They used to call Jeff Jones Dracula when he fronted Dracula Jones; a breakneck and rough-hewn outfit whose fast and loose hard rock had fans wiping their chins. Well the cat is back without the Transylvanian prefix and a new band with plenty of bite: Pale Green Stars, a trio full of honky tonk, country blues, and a pervading tongue-in-cheek white trash aesthetic. This Syracuse-based band hangs, twangs, and bangs the classic side of the country road. Just take a bite out of the tasty new platter "The Honky Tonk Years" and delight in the swingin' country folks like Hank 3 and the Drive-By Truckers, and Pale Green Stars, refuse to abandon. A little more dynamic than Dracula Jones but just as salacious...Better bring napkins just in case.
Pale Green Stars performs with Waylon Speed, The Barry Brothers Band, and The Fevertones Tuesday, December 10, 9 p.m., at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave., $7-$9, bugjar.com.