Cottondale Swamp is a Florida Swamp Rock, Southern Americana, and Outlaw Country Band from Florida. Weeki Wachee, FL is our ground zero. Mermaid Shows and the Gulf of Mexico! Original Florida swamp rock with authentic country sensibilities a the heart of rock 'n roll.  

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

Cottondale Swamp will keep you on your feet and grooving to the sound of authentic country rock and southern Americana. The songs of Cottondale Swamp will get stuck in your head and you’ll feel like you’re cruising through orange groves, swamp lands and beach towns.

Listen to our album Leave Me On The Suwannee HERE!

Welcome To Cottondale Swamp

News from the Swamp! 

Hey Swampers! Here is an update from your friends here in Cottondale Swamp.

Firstly, we have a wicked cool new banner (below). It's big and bad a will grace the stage at future shows.... so take the next exit off a long forgotten highway to get to Cottondale Swamp.

Our show at High Octane Saloon on July 13th was cancelled. It is so hot on Saturday afternoons in Florida that the venue is canceling the Saturday shows for the rest of the summer. We will be back there on September 7th when the heat will be a little more bearable. Our show at Whiskey Wings aka Mugs 'N Jugs in Brandon is on for July 20th. It's going to be our first time there, so we are really looking forward to showing Brandon what's up! Outlaw Country and garage band rock 'n roll!

July 27th is the WMNF 50th Anniversary Tribute to Led Zeppelin at Janus Live! Cottondale Swamp is bringing out the big guns and we have put together a great set of Led Zeppelin. We put the LEAD into Led Zeppelin! This show will sell-out, so pleeeeze get your tickets now. We are really gonna bring it on Saturday July 27th and it's going to be one for the record books! Led Zeppelin Tickets - CLICK HERE

 

Friday, April 26th - Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa - BIG SHOW 

Cottondale Swamp / Johnny Mile and the Kilometers - Garage band Country and working class rock 'n roll. Two great Tampa Bay bands join forces to bring a great night of high octane nitro-burning rockin' roll! Very Special Guests: FayRoy outlaw duo: Spaghetti Western/surf tunes by Mad Dog Kyle and Wild Eyes Zack

The band has news and happenings! 

Cottondale Swamp had a blast at last Friday night's "Live Dress Rehearsal" at The JunkYard in Port Richey. The band was getting warmed up for some upcoming swamp rock and outlaw country shows.

Friday, April 19th we play Fiddler's Green for the first time! It's a great room with a nice big stage and good food. We hope we can build a nice following at Fiddler's Green and make it a regular stop on the swamp rock trail.

Then on April 26th we join forces with FayRoy (currently on tour) and Johnny Mile and the Kilometers. We are sharing a show at the iconic Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. If you haven't been to Skipper's you don't know what you've been missing. This venue is the premier spot for the best touring bands passing through Tampa.

And if that wasn't enough, St. Pete's coolest listening room (The Hideaway Café and Recording Studio) has invited Cottondale Swamp and Mercy McCoy to spend a night playing their (our) original Southern Americana Music.


Great Gigs on the Horizon! 

The band is hard at work putting together the new Cottondale Swamp show! We have a bunch of new songs! Original music and our favorite honky-tonk, outlaw county and rock 'n roll songs!. We are really pumped to start playing some cool club dates at some of Florida's most notorious road houses! 

SEE THE POSTERS BELOW FOR DETAILS:

April, 12th - The JunkYard (Port Richey, FL) - You are invited to the Cottondale Swamp "live dress rehearsal". We are running through our new show, new songs, and our new PA. FREE SHOW! Come and hang with us. Florida Swamp Rock, Outlaw Country, Southern Rock, Americana and Classic County.

April, 19th - Fiddlers Green (Trinity / New Port Richey, FL) - Cottondale Swamp brings their Country Rock and Southern American show to Fiddlers Green Irish Pub and Eatery in Trinity, FL. Fiddlers Green is a very nice and laid back venue and they have great food!

