Best Live Band

City Paper

You could write a grad school thesis on Bobby E. Lee & the Sympathizers: They play sincere Americana music with nods to punk rock, while their embrace of Southern culture is knowing and self-aware. In short, their music’s more mindful and just plain fucking fun than all of these dead serious and dweeby Civil War reenactment folkies like Mumford and Sons. On stage though, they embrace the rowdy rebel shtick full-stop, and where the joke ends and the serious musicianship starts doesn’t matter in the face of all six of these guys hammering away at their instruments as the beer starts flying, goofy-ass props like bales of hay and a washboard with a chain around it add to the atmosphere, and the sloshed sing-alongs create gorgeous, furious country-fried noise.

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