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!

Welcome

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

GREETINGS FROM COTTONDALE SWAMP 

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.

https://www.skipperssmokehouse.com/event/wmnf-presents-americana-fest-12-15/

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. 

https://cottondaleswamp.com/event/2340102/471666302/cottondale-swamp-the-neptune. 

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!

Happenings from the Swamp 

We are really looking forward to WMNF's 2018 Americana Fest on July 14th.  Last year the radio station really dug our performance at the 2017 Americana Fest and asked us to open for the Austin Texas' touring juggeraut Reckless Kelly. So who knows what is in store for us this year?

On July 28th we return to The Neptune Lounge in Tarpon Springs. This joint has been there since 1905, when it opened as a bar called The Neptune Lounge. Pretty fitting name for the coastal sponge diving town of Tarpon Springs. This venue is fast becoming one of our favorite gigs. It has that super cool old Florida vibe that we love.

Cottondale Swamp is in the midst of recording our new album at Springs Theatre Arts and Recording Studios in Tampa, FL. What a crazy cool place this is! What are getting some great performances and the songs are killer! Come to our upcoming shows to hear the new material!

You are the first to glimpse the album cover for the new record - "Greetings from Cottondale Swamp"

Nice New Review of Cottondale Swamp 

“COTTONDALE SWAMP” (a review) 
By Robert Lloyd (Email: robertlloydmusic@cs.com) 

Once in a while you run into an interesting group on the internet in the entertainment area that surprises you. This is one of those occasions. And in this case, it's the north Florida quartet “Cottondale Swamp”. They perplex me. And no, don't expect to see them in the near future at your local Holiday Inn. Let's just say they wouldn't fit in. 

I've been a fan of Cottondale Swamp for a while and surprised when I heard the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) had booked their performance here for May 26, 2018. And guess what? I am leading off the show. That could be scary! These 'hoodlums' (I will affectionately call them) are coming into the renowned ACMA 'Listening Room' and it should be quite a shock. I love their music, especially the song “Leave Me On The Swannee”... here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5FvtYMzltQ of them playing it live. 

Are you back? Take a deep breath. Ok, did you enjoy the song and performance? Great. Let me introduce you to this lineup of suspects... oops, I mean musicians. The band formed back in 2015 with some session players and maybe burned out rockers in need of a new direction. The boys are Michael Hoag (bass), Chas Winzenread (lead guitar), Ken Bailey (drums), and Kenneth Grube (acoustic guitar and vocals). I was talking to Michael on the phone the other day and just loved the story of the band. 

First up, I want to talk about Kenneth Grube... and with a startling factoid of Kenneth is that he does 150 shows each years doing an Elvis tribute. That feeds his family. But then he plays in Cottondale Swamp and in a total different musical direction. But what is so cool, he gives the aura of being this bit player in a Quentin Tarrantino movie with his swagger and roughed up dress in his performances. I can't say I know of another character so out of kilter with the modern pop/country scene in today's entertainment field. You've got Justin Timberlake types, with their slick marketing side for the kids. Then you have the 'attitude junkies' of the modern pop female genre. You have the hip hop with a twang country pop stars. Then you have something totally different... Ken Grube fronting this growling swamp-rock group Cottondale Swamp. I just love it. 

Michael Hoag is on bass, originally from Boston, and he played in about every band within a hundred miles of the seaboard. But Michael was most personable when I visited with him by phone one afternoon. Not an embittered hard rocking interview whatsoever, but surprisingly personable. And he is probably the central player in the songwriting part of Cottondale Swamp. They all are a part, but Michael was important to the writing of the song “Leave Me On The Swannee” (and yep, that is how they spell it in the old Florida way). On a side note, Michael's sister, Judith Hoag, is an actress in the hit show “Nashville”... 
Chas Winzenread, lead guitar, and a great performer with the sounds he brings into the group's songs. I love his playing! He is a super experienced musician that knows the trade and what the business is all about. He has performed all over the world and will bring that knowledge into this concert with the band. Originally a small town boy from the mid-west, Chas cut his teeth in the Hollywood/LA rock scene and played in that strange world there for some time. 

Ken Bailey, drummer and vocals, and also a member of the Drummers Collective. You'll have to look that one up! LOL. This guy has done it all and has even been a session player in New York City. He was a technical director and staff drummer of one of the large studios in the metropolis. He brings his chops to Cottondale Swamp while giving them their unique swampy sound. 

Finally, (from their website) 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, and many more. 

I'm gonna love leading off for them. I hope they don't bite. 

News From Cottondale Swamp 

On Saturday, April 21st Cottondale Swamp is hosting a really cool show at the Neptune Lounge in downtown Tarpon Springs, FL. Opening the night is Tampa's legendary alt-country band HANGTOWN. This is a reunion performance and they will be playing many great songs from their many incredible albums.

Cottondale Swamp will be playing new songs from our upcoming 2nd record!

