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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:01 pm

Tennessee’s top old-time banjo picker, Grand Ole Opry favorite Leroy Troy, brings his Tennessee Mafia Jug Band to Cumberland County Playhouse on July 23, at 8:00PM CST. Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is sponsored by BB&T/Legge Insurance Agency.

By 1980 Leroy Troy had developed a reputation as a good Old Time Banjo Picker and Singer minus the banjo tricks. Then when he was 17 he met an old timer named Cordell Kemp. Leroy was amazed with Cordell’s banjo playing. Cordell had learned first hand from “Uncle Dave Macon” star of The Grand Ole Opry. Cordell showed Leroy some banjo licks and tricks! Cordell Kemp influenced young Leroy so much he wrote and recorded “Ballad of Cordell Kemp.” Leroy has also appeared in several Playhouse theatrical productions including TENNESSEE STRINGS and CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN, USA.

Leroy practiced, refined and expanded those banjo tricks and it was not long before he dazzled a nationwide audience on the hit TV Show Hee Haw. It was on this show Leroy Troy honed his country humor with some help from the Hee Haw cast Grandpa Jones, Archie Campbell, Junior Samples, and Minnie Pearl. Leroy made regular appearances on Hee Haw the seasons of 1984 and 1985, playing his banjo and he also played the part of Billy Bob in the “Farmer’s Daughter” skit along side of Linda Thompson and Kenny Price. Leroy Troy has been entertaining audiences since 1979 and continues to do so from New York to California, Maine to Florida and even Ireland and England.

Now showing at the Cumberland County Playhouse: The Foreigner, sponsored by Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn; Smoke on the Mountain, sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; and Hairspray! Tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Box Office at (931) 484 – 5000 or online at
Posted 7.16.09

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