Joshua Strickland, who is the frontman of regionally known band, The Bayou Bandits, has been labeled as “a young artist on the rise” by The Entertainer Magazine and The National Veteran’s Magazine. He brings the “True grit” sound of a kid from the swamp of south Louisiana mixed in with the soul of Bourbon Street where he honed his talent sitting in front of the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street as a “bucket boy” playing for pocket change in the French quarter. He and his band have opened for national touring acts such as Jason Charles Miller (Godhead, Marilyn Manson, Trueblood HBO), Austin Meade (red dirt country), and Jason Harris along with many Louisiana legends. Joshua Strickland embodies the southern rock sound by the emotion heard in his voice when he sings out that can only be emulated by a singer who has gone through the hard times and adversity that he has. At age 14 he was living through the nightmare that was hurricane Katrina by age 22 he was running missions throughout southern Afghanistan. His stories are raw, and real, and the listener can feel his emotion.