The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, along with banjo star Leroy Troy, performed two sold-out shows at the Many Community Center [historic Sabine Theater] in downtown Many Saturday, June 22. The event was described as one of the most exciting shows to be performed at the local Community Center. Many are already requesting the soon return of the band to this area.
“Robert and I had a super time putting together the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band concerts! It was a true pleasure to have these great guys and their stellar music in our little town”, said Laurie Gentry, a promoter of the event. Laurie stated, “We are so blessed the Town of Many, Mayor Ken Freeman, Cultural District Chair Mary Brocato, our elected officials, businesses and individuals enthusiastically support live music at our historic and beautifully refurbished Sabine Theater”. Not too many small towns of 2,700 in rural parishes and counties across the U.S. have such a thriving music and arts scene. Laurie expressed a heartfelt thanks to every person who made this No Man’s Land Bicentennial event a big success!
(L to R) Mike Webb, Laurie Gentry, Andy Todd & Robert Gentry
The Jug Band hails from the mountains of Tennessee and are known around the world for their authentic old-time Folk and early Country music. They are based out of Nashville, where they often appear on “The Marty Stuart Show” on RFD-TV, America’s only television network devoted to rural living.
The group was started by the late Lester Armistead and features Old-time music patterned after Uncle Dave Macon, the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry; Roy Acuff, Pappy and his Jug Band and other legendary Old-time musicians.
The band has played the Grand Ole Opry dozens of times; they have headlined at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and have performed at hundreds of top–tier music festivals across the United States. Along the way, the group also provided entertainment for the society wedding of actress Angelina Jolie.
Belting out a good one, with Dan Kelly on the fiddle, Mike on the guitar, Leroy Troy on the banjo and Mike Webb on the dobro
During the event, the troupe played a wide variety of traditional acoustic instruments always found in the string bands of America’s frontier such as fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, slide guitar (now called dobro), upright string bass, washboard, bones, spoons and the jug.
Leroy Troy cuts a shine in a rare performance of “Grandfather’s Clock”
Their repertoire consists of spirited “play party”–style songs of the 1800s and ballads that tell the stories and experiences of early American life.
The program was a special presentation of the No Man’s Land Bicentennial Celebration, headed by Sabine Tourist Commission Director Linda Curtis-Sparks, and also a special presentation of the Many Cultural District, chaired by Town of Many Councilwoman Mary Brocato.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson and Tennessee Slicker Leroy Troy
Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band were chosen to appear in Many as part of the three-year long No Man’s Land Bicentennial Celebration for their unique skills and authenticity in Old-time music. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band provides a highly-entertaining, yet historic romp through America’s past. The program was filled with Old-time music, corny jokes and fun for all.