The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band embodies the spirit of the classic days of country music with their influences leaning heavy on the sounds of Uncle Dave Macon, Stringbean or Roy Acuff with his Smoky Mountain Boys. They all hail from the pastoral hills and hollers of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley, Bill Carlisle, Jack Greene, Lonzo & Oscar just to name a FEW!
Leroy Troy, the Tennessee Slicker, the most popular man in country music, the sultan of Goodlettsville, sings lead and some harmony vocals with the band. He plays banjo, washboard, harmonica and ukulele. Leroy carries on the tradition of Stringbean and Uncle Dave Macon with his antics on the banjo as well as pounding on the washboard like Roy Acuff’s Jug Band.
Mike Armistead is the better looking person in the group (and that ain’t sayin’ much) When he’s not working with the fire department for Nashville, trading knives, guitars or farming he is an award winning graphic artist designing and printing posters, Mike Armistead also plays guitar, sings lead and harmony vocals with the band.
Shad Cobb plays fiddle with the group. Shad is one of the best and most sought after fiddle players in town. He has been a long time resident of Nashville performing and recording with Robbie Fulks, Tim O’Brien, John Cowan just to name a few.
Blowing the jug and crooning the folks in the best hillbilly style is, Sir Cecil Ernie Sykes. Ernie has been raising the bar on vocals with the group since becoming a member of the Jug band. Someone once remarked he is the Frank Sinatra of hillbilly music. When he isn’t crooning a tune he can usually be found hamming it up with the band and the crowd.
Keeping the groove on the dog house bass is the incomparable, Andy Todd. Andy Todd lays down some of the tastiest and solid bass lines you’ll ever hear on or off the stage. He’s one of the best in the business and can always be called on to belt one out for the fans singing a strong hillbilly number.
Mike Webb is the “peoples choice” of the group. He’s the best dobro player on the stage or in the band period, some have even said that there’s no beginning to his talent and we couldn’t agree more with the people! He brings a whole new element to the Jug band in the ways of comedy, dancing, singing, guitar picking and playing the sweet sounds of hillbilly music on his dobro in the styling of Bashful Brother Oswald.
If you’re looking for a raucous and fun time frolic kind of band that harkens to yesteryear but with a modern twist, then the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is the band for you. Contact Brandon Mauldin at Conway Entertainment to book this band now!