This band consists of a group of seasoned musicians, songwriters, and performers; Branden Benningfield on lead vocals and guitar, Milo Flint on back-up vocals and lead guitar, Dorothy LaValley on back-up vocals and bass, and JD Francis on drums. The Guadalupe Pirates bring a heart-felt, high energy show every time they step on stage. For a band that was formed in the latter part of 2011, they have certainly gained some miles. They have shared the stage with the likes of Kevin Fowler, Phil Hamilton, Six Market Blvd, Cameran Nelson, Cody Canada and the Departed, Deryl Dodd, and Shenandoah. In the summer of 2014 they were a part of the “Urban Cowboy Reunion” tour which featured Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee. They have charted two singles on the Texas Regional Radio Charts and produced their EP, titled “Way of the Gun”, which is currently available for purchase on several websites and here on this website under the 'Shop' tab.
This band brings a variety of sounds to the stage. You can rock out to this band. You can two-step to this band. You can laugh. You can cry. But you will always be tapping your foot, and before you know it, you will be singing along with the catchy tunes and begging for more! Thus far, there has not been one venue the Pirates have played where they were not immediately invited to come back and play again. You just can’t get enough of ‘em!!
“Part outlaw country rock, part Americana, this is a band that typifies alternative country. Blazing honey dripped twang guitar meets down to earth vocals that make me feel like I’m home. Sonically, this is good stuff, writing wise it’s great. Performance is top notch. Get this collection so you’ll have an excuse to drive fast down those old back roads with the windows down and stereo up!!”
Rodney Pyeatt-Guitarist for Stoney Larue/Producer/Songwriter
“The Guadalupe Pirates go into a room, take control of their stage and have the entire room dancing on the tables before they’re done. They’ve never failed to be invited back!”
Keli Pearce - Seventh Planet Entertainment
“Stryk TV had the opportunity to interview the Guadalupe Pirates a while back. We had a chance to sit down and have dinner with them. So, that gave us a chance to find out a lot more about them being in the country music family. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to our town & back to Stryk TV anytime! What a great group! Thanks for the music!”
Tommy Mouser - Stryk TV/Country Then and Now
“Heard what I was hoping to with a name like that…and they earned it all on their own!”
Jeff Golemba - 101.9 Texas Country KCYL
“There’s no question what you are getting when you go to a Pirates show. Take-no-prisoners, hard driving, honest music. They have a unique growl with musicianship that is second to none.”
Steve Peters - Steve Peters Photography - TexasLocalScene.com