The Banded Geckos formed in 1979. The original line-up consisted of Fred McDonough, Tim Taylor, and Evelyne Taylor. After McDonough left the band in 1981, Russell Fory and Gary Young joined. Over the course of 1983 into 1984, the band recorded their first album at Loma Ranch Studios in Fredericksburg, TX, entitled "The Banded Geckos."
After Gary Young moved on, Fory and the Taylors continued as a trio. With the addition of Charlie Arruda in 1988, the band recorded "Gecko Greetings," a Christmas album. They began work on "Art Gecko" in 1989, releasing it in 1990. In 1992, Arruda moved to Pennsylvania and Robert Knetsch joined the band.
In 1993, the Taylors relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began recording "Gecoupage" in 1994 with Russell Fory, Robert Knetsch, Grey Howell, and Pat Longmire, releasing it in 1995. In 2000, the Taylors and Grey Howell released "Gecko Canyon."
Over the years, The Banded Geckos performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Anderson Fair, Mucky Duck, Uncle Calvin's, Cactus Cafe and other venues throughout Texas, New Mexico, and beyond.