Florida Swamp Blues…. that's the music of Packrat's Smokehouse. Anthony "Packrat" Thompson is a raw, greasy harmonica player, evoking the swamp sounds of Baton Rouge that has spread and taken root in the steamy Florida lowlands. His voice is reminiscent of Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf. The lowdown guitar sound of guitarist Robert "Top" Thomas who is equally impressive, 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 2016.
Opening for such acts as "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
Band Members include:
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson- lead vocals, harmonica, percussion; Robert "Lightning Boy" Thomas- lead guitar, vocals; Kenny "The Wizard" Sly-bass guitar, vocals; Aaron "Pop" Watson-drums,vocals.