Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours bring the party to The Palms on Aug. 23

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Antsy McClain (second from right) & The Trailer Park Troubadours, including Bruce Wandmayer, Terry Domingue, and Todd McMasters, will bring their rollicking show to The Palms (13 Main St. Winters) on Thursday, Aug. 23. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $25. Courtesy photo

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Musician and humorist Antsy McClain is known for his entertaining stage presence, witty songs and energetic performances. Antsy McClain and his band The Trailer Park Troubadours will return to The Palms Playhouse  at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

The titles of McClain’s songs give a glimpse into the lay of the land. The up-tempo “It Ain’t Home ‘Til You Take the Wheels Off” is celebratory country rock. “Wreck of the Bookmobile” and “Cubic Zirconium in the Rough” are touching ballads with punch lines that zing all the more for the music’s patina of earnestness.

Whether he’s leading the Troubs in up-tempo crowd-pleasers or playing more introspective songs like “Primer Grey Impala and “Field Trip” solo, McClain keeps audiences engaged.

Nashville-based McClain, who’s been playing The Palms since the days of “the old barn” in Davis, has a soft spot for the club and recorded a live album there a few years back.

“We kept talking about this show or that show at The Palms,” said McClain, “and it was obvious that this is a favorite venue – not just for me, but for everyone in the band. So when we decided to do another live album, we wanted to do it at The Palms. 

“The Palms has this cozy, intimate vibe, especially when you load the stage with six or seven guys. But there is just something that happens there. The audiences are always great. It always feels like a family reunion when we come back.”

McClain has released 15 albums in the last 25 years. His newest, 2017’s solo release “Under the Light of a Quarter Moon,” has introspective, lushly-produced songs written and recorded during “the most prolific, creative growth spurt of (his) life.

His previous album, “Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads,” is mostly populated with upbeat mid-tempo originals. That album features his long-time band but billed as “the Troubs” to reflect McClain’s move as a songwriter to a broader scope of material.

Tickets for Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours’ Thursday, Aug. 23 show at The Palms Playhouse are $25 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids‘ Broken Note in Woodland, online at The Palms’ website and via Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out.

For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and unhitched.com.

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