glass, craft beer... hipster, cool and very comfortable.

 

Behind the scenes in the music business 101 - How would you describe Cottondale Swamp?  

As Cottondale Swamp gets closer to our Album Release date of November 19th, 2016, we want to make sure we do things right! Damn, we are so excited about this record!!

One of the most important things a band needs to do is to accurately identify their genre and sub-genre. Who do we sound like?

Who does Cottondale Swamp sound like to you? Many bands and artists do not accurately know their genre and sub-genre... "Dude, we sound like The Red Hot Chili Peppers!"! But, everyone else thinks they sound like The Grateful Dead.

How would you describe Cottondale Swamp? The music player at the bottom of the page is playing 3 songs from the upcoming album. Take a listen and let us know who we sound like, or kinda like, or remind you of. We know our sound is unique and super awesome, but how would you describe us to someone who never heard Cottondale Swamp before? Better yet, comment with 3 bands that are kinda sorta like Cottondale Swamp.

Send your responses to info@cottondaleswamp.com or use the comment section on the blog.

Thanks!!

Cottondale Swamp's new album being released on Sunshine Drenchy Records! 

Cottondale Swamp is proud to join the Sunshine Drenchy Record label! Our new album is being released on this cool boutique record label out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Our album will be the 13th record Sunshine Drenchy has released. So, we are lucky number 13, which is pretty bad-ass! Other great bands on this label include: The Ditchflowers, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, Steve Connelly & The Lesser Gods, Ed Woltil and the Loaded Question, and Steve Robinson.

November 19th - Album Release Party - The Hideaway Cafe 

Cottondale Swamp - Album Release Party @ The Hideaway Cafe - St. Pete's original listening room!

Kenny, Chaz, Dan and Michael would like to invite you to join us for this very special day in Cottondale Swamp history.

All attendees get a free copy of the new Cottondale Swamp CD "Leave Me On The Suwannee"

Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Thanks for coming out to Skipper's Smokehouse Sunday night! 

A big thanks to everyone who came out to see Cottondale Swamp and Whiskey Dregs last night at Skipper's! It was a full house on a Sunday night! Both bands brought their "A" game and it was a crazy fun night. Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL is an iconic music venue that has been hosting local and national bands for decades. Many famous performers have graced the Skipper's stage! Playing there is just so much fun and we'll be back there real soon!

 


Album Update: Leave Me On The Suwannee 

The new record has been recorded in its entirety! Right now we are working on mixing the 11 tracks and then the songs will be mastered. The artwork is all but done. Artist, Ed Woltil has knocked it out of the park! All the pieces are falling into place! 

The album is going to be called "Leave Me On The Suwannee".  We've have some discussion on the spelling of Suwannee - Suwanee or Suwannee? We feel that since we live in Florida, we should use the spelling of the river and the town here in Florida. And damn, we wrote the song about Florida and the Suwannee River that flows here. 

Many believe the correct spelling is “Suwanee” because that is the way it was spelled in the song "Old Folks at Home” written by Stephen Foster in 1851. Most people refer to that song as "Suwanee River". It became the Florida State song in 1935. When Stephen Foster wrote "Old Folks at Home” he had never visited Florida. 
  
History Lesson: 
"Old Folks at Home” / “Suwanee River” was a controversial song. It was considered a racist song written from the perspective of an African slave. Some of the original lyrics were pretty bad. But, it’s worth noting that when the song was written in 1851, slavery was legal in 15 states. Interestingly, Stephen Foster himself supported the North during the Civil War and supported abolition of slavery. 
  
Florida became enlightened in 1978 and substituted "brothers" for "darkies." There were subsequent revisions. At Jeb Bush's second inauguration as governor in 2003, a young black woman gave a moving, nondialect rendition of "Old Folks at Home," except "still longing for the old plantation" came out "still longing for my old connection."

Cottondale Swamp is being featured on the Old Still Radio Show! 

Cottondale Swamp is being featured on the Old Still Radio show on September 12th! The Old Still Radio Show is a very cool podcast that features up and coming Americana bands and more.

Excerpt from their website: This is a Southern Based, Not Safe For Work, Totally Free Radio Show for your listening enjoyment. If you don’t like talk about legalizing marijuana, penis transplants, butthurt millennials, and much more debauchery….. this show aint for you. If you do like to talk about these type things, well Hell Yeah brother or sister! Come on and give us a listen. If you’re tired of listening to the same 4 songs on the radio that play over and over again, come sit around the old moonshine still with us and enjoy. We drink and smoke as the show progresses, so it just gets progressively worse. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Check out - http://www.oldstillradioshow.com

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Cottondale Swamp / Death, Love & Addiction

Daquiri Shak, 14995 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach

Two power-house bands. Modern classic rockers - Death, Love and Addiction, and Florida swamp rockers - Cottondale Swamp. Both bands play original music with authentic vibe and attitude. Together at the iconic beach club - The Daiquiri Shak on Mad Beach (Madeira Beach, FL).

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.