If you've ever stepped foot on a golf course, you're probably familiar with what is called a mulligan.
A mulligan, at least in informal golf, basically lets you off the hook for a poor shot -- if you hit a drive in the wrong fairway or knock one of your iron shots in a water hazard, you can take an extra stroke without counting it on the scorecard.
When Ross Newell was in the process of naming his then-new band, the concept of the mulligan stuck in his mind. He, like the rest of the band members, had all already been in a few bands and had learned from those bands' successes and failures.
"We sort of all at the same time reached an epiphany point, where it's like we should try this again knowing what we know now, so we took the name from a mulligan in golf," Newell said. If you foul a shot off in the woods, you can take a mulligan and try again knowing what you know now."
Thus, the band had a name --the Mulligan Brothers.
The Mulligan Brothers will perform Saturday night at the Mark Twain Brewing Company, 422 North Main Street, Hannibal. Doors open at 6 p.m., with music by Esther Moore starting at 7 p.m. and music by the Mulligan Brothers at 8 p.m. The show is a fundraiser for American Legion Post 55 Riders. Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased at the American Legion Post or the brewpub.
Newell distinctly remembers using what later became known as his talents to annoy his family.
"I annoyed everyone, walking around and singing at the top of my lungs, making drum sets out of pots and pans and tubs. It's just sort of always been there," he said.
Growing up, Newell played tenor saxophone in concert band and marching band. When he was a junior in high school, he started his first garage band.
Now, the Mulligan Brothers have been together for four years. The band, Newell says, does not necessarily like to be confined to one genre.
"We usually use the copout answer of Americana because it encompasses so many genres that we don't get held responsible for a narrower genre," he said. "It's kind of an ever-evolving thing. We've traditionally been more of an acoustic band. "
However, the band has started to bring in more instruments, including some electrical instruments.
The band currently has three albums out, all available on iTunes and the Mulligan Brothers' website, themulliganbrothers.com/store.
Newell says the band hopes to have a new album out early next year.
He's excited for the band to return to Hannibal -- they recently played at the Brew Skies Music Festival -- and hopes that you are, too.
"Well, I think if you love music, and particularly, you like good old honest music, I think we can bring you something you don't see and hear every day," he said. "Whether it's your style of music or not, I guarantee that when you leave, you'll know that you were told the musical truth."