In the backwoods and small towns of the Sunshine State anything could happen. At least that’s how Devon Stuart would tell it. Florida is as wild as it is weird. Cool springs melt into hot summer nights with all the sticky sweetness that cold beer and old records can bring. Nobody knows this better than Florida’s own Snakehealers. These hometown Gainesville guys play with the ease of old friends. The partnership between songwriter Stuart, and guitarist Chad Smith hails back from their days with The Takers, another raucous good time straight out of Gainesville. Snakehealers bring a new revival of that same old feeling… anthems of hard luck and harder living. Like waking up ravaged from a night of good liquor and bad decisions, Snakehealers capture the feeling of being young and unmoored better than just about anyone. Mike Alligood’s strong and steady bass lines are the anchor, and Danny Michael tears through rhythms with the ferocity that only new blood can bring. He is the newest member to the threesome of Stuart, Alligood and Smith who have played together as Snakehealers with two other drummers over the years. Snakehealers tell a story like an old country song with the urgency and edge of rock n’ roll. Songwriters Stuart and Smith play a whiskey soaked ambivalence against a restless spirit, with sharp and relatable lyrics. A Snakehealers show will take you from long nights on the road to the aching need of a new love. From the slow death of barroom life, to murder on a desolate highway you take a ride through pain and heartache with stops along the way to see all the sweet things this life has to offer. Smith’s guitar takes every emotion and stretches it to a mind bending fullness. You will not be bored.