Beer Vs Bourbon – Music Talk: New Music Releases, Jacklyn Evans of Makers Mark, Brett Young, Brew Detroit, Halloween Petition

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:00-15:25 Music Talk: New Music Releases
15:25-31:08 Jacklyn Evans of Makers Mark
31:08-37:04 Brett Young
37:04-40:13 Brew Detroit
40:13-46:30 Halloween Petition

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Collaborations, Angel’s Envy’s Wes Henderson, Jon Pardi, Rustic Leaf Brewing, Worst Things About Summer, Matt Kennon

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:05-5:57 Collabs
5:57-22:12 Wes Henderson
22:12-26:30 Jon Pardi
26:30-40:30 Rustic Leaf Brewing
40:30-47:18 Time For 5: Worst Things About Summer
47:18-58:07 Matt Kennon

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Woodford Reserve’s Katie Farley, Thomas Rhett, Captain Lawrence’s Scott Vaccaro

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:19-14:10 Woodford Reserve’s Katie Farley
14:30-17:54 Thomas Rhett Interview
18:07-30:24 Captain Lawrence’s Scott Vaccaro

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Zac Brown’s Controversial Acceptance Speech, Buffalo Trace Pre-visit Interview, Kelsea Ballerini, Hilltop Brewery, Turks & Caicos, Nick Walsh World Premiere

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:41-5:00 Zac Brown’s Controversial Acceptance Speech
5:05-21:25 Buffalo Trace Pre-visit Interview
21:45-29:18 Kelsea Ballerini
29:31-56:11 Hilltop Brewery (with special guest Mr. Fic from Broadway’s radio show)
56:21-1:00:24 Is Turks and Caicos Affordable?
1:00:36-1:13:08 Nick Walsh Premiere’s His New Song

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Toby Keith-WTF BRO, Bourbon Trail Preview, Sour Beer 101, Maren Morris, Tucker Beathard, Broadway’s PITA Dog

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:00-7:34 Toby Keith…WTF, bro?
7:38-18:09 Miller Time previews his Bourbon Trail trip
18:22-42:30 Sour Beer 101
42:31-48:48 Maren Morris Interview
48:49-55:27 Tucker Beathard Interview
55:39-59:08 Broadway’s dog shits in people’s yards

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Nick Fradiani, David Le Batard, Steven Raichlen, Cheating at the Kentucky Derby, Mint Julep, Songs We Dig

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:23-11:15 Nick Fradiani
11:19-41:23 David Le Batard
41:33-49:20 Steven Raichlen
49:23-57:48 The Weekly Degenerate stops by to break down the Derby drama
57:53-1:01:17 Mint Julep Season is AMONG us…?
1:01:22-1:09:00 Songs We Dig

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Haze Issues, Luke Dick, Litchfield Distillery, Brad Paisley, Songs We Dig

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:56-4:55 Mandatory Beer Talk: There’s a problem with Michigan Haze
5:26-37:15 Luke Dick
37:38-52:14 Litchfield Distillery
52:37-55:39 Brad Paisley
56:08-1:02:33 Songs We Dig

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Beer Vs Bourbon – White Stouts, Howitzer Whisky, Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion

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1:16-2:27 What is a ‘white stout?’
2:52-17:28 Howitzer Whiskey
18:08-39:22 Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Recap, Fat Bottom Brewing, Wyatt Durrette, Weekly Degenerate

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Check out our new website! BeerVsBourbon.com

:36-9:58 Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival Recap
10:10-20:39 Fat Bottom Brewing Head Brewer, Drew Yeager
20:52-37:54 Wyatt Durrette
38:06-58:28 Weekly Degenerate

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Beer Nutrition Labels, Hudson Whiskey’s David Powell, Dave Kennedy, Is Horse Racing Fixed

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2:11-6:13 Nutrition labels are coming to beer
7:02-29:14 Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, David Powell
29:56-49:04 Dave Kennedy
49:27-1:01:02 Is Horse Racing Fixed? A Beer v. Bourbon exposé.

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Recreating 100-Year-Old Bourbon, CT Valley Brewing, Adam Hood, Weekly Degenerate

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1:50-4:38 Recreating 100-Year-Old Bourbon
5:18-12:38 Head of Marketing at CT Valley Brewing, Jeff Nelson
13:22-34:19 Adam Hood
34:32-44:24 Weekly Degenerate

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Manny Medina from Kip Moore’s Slowhearts, Quadruple IPA, Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Time For 5: Lil Wayne Lookalikes, M.L. Bennett, Jagoffs, Weekly Degenerate

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:47-3:09 Quadruple IPA

3:14-10:07 Beer Bourbon & BBQ Festival

10:19-29:20 Manny Medina from Kip Moore’s Slowhearts

29:25-32:48 Things That Make You Go Hmm

32:51-36:15 Time For 5: Lil Wayne Lookalikes

36:25-43:06 M.L. Bennett Interview

43:09-45:46 Jagoffs

45:57-46:12 Weekly Degenerate

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Broadway’s Big Announcement, Liberty Pole Spirits, Restaurants Are Screwing Up The Beer, Jagoffs, Listener Voicemails, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Living In Australia

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:00-:51 Broadway’s Big Announcement

2:11-19:35 Liberty Pole Spirits Interview

20:08-23:16 Restaurants Are Screwing Up The Beer
+Nick from Stick City Brewing Co.

