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hollywood
07-14-2006, 14:56
I grew up with all older brothers listening to all kinds of music....everything from the Beatles, Bread, America, to Deep Purple and Black Sabbath! However, my true preference is classic and southern rock. I always enjoy listening to some good tunes when I'm relaxing, and enjoying my favorite pour. For me though when drinking bourbon, it's tough to beat some Sinatra Gold (smoking jacket not required)! My questions are.... 1) Do you enjoy listening to music with your favorite bourbon. and 2) What singer/group/band do you prefer?

Sijan
07-14-2006, 15:05
jazz of several types (just depends on mood), Sinatra & similar vocalists, bluegrass, blues

usually, something fairly relaxing

camduncan
07-14-2006, 15:15
I also grew up with music like America, Creedence, Simon and Garfunkel and Eric Clapton just to name a few. Then there was the sounds of Boney M blasting late at night at family get-togethers - usually long after us 'kids' had been put to bed...but I won't get into that, or the drunken conga line that used to snake through our bedroom whilst we tried to sleep.....:bigeyes:

For me, when I'm relaxing with a few drinks, I tend to go back to the music of my parents, as well as listening to my own choices as well - Pink Floyd (later best of type stuff from their live albums), Dire Straights, The Eagles, Toto, U2, John Mellencamp, Supertramp and the Doors.
I also enjoy a lot of modern and/or Australian music like Cafe del Mar, Cold Chisel, Delta Goodrem, Kylie, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Noiseworks etc....

I could go on an on - I have over 40gb of personal cds I've converted to MP3 - that way I can take them in the car, listen to them on my discman or portable MP3 player and also take them to work to listen to...no matter what mood I'm in, there's always something I can pick.

FlashPuppy
07-14-2006, 15:40
Bluegrass. A lot of Scruggs and Flatt, Osborne Brothers, Ricky Scaggs and so forth... I like a lot of the "moonshiners" bluegrass. Something about the song "Mountain Dew" while I am sipping a glass of GTS just sets me at ease.

Just remembered, David Allan Coe seems to set the mood for whiskey tasting quite often as well.

Nebraska
07-14-2006, 15:54
Kind of depends on the mood, usually when I'm reaching for some bourbon I'm unwinding from the day, usually. I've been on a Hoagy Carmichael binge lately. It's hard to beat Hoagy.

I've got a thing for Karin Allyson too (home town girl made big time). I've got some good stories about her from my younger years, our paths crossed a few times (before her fame).

I went through a short fling of bourbon and the Italian Instable orchestra (a group of Italian conductors that play together). Grew old quick, seeing them was great, listening with out the visual entertainment became chaotic.

Summertime and bourbon with Dionne Warwick isn't bad either.

Gillman
07-14-2006, 16:08
I generally don't listen to music when I drink bourbon. I need to focus on one or the other. :) For casual sipping and listening, beer is good. Somehow I associate commercial Canadian beer with summer concerts, probably because that is what is served at such events!

I can't get over how good this McKenna 10 year old Single Barrel is. I had some tonight after a small pour of RR 90 and there is no comparison in my view, the RR is much milder, almost bland, in comparison. Either I have a super good barrel of the McKenna (#278) or it has improved a lot recently. This has all the qualities I like in good bourbon: depth, balance, richness, even subtlety. To me HH does not make "suave" bourbons as a rule but this one is different, really. If I did listen to music with this, I could go with any of the choices mentioned in the thread (most, anyway). When in Kentucky I like listening to bluegrass music and this would go well with that but it would also go well with Glenn Gould and Bach.

Gary

bluesbassdad
07-14-2006, 19:07
. . . David Allan Coe seems to set the mood for whiskey tasting quite often as well.

"It was rainin' the day my mama got out of prison . . ."

Sounds more like whiskey drinkin' music, to me. :grin:

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

bluesbassdad
07-14-2006, 19:12
To me the only pairings that makes sense must involve live music at a dingy bar. Recordings simply can't muster the necessary gritty quality.

