Smokin' Armadillos

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Smokin' Armadillos
Origin Bakersfield, California, United States
Genres Country
Years active 1992-2009
Labels Gramac, MCG/Curb, Housekeeping
Past members
  • Aaron Casida
  • Josh Graham
  • Darin Kirkindoll
  • Scott Meeks
  • Rick Russell
  • Jason Theiste

Smokin' Armadillos was an American country music group formed in Bakersfield, California in 1992. It was composed of Rick Russell (lead vocals), Josh Graham (guitar), Scott Meeks (guitar), Jason Theiste (fiddle), Aaron Casida (bass guitar), and Darin Kirkindoll (drums).[1]

Their highest charting single, "Let Your Heart Lead Your Mind," peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1996; it was included on their self-titled debut album, issued that year on MCG/Curb Records.

In 2012, Graham and Russell founded a new duo called Lucky Ned Pepper.[2]



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Out of the Burrow (EP)
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Gramac
Smokin' Armadillos 37 24
Strike the Match
  • Release date: August 19, 2003
  • Label: Housekeeping
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1993 "My Girlfriend Might" Out of the Burrow
"I'm a Cowboy"
"Red Rock"
1996 "Let Your Heart Lead Your Mind" 53 Smokin' Armadillos
"Thump Factor" 68
"Miracle Man"
1998 "I Don't Want No Part of It" 64 90 Plan B
"Waking Up Behind the Wheel"
2003 "You Were a Mountain" Strike the Match
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1993 "Red Rock"
1996 "Let Your Heart Lead Your Mind"


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Muñoz, Matt (18 July 2012). "Smokin' Armadillos alums resurface as Lucky Ned Pepper". Baokotopia. Retrieved 19 April 2013.