› What: Banditos with Rye Baby and The Reputations
› Where: Revelry Room, 41 Station St.
› When: 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
› Admission: $10 in advance, $20 day of show
› For more information: 423-521-2929
Banditos is a group of six 20-somethings who met playing in various punk and rock 'n' roll projects around Birmingham, Ala.
In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce, who were busking around town, were 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.
The ecstatic crowd response cemented their conviction to become a full band. The addition of bassist Danny Vines made the group complete.
They moved into a house together in Birmingham and, after repeated tours through Nashville, decided to move the band there, where the music scene was bigger and more diverse. The sextet has since developed a unique and airtight sound, culminated through several years of enduring friendships and a road-dog touring schedule that has, at their count, numbered over 700 shows in the last three years.
That relentless tour schedule will bring them to Revelry Room on Friday night. Rye Baby and The Reputations will open. Music from the Banditos' new album, "Visionland," released in June, will comprise the majority of their set.
The group has been praised by reviewers from NPR ("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") to Rolling Stone ("Equal parts alt-country twang and garage rock bang recalling everything from ZZ Top's greasy boogie to the Alabama Shakes' coed soul.") They have performed around the world at festivals and in support of acts such as St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Blackberry Smoke and Old 97's.