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!


Epic First Gig with Doug and Fran 

Saturday, January 26th at the Ringside Cafe was are 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.



Cottondale Swamp slithering through the week... 

Huge thanks to all the folks who came out to see us with the Kentucky Headhunters! The Cottondale Swamp fans were out in force! I saw as many Cottondale Swamp tee-shirts in the audience as I did Kentucky Headhunters! We made a lot of new friends and our merchandise table was as busy as it has ever been! The Headhunters were very gracious and really made us feel comfortable. We geeked out on vintage gear backstage with the band and they had some great stories from the road. They were very complementary about Cottondale Swamp! We may be doing some more shows with them in the near future. Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 26th, we will be playing at 3 Daughters Brewing - 2 PM to 4 PM. / 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712. 3 Daughters is a really happening spot in St. Pete.

By popular demand we are bringing out our Elvis show next month at the Dunedin Brewery. If you haven't experienced Elvis Rocks! you are in for big surprise. Elvis mojo on steroids!!

Elvis Rocks! and Cottondale Swamp / Sat, Sep 15 @ 9:00PM / Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, FL 34698

Elvis Rocks! 

We're always looking for a good time. Elvis Presley is a good time.... just ask Ann Margret. Elvis is cool, and hangin' out with Elvis is really cool! Come out to one of Cottondale Swamp's special (for limited time) "Elvis Rocks!" shows and have good time hanging with Elvis. 

We put together a killer Elvis show called Elvis Rocks! Our fearless front-man, Kenny Grube is a phenomenal Elvis Presley. We put together a bad to the bone Elvis rock show that is really good. The response we are getting from everybody is really overwhelming. Elvis vibes and dripping with mojo! It's the real deal.

The next date for Elvis Rocks! with Cottondale Swamp is September, 15th at the Dunedin Brewery / 9 PM


Cottondale Swamp is spending this summer recording our upcoming album, “Greetings From Cottondale Swamp”. But, we are playing some shows and trying out new songs on an unsuspecting audience. On July 6th we played unannounced concert at the Seaside Inn in Port Richey, Florida along the banks of the Pithlachascotee River. We played a bunch of songs for the first time – Lou’s Tattoos, I’m Rollin’, Please Tell Me, and Tampa to Tupelo. The excitement is building for the release of the next record! 

We have some upcoming shows that you should know about. On July 14th we are playing the WMNF’s 2018 Americana Fest. This show will probably sell out, so get your tickets now.

July, 28th we return to our new favorite hang-out, The Neptune Lounge in downtown Tarpon Springs, FL. The Neptune lounge was built in 1905 and has always been a watering hole of the same name. It was even featured in the movie Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, starring Robert Wagner. You feel the old Florida vibe as soon as you walk through the heavy wooden doors. What is making this show extra special? Elvis is opening the show! As many of you know, Cottondale Swamp is fronted by Kenny Grube. Kenny’s is one of the top Elvis Presley tribute artists in Florida. Many of the folks who come to Cottondale Swamp shows have never seen Kenny do his Elvis thing. On Saturday, July 28th Elvis opens the show backed by Cottondale Swamp. If you go to one show this month, this is the one not to be missed. 

We have a couple top-secret announcements, that by law we are forbidden to talk about. But, we can give hints. We are opening for a big time national artist next month at a big music venue… as soon as we sign the contract we will make the announcement. And we just picked up a big festival in Pinellas County. We can’t announce that one until August, 1st…. Stay Tuned!

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