Saturday, July 27, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
There are still tickets available to see the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band ("TMJB") in Watseka on August 3, 2013. My friend Bill Melton and I are opening. Bill and I will receive no financial gain from it (but you might want to buy some of Bill’s CDs). I just really hope to see old friends.
I do, however, want to tell you about the main act. I wholeheartedly encourage you to attend. The TMJB's members are a “living history lesson” and – they are nice people. They could skip Watseka on their tour but they are not – and they are bringing something special to town.
I know many of you listen to country music. Even if you don’t, I’ll bet you’ve tapped your feet to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s songs or hummed along with the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man.” I’d be surprised if you’ve never sung along in your car to an Eagles' song (I hope I’ve just put “Take It Easy” into your head). That music (country, southern rock, and country rock (heck, all rock)) can trace its roots to the old-time music that echoed through the hills of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band plays old-time Tennessee music as it was originally played. The guys do it in a family-friendly way that combines Vaudevillian showmanship with musical virtuosity. Their show is affordable and they are nice guys. If music moves you, skipping the TMJB is like ignoring the Mona Lisa and praising Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can.
But Tom (you ask): “How do you know the TMJB has nice guys?” Well, my friends (fellow acoustic musicians Bob and Lori) told me so. Bob’s and Lori’s son, Connor, is autistic. Connor loves the Marty Stuart show and he adores Leroy Troy. Connor went with his folks to see Leroy Troy and the TMJB (of which Leroy is a member) in Silver Dollar City last year. Here’s what Bob told me about it:
“Connor wanted to see Leroy Troy and the TMJB so much that we attended both shows that day. After the show Leroy and the band all lined up to sell merchandise, sign autographs, and just talk to folks and take pictures. Connor was way too shy to approach them, but when we told them they were his favorite, Leroy signed a CD 'to Connor, from your friend Leroy Troy' and brought it out around the table. Leroy asked Connor if he had Leroy's new CD. Connor said 'no,' and Leroy said ‘you do now.’ They all said goodbye to Connor, and were friendly and pleasant to everyone. Great bunch of guys! All of them talked to Connor and were extremely nice, a class act. If you get a chance, thank them again for us and tell them Connor says ‘hi.’ Besides that, they are excellent musicians and play ‘real’ music.”
How can you not want to support, see, hear, and meet people like that? Come to the show - bring your significant other, your friends, your children, your families . . . .
Here's more about the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band:
Thanks and I’ll see you at the Watseka Theatre.