That limits the choice of music to blues, country or classic rock, at least in places I've lived. Of those three I'd go with blues if it's close to authentic, country otherwise.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

Sijan
07-14-2006, 19:31
Oh yeah, Cash & Coe. Maybe Merle Haggard too

TNbourbon
07-14-2006, 20:04
http://www.straightbourbon.de/

gothbat
07-14-2006, 20:32
I don’t really listen to music when I’m drinking my bourbon but the times I did I listened to songs by Sol Invictus and Death in June. Their sound is labeled as neofolk. At this time, and for a long while, these are my two favorite bands.

Hedmans Brorsa
07-15-2006, 01:47
I generally don't listen to music when I drink bourbon. I need to focus on one or the other.
Gary

Agreed.

Glad you enjoy the McKenna, Gary. I´ve tried to sung its praises a couple of times on this board, but the reception always seem to have been lukewarm.

Gothbat,

I´ve heard that Douglas P. enjoys Jim Beam Black.

A Death in June fan on SB.com. My goodness! :grin:

TimmyBoston
07-15-2006, 04:10
Primary music I listen to is to Frank, Dean, Sammy, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, and the other good easy listening vocalists. It just makes me happy. And a good whiskey never hurts a good tune.

Gillman
07-15-2006, 06:02
Hedmans, regarding the McKenna Single Barrel. I've had it a few times before and find the current bottling rather improved. Maybe HH is putting more emphasis on the brand, I don't know. I first noticed this when I had a glass of it in Bardstown at Talbott's for the April Sampler. I will definitely buy it again.

Gary

hollywood
07-15-2006, 10:33
I must say some very interesting posts, and I might add some good ones too!After asking this question in this thread, I figured their would be a few members that could identify with the music theme that was posed. Dean and Tony, Creedance and Clapton can't be forgotten as stated. Another favorite of mine has to be Stevie Ray Vaughn!!

ratcheer
07-15-2006, 15:04
I would like to listen to Rudy Ray Moore when drinking bourbon, but I don't have any of his records. Maybe I will buy one for my birthday.

Tim

reg
07-15-2006, 15:12
Alabama Football. Roll Tide Roll !!!

camduncan
07-15-2006, 15:30
I must say some very interesting posts, and I might add some good ones too!After asking this question in this thread, I figured their would be a few members that could identify with the music theme that was posed. Dean and Tony, Creedance and Clapton can't be forgotten as stated. Another favorite of mine has to be Stevie Ray Vaughn!!

I left out another two favourites - Steve Earl and George Thorogood :cool:

jburlowski
07-15-2006, 15:47
For me its blues and R&B.

bluesbassdad
07-15-2006, 17:06
. . . Steve Earl . . .

"And you could smell the whiskey burnin' on Copperhead Road . . . "

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

Nebraska
07-15-2006, 19:14
That is too funny...only thing better would be if they were singing in German!

Nebraska
07-15-2006, 19:16
Oops...I was referring to Tim's post, the German Blue's Brothers Band

scopenut
07-15-2006, 19:56
Instrumentally, I enjoy bourbon with Basie, Ellington, Peterson or Evans. I think one brings out the best in the other. Complexity and subtlely in various forms. Vocally, it's Sinatra or Bennett. Part of the Rat Pack thing, I don't know.

Kevin

gr8erdane
07-16-2006, 02:33
I'm a slave of the times I guess. I have speakers on my deck that connect to my stereo and therefore the cable box, and I just take a bottle and glass out on not-too-hot-or-cool evenings, and turn on the cable music channel that suits my mood. Sometimes it's classic rock, sometimes it's smooth jazz, but just sitting out there in total relaxation, whatever the bottle might be, the music just always seems right at the time. I have tons of CDs from all over the music world but I prefer to let someone else drive and not get too much into any one artist or band while relaxing. If I do plug in a CD, I start to think about what is the next song and take my mind off the simplicity of an evening of ease.

troyce
07-16-2006, 11:45
For me nothing is more fitting to accompany bourbon than the classic Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Little Walter,Otis Rush,Sonny Boy Williamson,Otis Spann,etc or the raw north Mississippi hill country blues of Jr.Kimbrough and R L Burnside.

hollywood
07-16-2006, 12:28
I can appreciate troyce's reference to the North Mississippi hill country! I grew up "smack dab" in the middle of it! As the reference "smack dab" may indicate! About 40 minutes south of Memphis.....Let's see music, BBQ, and yes some people still make 'Shine!

