|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country country-rock country western california fiddle independent bakersfield|
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Formed in Bakersfield, California, in 1992, the Smokin Armadillos was conceived by Josh Graham (3 June 1973, Bakersfield, California, USA; guitar) as a country rock band aimed at audiences of his own age group. His first bandmates were Jason Theiste (b. 27 October 1976, Bakersfield, California, USA; violin) and Aaron Casida (b. 5 July 1970, Bakersfield, California, USA; bass), who were soon followed by Rick Russell (5 July 1970, USA; vocals), Scott Meeks (b. 10 January 1973, Minot, North Dakota, USA; guitar) and Darrin Kirkindoll (b. 24 August 1969, Bakersfield, California, USA; drums). Bringing various stylistic leanings to the repertoire, the band built a strong local following for their zestful playing that echoed the Bakersfield Sound, wherein lay elements of traditional country, and the contemporary sounds of early 90s rock and alternative country. They made their own EP, Out Of The Burrow, which they sold at gigs achieving remarkable six-figure sales....