Rosco Bandana headlines Down on Main

roscobandannBY SHEENA BARNETT
Daily Journal

TUPELO – The sounds of Mississippi come together in Rosco Bandana.

The septet, from Gulfport, blends a little bit of everything in its rollicking, folksy-rock sound. The band even recorded a song, “Feels Like Mississippi,” with the hopes it could become the new state song.

But Rosco Bandana’s energetic live shows and toe-tapping tunes are winning over fans across the country.

“We probably feel more at home in the South,” said the band’s percussionist, Barry Pribyl Jr in a phone interview from a tour stop in Connecticut. “Mississippi is close to our hearts, but everybody has been really kind to us everywhere we’ve gone.”

Rosco Bandana is on tour promoting its debut record, “Time to Begin,” which was released last September.

With seven members – Pribyl, vocalist and guitarist Jason Sanford, bass player Josh Smith, bass and banjo player Patrick Mooney, mandolin and lapsteel player Jackson Weldon, keyboardist Emily Sholes, and percussionist and vocalist Jenny Flint – they all have various influences, but they blend well together.

“We’ve never really butted heads. We work together as a family unit,” he said. “We all come together – that’s what makes Rosco Rosco. You can’t put a genre (label) on it.”

Though “Time to Begin,” isn’t even a year old yet, Rosco Bandana is ready to record a second album.

“We have plenty of material. We’re ready, whenever the time is right,” Pribyl said.

At Down on Main, fans can hear favorites from “Time to Begin,” as well as some of those new songs.

“Our live show is a whole different ball game, a different world,” Pribyl said. “We’re dancing, jumping off the drums, having a good ole time. It’s another side of Rosco we don’t portray on the record. We’re looking forward to it.”

Down On Main

WHO: Rosco Bandana, The Giving Tree Band

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8

WHERE: Fairpark, Tupelo

COST: Free

INFO: tupelodownonmain.com