Slice of Americana
The lowly trailer park doesn’t get much respect in American society. Mention the term and many people conjure up images of run-down doublewides or a twisted metal heap left over from a destructive tornado. But Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours offer a lighter, some may say even romantic, side of trailer park living. The band calls their music “folkabilly,” which mixes elements of southern-fried rock, country and bluegrass and is served with a heaping slice of self-deprecating humor. Singer-songwriter Antsy McClain’s funny anecdotes about blue-collar life can be heard in songs such as “It Ain’t Home (’Til You Take the Wheels Off),” “Redneck Aphrodisiac” and “Custom Made Airbrushed License Plate.” McClain and musical collaborator Stephen Foster Fleming (third cousins twice removed, their bio says) formed the Troubs in the 1990s and released several albums over the years, including Doublewide & Dangerous (1998) and Way Cool World (2000). While Fleming retired from the band last year, McClain continues to entertain Flamingoheads (as fans of the band are called) backed by the now five-piece Troubadours. Their latest album is Trailercana. Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours perform 7:30 p.m. June 16-17 at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., Carson City. Tickets are $20 general and $18 for students, seniors and BAC members. Call 883-1976.