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Genre-bending rock band Filthy Still plays Club Cigar on Tuesday

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If music was a city and genres were its neighborhoods, bluegrass, country and punk rock would probably exist entirely in different places in town.

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The Filthy Still from Providence, Rhode Island

Someone who calls herself a bluegrass person might not call herself a punk rock person or a country person, and vice versa. One might visit the other neighborhoods now and then, but they’d never live anywhere else.

For the band Filthy Still, however, they simultaneously live in all three neighborhoods, and they have been for quite a while. On Tuesday you can see the band perform live at the Club Cigar. The show starts at 10 p.m. Matt “Mule” McKinley will perform as well. There is no cover charge.

Filthy Still started as the stage name of Jesse Roderick in Providence, Rhode Island in 2008. He later recruited drummer Jeremy Garland, banjo player Matt Olson and bassist Mike Walker and back-up vocalist/washboard player Dylan Wolk. They played their first official show in July 2010. soon the two-string washtub bassist Artie Elmer joined the group and they started playing clubs all across the Northeast playing their unique brand of punk rock/Americana.

filthy stil 1Tragedy struck the band when in December of 2010, Wolk died unexpectedly. The band returned after several months away from music to pay tribute to their bandmate. A scholarship has been set up in Wolk’s name, which you can donate to here.

Wolk’s voice can be heard on several tracks of the band’s debut album “All Bottled Up” which came out in 2011.

The band’s latest album “Six Feet Deep” was their first album with Farmageddon Records, an independent label started in 2009. They also host an annual music festival, which last year was moved to Sprague, Wisc., just outside of Madison.

McKinley, meanwhile hails from southern Maryland and plays a mixture of blues and roots music.

For more information on the show, check out the Facebook event page.

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