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Tennessee Mafia Jug Band gets Blue Blaze Award
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The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band burned up the stage after taking the Blue Blaze Award at the Jamboree Saturday evening.
The rain-soaked Jamboree crowd forgot the clouds when the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band burned up the stage after taking the Blue Blaze Award at the festival Saturday evening. The band, founded by the late “Lonesome” Lester Armistead, whose powerful tenor singing recalled the late great Bashful Brother Oswald, who taught Lester to sing performed a set that had the stage smoking. The band now consists of Armistead’s son Mike “Li’l Mikey” Armistead (dobro and vocals), Leroy “The Tennessee Slicker” Troy (Banjo, washboard, and vocals), “Handsome” Dan Kelly (fiddle), Mike “Spider Man” Webb (dobro and guitar), and Ernie “Sir Cecil” Sykes, and Kent “Superman” Blanton (bass fiddle).

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