"As soon as we had the banjo, we had the Bobby E. Lee persona," Donnelly says over beers with Finch on a hot-as-hell Sunday in late June in Charles Village. That persona? An amped-up cracker caricature that begins with the group's brilliantly stupid name, which cuts Confederate hero Robert E. Lee down to size, and extends to redneck-baiting aliases (Donnelly's Tom Foolery and Finch's Honkis Fleabottom) and declared allegiance to the made-up state of Franklin. Usually up front hooting and hollering is drummer and singer Bobby Tolbert (Bobby E. Lee). The other members are Thomas Kable (Uncle Thomas) who plays banjo and guitar, Brendan Hamilton (Jimmy Crow) on guitar, bass, and banjo, and Joe Koller (Bear) on vocals, harmonica and percussion, including washboard and cowbell.