May, 4th - The Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio (St. Petersburg, FL) - Cottondale Swamp and Mercy McCoy join forces for a night of original country, rock and Americana! Together at everyone's favorite listening room in St. Petersburg, FL! Tickets Available Soon.

June, 1st - Whiskey River (New Port Richey / Port Richey, FL) - Cottondale Swamp is playing the best swampy road house on the west coast of Florida. Whiskey River On The Water sits directly on the Cotee River, so you can dock your boat right there! This is an iconic "old Florida" joint that has great food and atmosphere. It's like stepping back in time. 7 PM to 11 PM. FREE SHOW

Epic First Gig with Doug and Fran 

Saturday, January 26th at the Ringside Cafe was our big debut of the new Cottondale Swamp band. We had a blast playing to a packed club of enthusiastic people! We played new songs, old songs, and we played songs that we didn't even expect to play! Huge thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

Cottondale Swamp 2019 

We have two big shows to start the new year! January 26th at the Ringside Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL and The Broken String Fling on February 16th!

Cottondale Swamp is soldiering on... 

Cottondale Swamp is re-grouping after the loss of our band-mate Kenny Grube. Kenny is on the long road to recovery and it will be a long time before he is performing with Cottondale Swamp again. We hope, pray, and expect Kenny to fully recover and be able to once again join us in making music and taking over the world. We support Kenny in every way possible and Cottondale Swamp will always be Kenny's band!

In the meantime, we are soldiering on. Broken hearts, hardships, and overcoming the odds are great fodder for writing new songs. Cottondale Swamp has added two members and we are recording a new album. Doug Smith and Fran Massucci have joined the band bringing with them their guitar slinging skills, their gravelly voices, and their great songs. Stay tuned for more about Fran and Doug. They are the real deal!

Cottondale Swamp 2.0! Our debut gig will be the Broken String Fling Music Festival on February 16th, 2019.

 

Our fearless front-man is in trouble... 

As many of you may already know, Kenny Grube our bigger-than-life front man suffered a heart attack, torn aorta and multiple strokes. This happened on Thursday October, 25th at 3 AM. He was rushed to the hospital by his 15 year old daughter and then air-lifted to Tampa General Hospital.

Kenny is still on life-support and he is really in bad shape. But, there are some positive signs and Kenny is strong as a bull and he is fighting hard. He is the Swamp King Troubadour.

We are raising funds online and there are several Benefit Shows in the works.

November, 18th @ Skipper's Smokehouse@ 5 PM: The Sara Rose Band, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, The Cadillac Cowboys, and The Hummingbirds (full-band!)

Please consider a donation HERE

And try to make it to the benefit show at Skipper's Smokehouse on November, 18th.

 

Please say a prayer for the Swamp King Troubadour!

Surprise gig! September 8th / Skipper's Smokehouse w/ Melody Trucks Band 

Once in a while the phone rings and you offered an unexpected gift. Well, a couple days ago my phone rang (actually an e-mail arrived) and it was an offer to play a show with the Melody Trucks Band next Saturday night. I quickly checked schedules and took the gig.

Melody Trucks is the daughter of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks and cousin of Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Needless to say Melody comes form a uniquely musical family. The Melody Trucks Band has been killing it on the road and has become a Jam Band Festival stalwart. Cottondale Swamp is thrilled to playing a show with this band. Our swampy country and Americana rock are a great fit with Melody Trucks and a couple songs from the new Cottondale Swamp album are decidedly jam band.

The Melody Trucks Band and Cottondale Swamp join forces at Skipper's Smokehouse on Saturday September 8th. $7 in advance / $10 at the door - The Melody Trucks Band came together in early 2017 as she encountered each member within this extended musical family. Their individual styles and influences run the entire span of every music genre: rock, blues, jazz, funk, classical, country, thrash metal, and even world music. This has culminated in fresh and unique interpretations of iconic songs from the genre of Melody's extended family. Cottondale Swamp hails from west central Florida. They 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. The music is Southern Americana rock 'n roll with solid old school Country and honky-tonk sensibilities.

 

 

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