Banditos’ Rollicking Good Debut

Raucous Nashville-Based Rockers Evoke Southern Rock Giants

The press release for Banditos describes the music as “populist choogle,” a self-reflexive autonym of CCR invention referring to a wild and rockin’ good time. Thinking of how choogling Banditos are, I thought of other verbal expressions to describe their music. This is music for the getaway car post-Bonnie and Clyde shootout, with raucous rollickers like “The Breeze” and “Still Sober (After All These Beers).” It’s music for moonshine-addled lunar howls issued from a rickety porch in the sullen Joplin soul of songs like “No Good.” It is music as hot and crackling as a lightning bolt rumbling and rambling across a Southern sky. 


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