Banditos Like to Let Their Dirty Roots Show

Photo: Joshua Shoemaker

Banditos are a downright dirty band. That’s not an observation about their personal hygiene, but an analysis of their aural impact, although it’s open to interpretation when lead guitarist and lap steel player Jeffery Salter describes the construction of the country-rocking outfit’s sound by saying, “Each person brought their own stank to the collective nostril.” And they did, after all, once make a batch of home-recorded tunes called The Filthy Sessions.

Without taking a ride on the Banditos tour bus, we’ll have to assume the sextet’s “stank” quotient comes chiefly from the earthy, ragged-but-right feel they bring to their blend of hell-bound honky-tonk, roadhouse roots-rock, and field-holler folk — for easy ID purposes, let’s be lazy and call it Americana. The band came together in Alabama just a couple of years ago, but couldn’t stay in one place for too long. “We recently uprooted from Birmingham and moved to Nashville to get out of our comfort zone,” says Salter. “It’s been tough but it’s been one of the best experiences for all of us.”

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