"If Spade Cooley were to rise from the grave and assemble a four-piece flannel-clad Western Swing band, I imagine it would sound a lot like 6 Volt Rodeo. The Palm Harbor natives (Bear Cannon, Josh Paul, Mike Daley and Richy Scally) are a dance-inducing bunch with a generous side of jazz and rockabilly on their plate." - Creative Loafing Tampa - July 24, 2014
Now hailing from Clearwater, Florida, 6 Volt Rodeo has been painting the towns of Western Florida since 2010. From local bars and craft breweries to day-long festivals and swing dances all around West Central Florida, the music of 6 Volt Rodeo has sent hundreds of people out of their chairs and up on the dance floor with their rousing brand of Western Swing.
The story of 6 Volt Rodeo is a peculiar one. After all, Clearwater, Florida is hardly the place to find Texas-style swingin' sounds. The hot climate and lazy beaches are more conducive for incubating Jimmy Buffett fans, rather than Jimmy Bryant fans. Incredibly though, it just so happened that four "American Roots" musicians from the Tampa Bay Area were fast becoming aficionados of the hot jazz-fiddle tune fusion of 1930's and 40's Western Swing. Coincidentally, it just so happened that they all got to know each other around the same time. A jam session between the original 4 members, Bear Cannon (guitar), Mike Daley (upright bass), Richy Scally (guitar) and Christian Little (drums) resulted in the formation of 6 Volt Rodeo.
With the addition of Ari Little (vocals), the formula for 6 Volt's brand of Western Swing was developed early on. With jazz at their core, 6 Volt would balance the zaniness of Bob Wills and Speedy West's Western Swing with the classy, refined combo sounds of the King Cole Trio and the Benny Goodman Sextet. But the band wouldn't completely depart from their rockabilly and jump blues roots, taking upon the sounds of early Sun and King records hillbilly and rock n' roll artists as well as the classic honky-tonk sounds of 50's and 60-'s country legends such as Buck Owens and Ernest Tubb. This contagious combination has compelled 6 Volt Rodeo audiences to sweat, twirl and stomp on the dance floor for over four years.
2013 saw the departure of Christian and Ari from the group and the addition of multi-instrumentalist Josh Paul (drums). The result is a dynamic new sound of a band that now has no limits to their already eclectic repertoire. Added to their set were the sounds of Dixieland and Gypsy Jazz, Cajun Two-Steps, Mexican Mariachi Music and even Jamaican Ska, making 6 Volt Rodeo one of the most exciting and unique acts to see in the Tampa Bay Area. Whether it's a bar, swing dance, festival or private party, 6 Volt Rodeo is sure to get the audiences spinning their partners and romping on the dance floor all night!
For booking info, contact 6 Volt Rodeo at 6VoltRodeo@Gmail.com