Join your trucker hat-wearing, Miller High Life-swilling bros for an evening celebrating all the greasy glory of trailer park culture. On Friday, March 26, grab a fancy meal of SpaghettiO's from the can at Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine and spend the evening rocking out to songs by Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours.
McClain, whose fans call themselves flamingo-heads after the ubiquitous pink lawn adornment, belts out ditties about life in the doublewide lane, while decked out in a pompadour and 1950s Buddy Holly garb. McClain's songs feature tales of the characters he met while growing up in a series of trailer parks in Kentucky. His lyrics, like in the song "I Married Up," are peppered with vivid descriptions of the trailer park lifestyle.
"She's got her brown fuzzy slippers and her mustard yellow terry cloth robe / Got her mail-order Richard Petty earrings dangling from each lobe / Got her hair up in rollers and the rollers are Mountain Dew cans / She's a picture of grace with that grilled Spam and cheese in her hands."
And while this poking fun of trailer park culture might get a few folks' rat-tails in a knot, McClain explained his choice of subject matter on All Things Considered in the following way:
"I'm singing about my own life and my own family and friends, people that are very dear to me. I think at first glance someone might think that this is strictly a parody or has ill intent or could be dark comedy. But it really is a tribute. I don't like the word 'trash,' and 'trailer trash' has been one of those terms thrown about that I think is very derogatory and mean-spirited, and it's not in any way the direction that I have ever wanted to take with this."
Catch Antsy McClain and his Trailer Park Troubadours at the Record Exchange for a free in-store performance on Thursday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., and again at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, March 26, for a special show that benefits the Boise affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Also, don't forget to stop by Donnie Mac's for a special afterparty with food and drink specials.