Virginia Gentleman
07-16-2006, 13:28
When I am drinking bourbon I like to listen to The Drive-By Truckers from Athens, GA. They are a great band to see live to. The drink whiskey straight from the bottle while on stage. The new Bruce Springsteen album We Shall Overcome is good bourbon music as well.

Scott

jsgorman
07-17-2006, 11:37
While many have specifically called out David Allen Coe and Steve Earl, nobody has mentioned the incredible soundtrack from the 1970s documentary "Heartworn Highways."
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AP2Z6W/sr=8-1/qid=1153160875/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-3401328-4782444?ie=UTF8


This gem provides a glimpse back in time to the days when Shivley was still operational and radio was listenable.

If you haven't picked up this album, click through to Amazon and give yourself a treat.

CrispyCritter
07-17-2006, 19:32
String Cheese Incident, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush (some amazing bluegrass!), Chicago, Frank Zappa, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, various classical discs (Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 and Holst's The Planets are favorites of mine), the Black Crowes, Benny Goodman, ELP, Pete Fountain, Gov't. Mule, and so on... one thing that I really appreciate, though, is musical talent.

contrarian
07-17-2006, 21:54
If I'm relaxing, it's usually Blantons or RHF and something in a distinctive female voice. Ella or Sarah McLachlan. Nina Simone or Michelle Shocked. Genre really doesn't matter. I like Shirley Bassey growling "It's all just a little bit of history repeating" and June Carter Cash warbling "cause Quentin Tar-an-tin-o makes his wimmen wild 'n' mean!" She's more than a little wacky, but I'd listen to Sinead O'Connor sing the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Jeff

TimmyBoston
07-17-2006, 23:56
You can also put on some Van Morrison with a pour of Van Winkle. That would make me happy. :cool:

Hedmans Brorsa
07-18-2006, 02:28
one thing that I really appreciate, though, is musical talent.

So do I. Trouble is, both whiskey and music are jealous mistresses who prefer to seduce me alone without competition. :)

I even get mad at sounds from cars, buses, planes etc, especially when I´m sampling something new.

With all respect, even though they undoubtedly possess talent, I think Pink Floyd have wasted theirs on snoozy elevator muzak. And couldn´t you say the same about Chicago, as well?

Try King Crimson, Soft Machine or Van Der Graaf Generator to see how musical talent can be combined with creativity and innovation. ;)

scopenut
07-18-2006, 07:15
With all respect, even though they undoubtedly possess talent, I think Pink Floyd have wasted theirs on snoozy elevator muzak. And couldn´t you say the same about Chicago, as well?


I would agree. After Chicago lost Terry Kath to a gun accident, they relied too much on Peter Cetera to carry the lead vocal load, and thus lost the harder edge they used to have. I loved their stuff up till Album VI or VII, esp I-II-III, then kind of lost interest. They still had the talent, but apparently chose to go in a different direction.

Kevin

ratcheer
07-18-2006, 15:41
String Cheese Incident, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush (some amazing bluegrass!), Chicago, Frank Zappa, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, various classical discs (Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 and Holst's The Planets are favorites of mine), the Black Crowes, Benny Goodman, ELP, Pete Fountain, Gov't. Mule, and so on... one thing that I really appreciate, though, is musical talent.
Thanks. I think I will put on some Zappa, right now.

Hmmm. One Size Fits All or Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar?

Tim

PS - I decided - One Size Fits All. Oh, boy!

troyce
08-05-2006, 15:45
Right now , on a hot , rainy August night , the Allman Brothers, Fillmore Concerts, with an Elmer T Lee is about as good as it gets.

thehighking
08-06-2006, 18:58
I really enjoy listening to Dylan while drinking bourbon.

elkdoggydog
08-06-2006, 19:23
Right now , on a hot , rainy August night , the Allman Brothers, Fillmore Concerts, with an Elmer T Lee is about as good as it gets.

I started reading this thread, and after a while said, "I can't believe no one has mentioned the Allman Brothers." If I'm looking for music to go with bourbon, I go for the Allmans- any of their live stuff. Great southern flavor. Works well with a grill, too.

