Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours will party at The Palms

Photo: Antsy McClain (center) & The Trailer Park Troubadours. Credit: Kate Laddish Possible caption: Antsy McClain (center) & The Trailer Park Troubadours will bring their rollicking show to The Palms on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $25. Photo by Kate Laddish

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Singer, songwriter, musician and humorist Antsy McClain and his band the Trailer Park Troubadours are known for their entertaining stage presence, witty songs and energetic performances. Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours will return to The Palms Playhouse at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The titles of McClain’s songs give a glimpse into the lay of the land in his fictitious home-base of a friendly and definitely quirky trailer park called Pine View Heights. The up-tempo “It Ain’t Home ‘Til You Take the Wheels Off” is celebratory country-tinged rock ‘n’ roll. “Wreck of the Bookmobile” and “Cubic Zirconium in the Rough” are touching ballads with punch lines that zing all the more for the patina earnestness of the music. “I Was Just Flipped Off by a Silver-Haired Old Lady with a ‘Honk If You Love Jesus’ Sticker on the Bumper of Her Car” is a pun-filled reflection on the oddities of everyday life.

Whether he’s leading the Trailer Park Troubadours in up-tempo crowd-pleasers or playing more introspective pieces such as “Primer Grey Impala,” “Scrapbook,” and “Field Trip” solo, McClain keeps audiences engaged.

With his pompadour hair, polyester clothes and serio-comic delivery, McClain’s good-humoredly audacious performance style is a hallmark of his shows. Unlike many funnymen, McClain aims to mix in some serious songs without losing the flow. He can ramp things up, take it down to a bubbling simmer, and then back to a rollicking boil.

McClain’s band, The Trailer Park Troubadours, helps bring each song vividly to life. Able to turn on a dime and follow each others’ impromptu leads on-stage, the Troubs are a tight band – however much their garish polyester attire might lead you to think otherwise at first glance.

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 couple years back.

“We [the Troubs] kept talking about this show or that show at The Palms Playhouse,” 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’s newest album, “Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads,” is mostly populated with wryly upbeat mid-tempo originals plus a heavily reimagined “Crazy Train.” The album features his long-time band but there billed as “the Troubs” to reflect McClain’s move as a songwriter away from the mythical and actual trailer parks of his childhood to a broader scope of material.

Tickets for Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours’ Saturday, Dec. 2 show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) 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 at the door if the show is not sold out.

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