Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
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 … crying so bad there was tears a’ runnin’ down both legs!
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band has a CD “Barnyard Frolic”, had a video on CMT and GAC cable tv, and their latest CD from 2010 is “Poor Leroy’s Almanack”. 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 awhile 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. Mike and Leroy appeared on the short-lived GAC comedy series “Outsiders Inn” and upstaged stars Carney Wilson, Bobby Brown and Marine McGovern so bad that the series had to be cancelled (Besides that, it sucked.) The Jug Band performs concerts all over the south such as the famous Carter Family Fold in Hiltons Virginia, and on bluegrass festivals as far away as Bean Blossom, Indiana and even in Vermont, New York, Maine and Le Belle Province of Quebec Canada. Tours of Europe and the Far East are in the works… well, they’ve been in the works a long time, no one’s holding their breath. They appeared on stage in a big country show at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (our nation’s capitol) and commented that the joint would hold a lot of hay. They’ve been on the Grand Ole Opry stage over a dozen times, and in spite of their wild antics, they get invited back (after Management memories fade).
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.