Though I can't think of a good connection to bourbon, the Grateful Dead often end up being listened to with whiskey. The Grateful Dead are often listened to in my house, anyway.

Other good whiskey discs include "Kind of Blue" and "Sketches of Spain" by Miles Davis, "My Favorite Things" by Coltrane, and for the really good, contemplative bourbon, "The Vienna Concert" by Keith Jarrett.

Special Reserve
08-07-2006, 03:09
I really enjoy listening to Dylan while drinking bourbon.

Good man! Interesting how those songs written in the 60's are still relevant.

Ambernecter
08-07-2006, 03:35
In a quiet reflective mood I'll put on some Delta blues. Robert Johnson or more up to date artists, such as Keb Mo, Ben Andrews or Rory Block can really hit the spot.

If it's a lively "cruising track" something like Foghat turned up loud really hits the spot. There's something about that old school driving boogie that goes hand in hand with Bourbon.

hollywood
08-07-2006, 11:21
Ahhhh...Foghat, good one. I also like ELO, Boston, 38-Special, and how could I forget.....when it comes to drinking WHISKEY....It's ZZ-Top, and Skynerrrrrrrd! H'wood

thehighking
08-07-2006, 12:40
Good man! Interesting how those songs written in the 60's are still relevant.

Amen. I've been spinning "Masters of War" quite a bit, recently.

A couple of others, no one has mentioned: Ryan Adams (not *Bryan*, but Ryan) and Black Sabbath...Sabbath goes great with punchier whiskies and the Ryan Adams goes well with almost anything.

hollywood
08-07-2006, 15:11
High King, Are you high!? (lol) Sabbath was mentioned in the initial thread posting!, and mentioned again by C'critter in the #29 posting! (lol) Nice choice, though! H'wood

thehighking
08-07-2006, 20:39
High King, Are you high!? (lol) Sabbath was mentioned in the initial thread posting!, and mentioned again by C'critter in the #29 posting! (lol) Nice choice, though! H'wood

Hmmm, so it was.

No, I was not high. :)

And anyways, Sabbath deserves to get mentioned several albums.

So, I'll say it again: Black Sabbath. Especially the 1st 6 albums.

cas
08-12-2006, 18:03
Lately it's been the two new T Bone Burnett releases finding their way onto the CD player while I sit and sip.
Craig

T47
08-31-2006, 00:08
Went to a great out door concert tonight, Susan Tedeshi opened for the Los Lonely Boys. I had never heard Tedeshi, she reminded my alot of Bonnie Raitt, real nice vocals. Great concert, and afterwards had the neighbors by for a little WT RR 101 to warm the blood up.
Any of you Seattle area folks ever go to the concerts at Marymoor Park? Pretty nice venue. Beer Garden had a nice selection, I started off with a Stella Artois which I had never had before. Nice flavor. Finished up with a Mac and Jacks African Amber.

Ambernecter
08-31-2006, 05:03
Dunno why but I didn't mention Johnny Cash. Love his sometimes deep, often funny music that isn't ever hard work to listen to.

His music is made for chatting with friends and drinking Bourbon to...

jburlowski
08-31-2006, 14:32
Went to a great out door concert tonight, Susan Tedeshi opened for the Los Lonely Boys. I had never heard Tedeshi, she reminded my alot of Bonnie Raitt, real nice vocals.

Susan is great in concert and on CD as well... a great voice and great vibes and soul.

pabourbongal
08-31-2006, 15:44
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Harry Connick Jr. Sometimes big band stuff. I haven't yet tried listening to this while drinking boourbon, but I bet Frampton Comes Alive would go really well with a few fingers of WT!

Great thread!

CrispyCritter
08-31-2006, 18:48
I'm not familiar with Harry Connick, Jr., but Bela Fleck & the Flecktones is one great choice! Even better, you can get lots of live recordings (http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Aetree%20AND%20%2Fmet adata%2Fcreator%3A%22Bela%20Fleck%20And%20The%20Fl ecktones%22) of his concerts, absolutely free.

T47
08-31-2006, 20:34
Susan is great in concert and on CD as well... a great voice and great vibes and soul.

She was great. She and her Sax player came on stage with Los Lonley Boys and played a couple songs with them. I will probably pick up one of her CD's.