SXSW Spotlight: Banditos

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The Banditos' debut full-length album is due May 12 on Bloodshot Records.

Artist: Banditos

From: Nashville (by way of Birmingham, Ala.)

Online: Artist website; official SXSW page

SXSW showcase: 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Continental Club (1315 S. Congress Ave.); also at Audiotree day party, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Licha’s Cantina (1306 E. Sixth St), and Bloodshot Records day party, noon Friday, March 20, Yard Dog Art Gallery (1510 S. Congress Ave.)

The Banditos' debut full-length album is due May 12 on Bloodshot Records.

The Banditos’ debut full-length album is due May 12 on Bloodshot Records.

About the artist

Seemingly tailor-made for Chicago insurgent-country label Bloodshot Records, the 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.

They’re perhaps most intriguing when Richardson steps out front for a vocal solo turn that allows her Janis Joplin-like pipes to shine (as on “No Good” above). They’re hitting SXSW hard to promote their upcoming self-titled full-length debut, which is due from Bloodshot on May 12. They’ve just posted the album’s first single, “Cry Baby Cry,” on SoundCloud:

Could share a bill with: Drive-By Truckers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero, Felice Brothers


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