Get to Know the Last Bandoleros

Meet Sting's New Favorite Band

For those who haven’t seen the Last Bandoleros perform live, they deliver one helluva hot hola.

On Wednesday (June 22), Nashville’s 95-degree summer heat was no match for the band from Texas and New York as they lit into a fiery rooftop show at Warner Music Nashville. The event was as part of the label’s free Pickin’ on the Patio concert series and drew a packed (and sweaty) crowd of Music Row pros including rising star William Michael Morgan, Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and a host of studio musicians in shades on break between sessions.

In his opening remarks, WMN Chairman/CEO John Esposito shared the short version of story of how the group signed with the label. Scott Hendricks, WMN’s executive vice president of A&R, played him one Bandoleros song, and that’s pretty much all she wrote.

“I had never done that,” Esposito recalled. “He said, ‘I’m going to Austin to see them on Saturday. Let’s find out if they can actually play and whether or not they’re [jerks].’”

And jerks they are not. In a Q&A earlier that day, they were complete gentlemen who followed every compliment with humble thank you’s. Bassist Diego Navaira refilled my empty water glass twice and held the door open for me as I exited our 30-minute chat.

Plus, they don’t just play. They shred.

“You’re about to see artists that will be playing Madison Square Garden,” Esposito said, “and I can actually say that with pretty good confidence because about five of our artists have already played there. … We just want to expose what we love and what we’re passionate about.”

He forgot to mention that the Last Bandoleros happen to be Sting’s favorite band at the moment.

Earlier this month when the National Music Publishers’ Association presented the rock legend with its Songwriter Icon Award in New York City, he had only one request: a performance by the Last Bandoleros. “Needless to say, I love this band,” Sting said when he joined them onstage at the NMPA event.

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