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Beers & Banjos featuring: Slack Family Band

Fri, Apr 07 - 6:00 pm

The SLACK FAMILY is a phenomenal bluegrass band with a strange and sordid history. I'll attempt to tell the story here, as best I can recollect it.

The SLACK FAMILY was living a peaceful day to day life in the foothills of the Broke Slack Mountain, somewhere near Possum Holler, VA They had only the shirts on their backs and the good sense God gave them. They were surviving by brewing up corn squeezins and playing bluegrass tunes at the local watering hole, Clem's Dew Drop Inn. They would probably still be living that way today, except that while searching for the legendary Buckshot Still, some revenuers discovered the Slacks way back up in the woods.

The AT&F boys found the Slacks living in a one room tarpaper shack, and decided that they better "save" the Slacks from the evils of mountain life. The revenuers brought them to the county courthouse and turned them over to the magistrate. He took one look at the sad, forlorn bunch and said they would have to go live in the state poor house over in Galax.

The Slacks were so upset by this news that they broke into one of their sadder tunes, something about the "fields are dry and my hound-dog done died". Anyway, the magistrate, being a man who enjoyed a good tune and a nip now and again, knew he had stumbled onto some real talent. He phoned up his old buddy, big city record man, Dicky Jay.

Dicky made the trip from River City down to Clem's Dew Drop Inn just to hear the Slacks burn the joint down with their hootin' and a hollerin' hillbilly music. He signed them to an exclusive contract on the spot, and today they are the barndance darlings of River City.

The Slacks don't think much of all this, and continue to live life in the old ways. It's rumored that they still make a little mash within the city limits, just for medicinal purposes, of course.

"Once you've gone SLACK, you'll never go back"
-satisfied listener, 2001


The SLACK FAMILY began life over ten years ago performing in the streets

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The Camel 1621 W. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220

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