The Bath Salt Zombies are a central Florida band whose performances are an entertaining mix of originals and covers that has been variously described as grunge grass, carnival folk rock and hippie pirate music. Their unique sound is created by Graham Woodard—rhythm guitar and vocals, Zane Bowman—banjo, theremin and vocals, Dan Croley—percussion and vocals, Tucker Cobb—acoustic bass and vocals, and Jason “Fancypants Fancypants” Miller on mandolin.
The Bath Salt Zombies formed in the fall of 2012. They played more than 100 shows the following year, including several festivals in and around Florida such as Orange Blossom Jamboree and Bamboo Jamboo. The band’s eclectic sound quickly gained them popularity in a number of seemingly unrelated scenes including the hippie/jam scene, biker rallies and the acoustic punk scene.
In 2014 they came into their own as a Florida favorite with the February release of “Hairy Women and Farm Animals EP”. This was also the year for their first national tour which included 16 dates in three weeks in eight states from Georgia to Ohio to Illinois.
2014 also saw BSZ develop shows featuring innovative use of black light reactive props, costumes and makeup. Their award-winning, themed festival campsite stage efforts feature UV art, as well as stage and prop design and engineering done by the band and the BSZ Production Crew. Themes presented so far are: “Zombies in Space” at Orange Blossom Jamboree in 2014 which won 2nd place for best campsite, “Electric Zombieland” at Gov Fest 2015, and “Zombies of the Deep” at OBJ in 2015 where they came in first for best electric campsite, and “Electric Zombieland 2” at the Pass the Good Festival at the end of July 2015.
July 18th, 2015 saw the release of their first full-length studio album, “Six Feet Under the Big Top” marking the start of the summer’s national tour with over a month of dates from Florida to Wisconsin and back. Highlights on this tour were the Terrapin Hill Family Reunion Music Festival (KY) and several dates with other touring bands including the Rumpke Mountain Boys, the Madpolecats, Daysleeper and the Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project.
October 2015 included Ohio dates with Glostik Willy and a Friday night performance at Suwanee River Music Park’s Hulaween with String Cheese Incident and Primus. BSZ ended the year with an Ohio tour that included NYE with Glostik Willy and Yosemight in Dayton, OH.
In 2016 BSZ will continue gaining popularity by playing music festivals throughout the US such as Little Econ Love Fest (FL), May Daze Fest (OH), Orange Blossom Jamboree (FL), Willy Fest (OH), Oddcon (TN), Pink Moon Fest (WV) and more. Dates with Opposite Box of Chattanooga, TN are booked across the south eastern US for the first quarter of 2016 and a tour to Colorado and back is being planned for April. The band will also continue playing biker rallies like Daytona Beach Bike Week (FL), Sturgis Bike Week (SD) and Biketober Fest (FL).