The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
in Concert May 27th at 7:30PM
Five Guys and a Scrubboard, with Roots Like Wisdom Teeth
Newest Spring-Fed Record artists and Arts Center favorite will perform old-time songs in the tradition of Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones and Stringbean featuring banjo master and showman Leroy Troy.
Tickets: Adults $15, Student, Senior & Group $12
Call 615-563-2787 to make reservations.
From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee,
home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band– five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band have shamelessly stolen a feature of the old Roy Acuff Show– a bit known as “Pap & the Jug Band“. There’s only so many graveyard numbers or raunchy love songs that even the most rabid country audience can sit through without some kind of relief. This frolicking fivesome brightens up the stage with rib-tickling old time tunes. Even better, they have an utter lack of self-consciousness (and some might say any sense of decorum). The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band not only know the music, they wear the costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that throw a cable-tv-numbed audience into hysterics. Grown women have lost control of internal organs when the Jug Band entertains ... tears a’ runnin’ down both legs!!
The band incluces
“Lonesome” Lester Armistead a shy and retiring retired printer now raising grandchildren on his
farm in the Luton‘s District of middle Tennessee, Leroy Troy - “The Tennessee Slicker”, a tall, handsome young man providing most of the actual music with his fiddle is the sophisticated (he was born in Pennsylvania) Dan Kelly, guitar man and booking agent Mike Armistead, Lester’s son and heir, and last but not least Andy Todd.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has a CD “Barnyard Frolic”, and they’ve had a video on CMT and GAC cable tv. They can be heard on the sound track of Faye Dunaway’s movie “Yellowbird“. They provided the entertainment for the society wedding of Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie a little while ago– you see how well that turned out. They played a New Year’s Eve at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and nearly brought the house down. They perform concerts all over the south, for bluegrass
festivals as far away as Bean Blossom, Indiana and even the State of Maine, and at the famous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons Virginia. Tours of Europe and the Far East are in the works. They’ll appear soon at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (our nation’s capitol). They’ve been on the Grand Ole Opry stage over a dozen times, and in spite of their wild antics, they get invited back! Hot picking, powerful harmony singing and riotous hijinks that will perk you up between the “hot young country” acts– that’s the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and thank God for them.