The Subdudes is an American roots rock group from New Orleans. Originally formed in 1987, their music is a blending of American folk, swamp rock, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues, country, cajun, zydeco, funk, soul and gospel with harmonic vocals. Their sound is notable for the band's substitution of a tambourine player for a drummer
The band has released a string of albums, including The Subdudes (self-titled) (1989), Annunciation (1994), Lucky(1991), Primitive Streak (1996), Live at Last (1997), Miracle Mule (2004), Behind the Levee (2006) (produced by Keb' Mo'), Street Symphony (2007), Live at the Ram's Head (2008), Unplugged at Pleasant Plains, and Flower Petals (2009).
In between times, they spilt in 1996, only to regroup in 2002 - first as The Dudes but then re-adopting the name 'subdudes' in March 2003.
As of 2010, the lineup included:
John Magnie (accordian, organ, piano, and vocals).
Tommy Malone (guitars, lead vocals)
Steve Amedee (tambourine, percussion, vocals)
Jimmy Messa (bass, rhythm guitar)
Tim Cook (bass, percussion, bass vocals)