Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at Station Inn 

Jug Life

Jug Life
Those to whom the Grand Ole Opry of today seems a bit quaint have no idea of just how rustic country music once was—but the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band surely does. With a rotating cast behind frontman Mike Armistead and his leather-lunged dad Lester, the Jug Band specializes in the uproarious side of string band music, spouting classics from the likes of Roy Acuff with a degree of abandon that threatens to set most any stage on fire. You may see the fabulous Leroy Troy and his epic clawhammer banjo, or the John Cowan Band’s Shad Cobb fiddling up a storm, or Kent “Superman” Blanton on the big bass. But whoever turns up for this show, rest assured they’ll be playing like these tunes like they used to sound—not just with ferocious chops, but with utter delight.
Sat., Dec. 26, 9 p.m., 2009

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