As we celebrate the ninth birthday of our first post our special feature continues. Based on the feature that use to appear in the football magazines of my youth it’s just a short series of questions about stuff’n’nonsense as me auld Nan would have said.

Great to have Ben from Hillbilly Irish band The Tan And Sober Gentlemen for today’s Q And A. The bhoys have a brand new album out that we reviewed just last week and we bloody loved it. A high energy combination of Irish, Celtic, Country and Rock’n’Roll that I’m not shy to tell you is among the contenders for album of the year!

Name / Nickname : Ben Noblit

Age (Estimate allowed!) : 30

Status : Single

Birthplace / Nationality / Ancestry : Chatham County, North Carolina/American/Irish, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, Icelandic.

Where do you live : Alamance County, North Carolina

Occupation : Musician

First job : Farm labor

A job you would have loved to do : Hunting guide

What / Who makes you laugh : Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Favourite movie star : Andy Griffith

Favourite film / TV show : Justified

Favourite band/s : The Freight Hoppers, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, Tyler Childers, Waylon Jennings, Alison Krauss & Union Station

Favourite Celtic-Punk bands : Tossers, Pogues, Cutthroat Shamrock

Up and coming Celtic-Punk band to watch : 1916

First and last record you bought : Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits, Dylan Walshe’s All Manner of Ways

How many instruments can you play : 2

How many bands have you been in : too many

Favourite venue / gig attended : Scythian, Shakori Hills dance tent circa 2008

Favourite venue / gig played : Hacketts Bar, Schull, Ireland

Describe yourself in 5 words : Long-haired country boy

Most embarrassing moment : Split pants down the middle onstage

Favourite song and why : Pretty Saro-first song I learned to play

Favourite album and why : Alison Krauss & Union Station-Live. I listen to it most every morning while I make coffee.

Favourite song you’ve been involved in : All the Time, off of Tan and Sober’s “Regressive Folk Music.”

Team/s supported as a kid : Carolina Tar Heels

Favourite sportsperson : Dale Earnhardt

Favourite sport : Basketball, ice hockey

All time hero : George Noblit

Favourite book : Shelby Foote’s Civil War series

Best friend : My accordion player, Alan Best

Biggest influence on career : old-time fiddle player David Bass

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given : The best judge of a man’s character is whether or not women feel safe around him.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be : Alamance County, North Carolina

Your five dream dinner guests : Dale Earnhardt, Shane MacGowan, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams

Your favourite quote : For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.-H.L. Mencken

Anything to plug / promote : New album by the Tan and Sober Gentlemen. “Regressive Folk Music” streaming now on all platforms

‘Cold Chicken Skin’ isn’t on the new album, Regressive Folk Music, but check it pout anyway and have a look at our review where you can find out about the history of the band and what the new album is like and hear some songs from it.


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