• These six keyed-up twentysomethings mix a hodgepodge of sounds. Sometimes it’s barroom country backed by a rogue kazoo, and other times it’s a chicken-picking version of slow-burning soul behind the Janis Joplin–esque wail of Mary Beth Richardson

    — Garden & Gun
  • Equal parts alt-country twang and garage rock bang...recalling everything from ZZ Top's greasy boogie to the Alabama Shakes' coed soul.

    — Rolling Stone
  • Corey Parsons and Jeffrey Salter start picking at their guitars like they’re dialing up Waylon Jennings. Richardson responds with a howl, as if she’s crash-landing some Southern-fried Jefferson Airplane. And it’s on.

    — Washington Post
  • With the turbocharged careen of their punked-up country mix and their keening, just-south-of-unhinged harmonies, Alabama-by-way-of-Nashville band Banditos brings to mind the sound and attitude of what their label, Bloodshot Records, used to call “insurgent country.”

    — Boston Globe
  • Mary Beth Richardson has the classic blues wail of a bad woman feeling good and her band races her to the finish line...

    — NPR Music
  • Perhaps more than any other band occupying this same territory, this is a band that respects the tradition of country, understands the roots, but also likes it loud. Sure, others have gone down this road; Jason & The Scorchers, drivin n cryin, Steve Earle, et al, but this is the first band to get the mixture right.

    — The Shit
  • Banditos are an adaptable beast, playing various flavours of Southern sound with considerable panache and foot-tapping flair.

    — Uncut (UK)
  • Banditos don’t operate under the guise of subtlety. The Nashville alt-country outfit has built a reputation off of their gritty, whiskey soaked sound.

    — Consequence of Sound
  • Banditos bring rock ’n’ roll fervor to material based in deep-country traditionalism. Twanging guitars trade licks with banjo pick-and-roll behind the twin lead vocals of Corey Parsons and Mary Beth Richardson, with thumping bass (sometimes upright) and drums driving the train relentlessly.

    — Austin American Statesman
  • The group came up in rowdy bars, and it shows. It plays to fill the room and turn it on.

    — NPR Music
  • Three vocalists, a wicked guitarist who also plays pedal steel, a banjo, an upright bass and a hot-footed drummer guarantee that every song they play is stuffed with crazy rhythms and melodic energy.

    — NPR Music
  • For fans of honest, gritty southern rock n’ roll.

    — American Songwriter

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20-somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row.

With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos’ self-titled debut album bodaciously appropriates elements of ‘60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top’s jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz a la Burger Records, the Drive-By Truckers’ yawp, the populist choogle of CCRSlim Harpo’s hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Motherf**king Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.

The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them. 

Salter and Wade studied together at music school learning classical/jazz techniques, while Richardson’s background was mostly singing in church choirs. After some apprehensions from Richardson about taking the stage with an unrehearsed band, a last-minute trip to New Orleans with the group (which resulted in a stolen hotel Bible inscribed with the band’s lyrics) seemed to cure a case of the cold feet. The ensuing performance was raw and electric, and an ecstatic crowd response further cemented the members’ convictions to become a full band. The addition of bassist Danny Vines made the group complete.

The members soon moved into a house together in Birmingham, and after repeated tours through Nashville, decided to move the band there instead, where the music scene was bigger and more diverse. The sextet has since developed their unique and airtight sound, culminated through several years of enduring friendships and a roaddog touring schedule that has, at their count, numbered over 600 shows in the last three years. 

Their self-titled debut full-length album is layered with as much grime as it is with pinpoint songwriting and feverish technical savvy. Each song wafts new dynamics into a streamlined stylistic roots, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll jet stream, the variations heard evidently through the vocal baton passing and wrenching harmonies of Parsons, Richardson, and Pierce. Each vocalist, as with each performer in the band, is given the spotlight during the course of the album’s 12 songs. And at its core, Banditos is a unified coalescence of six bright beams of light, a spiritual collaboration between friends with a singular musical vision.

The album was recorded and mixed at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville with Andrija Tokic (Alabama ShakesHurray For the Riff RaffBenjamin Booker).

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