The Smokin' Bandits

The Smokin' Bandits


Mixing influences ranging from Willie Nelson to The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat to Leftover Salmon, The Smokin' Bandits bring diverse musical backgrounds to form a sound that has been dubbed "Grass n' Roll;" uniquely theirs but one that reaches to music lovers of all genres and generations.


The Smokin' Bandits have been a staple on a powerful Midwest music scene for a decade with their original, high-energy form of music dubbed "Grass n' Roll." With an ever-growing, loyal, and dedicated fan-base along with a wide catalog of original material mixing influences ranging from Willie Nelson to The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat to Leftover Salmon, the band brings a powerhouse performance each time they take the stage sure to make you move, shake, and promising for every show to be one of different form. Forming as a string band in La Crosse, WI in 2003, the Bandits electrified in 2004 to form a sound that is uniquely theirs but reaches to music lovers of all different genres and generations.

2013 marks the band's 10th Anniversary, and The Smokin' Bandits have headlining performances scheduled at venues and festivals this Spring/Summer across the Midwest kicking off with a sold out show at The Muse Theatre (La Crosse, WI), and also including the High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI), Whiskey Junction (Minneapolis, MN), Bandit County Fair Music Festival (De Soto, WI), Riverfest (La Crosse, WI), and PeopleFest (Hillsboro, WI). They will also be opening for country music hall-of-famer Merle Haggard in July and performing at the 13th Annual Big Wu Family Reunion in Morristown, MN in August.

Late Spring brought the return of their Bandit County Fair Music Festival held June 7-8, 2013 along the beautiful Mississippi River in De Soto, WI. Joining the Bandits at this year's festival was once again some of the finest regional and national talent the Midwest has to offer including Reed Grimm & Shoeless Revolution, Fat Maw Rooney, God Johnson, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The People Brothers Band, Mark Joseph & the American Soul, TUGG, Evergreen Grass Band, Moon Boot Posse, SoapBox Project, Clovis Mann, and many more.

After a decade of touring The Smokin' Bandits continue to build steam, with a revitalized line-up that welcomed Craig Baumann (Fat Maw Rooney & Honest Monday) to the group on guitar. The band is planning for a live album release sometime in 2013 and to be back in the studio this fall working on their next full-length studio album with producer Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi / Todd Snider).

The Smokin' Bandits have shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Little Feat, Dr. John, Great American Taxi, ekoostik hookah, Jazz Mandolin Project, Dark Star Orchestra, Cornmeal, The Big Wu, Melvin Seals & JGB, Steve Kimock, Bill Miller, Trampled by Turtles, and Pear Near Sandstone amongst many more.


Walkin' Thru - 2005 - Full-length Album
In The Grain - 2007 - Full-length Album