"The Roadside Boys", a collaboration of the Harrington and Mahoney families, release their first CD "Double Irish Trouble", featuring the fan favorite "Pork Chop".

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The Roadside Boys first played at the Des Moines Register's annual bike ride, RAGBRAI. Instruments include guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordian, zydeco tie and feature young Jon Mahoney on the Irish whistle. Their music is a mix of bluegrass and Irish, sure to put a smile on your face.

The Roadside Boys is a musical collaboration of the Harrington and the Mahoney families. Tom Harrington plays lead guitar, John Harrington plays banjo, Dr. Bill Harrington is on mandolin, Joe Harrington strokes the zydeco tie, Mary (Harrington) Mahoney plays accordian and young Jon Mahoney brings it all together with his self-taught style on the Irish whistle.

The Roadside Boys first played on RAGBRAI, the Des Moines Register's annual bike ride across Iowa, in July 2005. The band was set up by the road in front of the family farm, now operated by Paul Harrington. Also on the farmyard was the pink school bus of "Mr. Pork Chop" - a perennial favorite among RAGBRAI riders.

Out of the party atmosphere arose a special song, "Pork Chop" which encourages listeners to '...get your meat from a sow, and not from a cow....don't take no chance on mad cow disease...'. A major food corporate executive said of the song, ""I can't get this fool "Pork Chop Song" out of my head!!! That is so great! It rivals Heywood Banks' 'Interstate 80' song."

And John Campbell, Sports Director for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids and RAGBRAI reporter commented "...their music sure helped carry a couple of our features." Wayne, an expert, calls it "...music so good it should be on the radio."

"Double Irish Trouble" is available through the band's website, http://www.roadsideboys.com. There are free sample downloads on the site also. Any proceeds from the sale of the $6 CD will benefit the Poweshiek County food bank.


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