Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, Tuesday & Wednesday, Aug. 21 & 22, 7 p.m., 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, $75/members, $80/non-members, trilakesarts.org.
rior to introducing himself to Hollywood as writer, director and star of the Oscar-nominated Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton was a musician, roadie and fanboy who could talk to you for hours about everything from Bakersfield country to British prog-rock. Today, he’s still two of those three, although the whole movie star thing does sometimes get in the way. Over the past decade, Billy Bob and his band The Boxmasters have managed to release a steady stream of albums, including last month’s In Stereo, an unabashedly Beatles-and Big Star-influenced collection that’s apparently unavailable in mono. The Boxmasters are also the heroes of a recent graphic novel in which they battle a time-traveling villain who’s hell-bent on destroying the history of rock ’n’ roll. Currently, the band is in the midst of a national tour encompassing more than three dozen cities. “We’ll be out there trying to promote our record, and there will be a bunch of people with Sling Blade posters,” Thornton recently told journalist Brock Radke, while also recalling how a woman once came up to him holding a trash bag containing her father’s artificial leg that had been signed by Johnny Cash and a bunch of other famous musicians. And no, it’s not on eBay, I already checked.