Cottondale Swamp is going into the recording studio in May to start work on the next record! We have so many great new songs and some sick swampy grooves that are going to make you want to move! Wait until to hear what we've been up to, I think you're gonna love it!

Original Florida Swamp Rock, Southern Americana, Outlaw Country and sweet sweet Rock 'n Roll!

News From Cottondale Swamp 

Cottondale Swamp has added a bunch of new shows to the calendar. We are sharing the stage with some of our favorite bands from the big 'ole state of Florida.

- February 16th, we are back at our favorite listening room in Florida, The Hideaway Cafe. We are splitting the night with the Cadillac Cowboys. If you haven't caught the Cadillac Cowboys before, you are in for a big treat... these guys are really good. Think "Asleep at the Wheel" meet "Junior Brown" sprinkled with "Hank Marvin".  Cottondale Swamp will be playing song new songs from our upcoming new album!

- March, 17th we are playing a show at the Daiquiri Shak on Madeira Beach. This is an iconic beach bar with a great sound system and stage. We are opening for Death, Love and Addiction. This is a hard rocking band made up of local heroes Ken Logan and Joe Sanders. Death, Love and Addiction's debut album drops a few days after this show.  I suspect both bands are really going to bring it!

- April,6th we are opening the show for the Don Gates Band's CD release. This is their 3rd album and it is awesome. Hard driving outlaw country at it's finest. This is Don's last show in Tampa before moving to Nashville, Tennessee.

- On April, 20th we grace the stage at The Neptune Lounge in Tarpon Springs, FL. with our buds, Four Star Riot. Four Star Riot has opened for national acts such as Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Train, Lit, Jimmy Eat World, among others. The band’s songs have been featured in television and film, including: ESPN, MTV, and the record-breaking film l'm Deadpool in 2016.

- On May 25th, we join the whos-who of Tampa Bay when we play the - Us Too Festival: WMNF Tribute to the US Festival. We play at Skipper's Smokehouse and we'll be playing songs by Hank Jr. The festival is two nights - May 25th @ Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa and May 26th @ Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL.

- And then on May 26th, we race down to Fort Meyers, Florida to play a show for the Americana Community Association.

 

The latest from Cottondale Swamp... 

Happy Belated New Year! We had a busy December and January playing a bunch of Cottondale Swamp shows and writing songs for our upcoming album! That would be album number two, if you are keeping count.

We are so thankful to our friends, fans, family and music associates for all the support they have shown us this past year. We have been on a wild ride since starting this band in 2016. We love being the purveyors of Florida Swamp Rock and Florida Outlaw County!

This Saturday, January 13th, we are sharing the bill with our power pop rock buddies, Four Star Riot.  We have a long storied history with this beloved Tampa-Bay band. I can guarantee this will be an awesome show! The Wild Rover Brewery, 13921 Lynmar Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33626 

On Saturday, February 3rd, we will be making our Old Florida Swamp Rock debut at the Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor. This venue is "the" place in Safety Harbor, FL to hear original roots Americana, country, and gifted singer songwriters.  Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Ave. S., Safety Harbor, FL 34695

And then on Friday, February 16th, we will be returning to cools-ville USA, The Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL. We are sharing the bill with a fantastic Classic Country band called The Cadillac Cowboys. We have been wanting to do a show with these guys for a while. This band is the real deal. The buzz is building for this show and the word on the street is that it will sell-out, so get your tickets soon. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

And finally, on Saturday, May 26th, we are doing a concert at the Americana Community Music Association in Fort Meyers, FL. 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. 2756 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901

Our upcoming shows include new Cottondale Swamp songs and Kenny has some new dance moves:)

See ya'll soon!

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WMNF presents The British Invasion 4: 1975-1979

Skipper's Smoke House, 910 Skipper Road , Tampa, FL 33613

Cottondale Swamp takes on Eric Clapton!

The British are coming, the British are coming… AGAIN!

The 60’s had ended but England’s audio assault on the states continued in the late 70s as progressive rock gave way to punk, glam and new wave. American bands started to challenge the Brits for chart dominance but the British bands came on strong to make some of the most exciting music of the late seventies.

To celebrate our surrender to the Brits—WMNF presents The British Invasion 4. 6 hours of the best songs of the British invasion. 16 bands, each are performing 3 songs by their favorite British Band from 1975 to 1979.

Doors 5pm, music 6pm to 11:30pm

Dunedin Wines the Blue

Downtown Dunedin, 420 Main Street, Dunedine, FL 34698

The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association presents the 28th annual Dunedin Wines the Blues on Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:00 PM to 11:00 p.m., Main Street in downtown Dunedin. FREE SHOW. We are pleased to announce this year's stellar musical blues line up. Ally Venable Band, Cottondale Swamp, Trey Wanvig, Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike, Erica DiCeglie, Joey Gilmore, Duffy Bishop, Big Kettle Drum, Rockin Jake, Bridget Kelly, Band Shaw Davis