Years Performed: 2017
Florida Swamp Blues … That’s the music of Smokehouse. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson is a raw, greasy harmonica player, who evokes the swamp sounds of Baton Rouge that has spread and taken root in the steamy Florida lowlands. The equally impressive Robert “Top” Thomas with his lowdown guitar sound can spit out fiery solos and muscular riffs reworking the deep, swampy groove of New Orleans and Delta blues, that make you think of the pine flatwoods and cypress bottoms of Central Florida. Top is from New Smyrna Beach and Packrat is from Lake Helen Florida. Although they have shared bandstands since the late 1970’s, it wasn’t until 1988 that they began to explore their common roots and their love of the Blues. In 2015 the band reunited and is now in the process of creating a much anticipated fifth album release in 2017.
Over the years, they’ve opened for Third Eye Blind, Jim Belushi and The Blues Brothers Band, Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Grinderswitch, The Del Vikings, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor, Noble “Thin Man” Watts, Kenny Neal, James Peterson, and Lester Chambers.
Cadillac in the Swamp – 1995
Edge of the Swamp – 1998