Our Story

Cottondale Swamp hails from west central Florida. We are a band that revels in the old Florida vibe that is found on the back roads, small towns and swamp lands of this state. Our music is Southern Americana rock 'n roll with solid old school classic country and honky-tonk sensibilities. 

Our music expresses a deep love and appreciation of the roots of rock 'n roll and country music. The members of Cottondale Swamp traveled the United States and the world as musicians, troubadours and wanderers, we have explored many places far from Florida. Those experiences have shown us that Florida is a unique place that we want to call home. Florida inspired us to the write the songs for our debut album, Leave Me On The Suwannee. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 2nd album, Welcome to Cottondale Swamp.

Cottondale Swamp completed our debut album, Leave Me On The Suwannee in late 2016. This record parties hard, thinks deeply, feels intensely and revels in the underbelly and weirdness of the great state of Florida. Album number two is due for release in early 2019. The band loves playing live and strives to put on a great show that engages the audience so that everyone is part of the show. The new record captures the authenticity of Cottondale Swamp and brings everyone along for the ride.

Cottondale Swamp and its members have shared the stage with, opened for, or played in the bands of many of our favorite artists, including: Dickey Betts, Bellamy Brothers, Artimus Pyle, Sammy Hagar, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dale Watson, Leon Russell, Cheap Trick, Dick Dale, Melanie, Gin Blossoms, Live, Avril Lavigne, Marilyn Manson, The Fixx, Reckless Kelly and many more.

Ken Bailey - Drums / Vocals - Ken grew up in northern New Jersey and started playing piano and drums in school and in local bands at a fairly young age. As he grew older he started gigging in New York City, which later became his home. Ken studied at the renown 'Drummers Collective' where he is a lifelong member. After paying his dues playing live gigs, performing on Broadway and in the recording studio, he became the 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, U2 and countless movie soundtracks. Ken spent the next 16 years at The Power Station / Avatar and as a fixture in the NYC recording industry. A little later in life Ken moved to Florida and played in the Tampa Bay bands The Charming Devils and The Sara Rose Band. Ken also teaches percussion in local schools. Now, Ken is looking forward to bringing his many years of musical experience to Cottondale Swamp!

Michael Hoag - Bass Guitar / Vocals - Michael has been playing in bands as long as he can remember. He has a twin brother, Mark, who plays guitar. They had their first band in 5th grade. Michael's first working bands were in the Boston area with such names as The Young Moderns, The Underachievers, The Crosstown Rivals, Kevin and the 45's, and many more. He moved to Florida and played in the bands Barely Pink, Leonard Croon Band, The Vodkanauts, The Ditchflowers, Sara Rose Band and Mojo Bones. He's been fortunate enough to have played gigs with many of his heroes such as Cheap Trick, Dickie Betts, Leon Russell, Dale Watson, Reckless Kelly, Artimus Pyle and others. Michael has played bass guitar on quite a few records and he loves writing songs. Michael formed Cottondale Swamp in 2016 and hit the ground running playing festivals and club dates around Florida. Cottondale Swamp came together organically when Michael and several friends started writing songs together. They quickly discovered they were kindred spirits who love classic country, southern rock and roots rock 'n roll. They also happen to all obsess on vintage gear and the love the sound and mojo of an old guitar. Trivia: Michael's little sister is veteran actress Judith Hoag, currently on the CBS series Nashville, Judith also played April O'Neall in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and starred in the Halloweentown Movie series. In addition to having parts in dozens of movies, Judith has pretty much guest-starred on every major TV series in the last couple of decades.

Fran Massucci - Vocals / Guitar - Music runs through Fran’s blood. It’s in his soul.  It inspires and drives him.  Never is this more apparent than when he is on a stage radiating that passion through his guitar and soulful voice. Fran loves performing for audiences big and small. Growing up, Fran injected heavy doses of Frampton Comes Alive!, Clapton, Springsteen, the Beatles, Steely Dan and any power rock group he could get his ears on. Later in life, Fran discovered Waylon, Haggard and new variations of outlaw country music coming out of Texas and Oklahoma with acts such as Reckless Kelly, Dale Watson, Hayes Carll and the Turnpike Troubadours.  Fran artistically merged the two genres and formed the band Shotgun Siren. The high energy band wowed unsuspecting crowds up and down the eastern seaboard with their unique blend of twang and rock and roll.  But, eventually the cold, brutal and unforgiving New England weather led Fran on a journey to warmer days in the sunny state of Florida. Once transported Fran pursued his desire to find a badass country rock and outlaw band.  When Fran came across Cottondale Swamp, he knew he found his new musical home. Cottondale Swamp is a band tailor-made to continue on his musical journey.

Chaz Winzenread - Guitar / Vocals - Raised on a farm in rural Indiana I was taught the values and rewards associated with working the land, family, and the joy/reward of harvest. These values instilled in me by my grandfather will never be taken lightly. Being the youngest child of a 4H beauty queen and streetwise Marine I was exposed to a wide variety beliefs, ideas, and of course music. I still recall my father listening to Carl Perkins and carrying on about how all the guys of his generation wanted to look like Elvis but sing like Roy Orbison. All the time mom was more into the country and folk pioneers that shaped American music. At the age of 10 I asked my father for a guitar for Christmas and I’m sure he thought it would end up in the family garage sale 6 months later. However after a few months of lessons and several hours of practice imitating my heroes he soon realized that he had helped me find my passion. After high school I left the Indiana farm and moved to Hollywood, California to attend Musicians Institute/Guitar Institute of Technology with my parents blessing. I recall life in Hollywood as lessons in life as well as music. Both of which had a strong impact on the person and musician I am today. After graduation I moved back to Indiana to join a up and coming rock band called Healing Sixes. I will never forget late night rehearsals in the old farmhouse with the windows open until 2 am. Of course it did not matter to anyone because the closest neighbor was a mile away. I really cut my teeth with this band and still to this day consider them my brothers. We enjoyed a number of years of success which included recording a record with famed Producer Kevin Shirley at the Avatar (The Power Station) and Hit Factory studios in New Your City which have been graced by the names of many of music elites including John Lennon and Michael Jackson. Also sharing some my time with Healing Sixes was drummer Jason Bonham who is the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Playing music with Jason was a real treat not only for his lineage, but he really taught us to feel the music and not over think what you may be playing at any point. This band took me all over the world on tour which I am very thankful to be a part of. Including a west coast swing which took us from Alaska to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where we me up with Sammy Hagar and ended up performing shows as Sammy’s backing band which was right after his departure from Van Halen… an experience that I will never forget. As they say all good things must come to an end and our record deal went sour in early 2004. This is when I relocated to Florida to begin a new life and see what new music may be may be on the horizon. After several years of sifting though many cover and original bands in the area and wondering if I’ll ever find musical soul mates in Florida, in 2015 I got a call from bass player/song writer Michael Hoage about a new project that he had been writing music for which was old world Florida/country based and he was reaching out to some of the best players in the area. I was immediately intrigued and we promptly got to work crafting and recording these songs. This project quickly grew into a great band with strong Florida ties. We are really enjoying writing and recording this record and hope that you will also enjoy the new music. Ladies and Gentlemen… Cottondale Swamp.