23:46-26:35 Jagoffs

27:11-34:01 Listener Voicemails

34:29-37:21 Things That Make You Go Hmm

37:37-50:32 What’s it like to live in Australia?

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Beer Vs Bourbon – A Soldier’s Silent Night, Pappy Thanksgiving, This Beer Ain’t Worth It, Lewis Brice, Jagoffs, Trigger, Weekly Degenerate

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:32-4:51 A Solider’s Silent Night
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4:45-14:23 Pappy Thanksgiving

14:37-16:25 This beer isn’t worth the hype

16:37-26:29 Lewis Brice Interview

27:01-30:20 Jagoffs

30:25-44:40 Trigger from Saving Country Music

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Untappd Comments, Bourbon Surprises, Things That Make You Go Hmm, CJ Solar, Jagoffs, Tales From A Christmas Tree Salesman, Grady Smith Talks GRAMMYs, Time For 5, Weekly Degenerate

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:57-5:07 Untappd Comments

5:08-7:16 Bourbon Surprises

7:17-9:38 Things That Make You Go Hmm

9:39-19:40 CJ Solar Interview

19:41-22:15 Jagoffs

23:31-36:00 Tales From A Christmas Tree Salesman

36:01-50:06 Grady Smith Talks GRAMMYs

50:07-55:52 Time For 5: Best Christmas Songs

55:53-1:14:03 Weekly Degenerate

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Dad’s Hat Rye Interview, Beer Muling, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Derek Theler, Jagoffs, Tales From A Christmas Tree Salesman, Chris Canterbury, Weekly Degenerate

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:23-15:36 Dad’s Hat Rye Interview

15:49-21:13 B-Drobs schools us on “beer muling”

21:16-23:58 Things That Make You Go Hmm

24:11-29:41 Derek Theler Interview

29:45-31:16 Jagoffs

31:23-37:46 Tales From A Christmas Tree Salesman

37:50-49:10 Chris Canterbury Interview

49:17-1:07:41 Weekly Degenerate

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Blanton’s Bourbon Review, Hill Farmstead’s Mike Gerhart, Erik Dylan World Premiere, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Rob Snyder, Jagoffs, Weekly Degenerate

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:29-3:22 Mike Gerhart Interview

3:26-7:36 Miller Time reviews Blanton’s Bourbon

7:40-15:22 Erik Dylan tells us about his new song

15:22-18:14 Erik Dylan “Omaha”

19:35-22:18 Things That Make You Go Hmm

22:30-37:58 Rob Snyder Interview

38:08-41:04 Jagoffs

41:14-59:34 Weekly Degenerate (Broadway was drunk. Again.)

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Beer Vs Bourbon – Cheap Blanton’s, Broadway Picks Wine Over Beer, Things That Make You Go Hmm, Taylor Swift Jumps Ship, Weekly Degenerate, Charlie Berry

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:38-3:21 Miller Time takes inadvertent break from bourbon

3:35-6:49 Broadway ditches beer for wine (St. Julian Meconi…an ice-D Frontenac)

6:53-8:37 Things That Make You Go Hmmm

8:51-13:46 We try and make sense of Taylor Swift’s new record deal

13:56-38:00 Weekly Degenerate

38:16-45:38 Charlie Berry

From the Archive: Tim McGraw skipped the CMA Awards to do what??

This 2015 clip was referenced in our last episode. Skip ahead to the 1:54 mark to hear (that’s Broadway’s former co-host from CT, Jordan) McGraw reveal that he skipped the CMA’s that year…but why? Gotta listen to find out!

Beer Vs Bourbon – FREE Bourbon Perks, Founders Brewing Up Trouble, Gary Quinn, Dominant Chord, Jade, Weekly Degenerate

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This week’s lineup is as follows:

:23-3:22 FREE Maker’s Mark stuff

3:29-7:05 Founders CBS is different this year

7:17-19:59 Gary Quinn (https://www.garyjpquinn.co.uk/)

20:03-31:07 Filmmaker Jeremy Leroux (https://www.dominantchordfilm.com/)

31:13-35:04 Broadway’s former co-host, Jade

Beer Vs Bourbon – Big & Rich’s John Rich Talks Redneck Riviera Whiskey

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:32-2:05 Zelus Beer’s electrolyte beer

2:21-6:04 Whiskey of the Year

6:20-26:27 Big & Rich’s John Rich calls the podcast

26:31-36:19 Time for 5: Our dream Crossroads pairings

36:29-51:57 Weekly Degenerate

From the Archive: That time Broadway pissed off Kip Moore

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The 2017 CMA Awards saw Jason Isbell get nominated over Kip Moore in the Album of the Year category.

I asked Kip if thought that was fair and inadvertently pissed him off. You’ll notice he answers the question just fine, but 24 hours later I got my ass chewed out because he went to his record label who went to my boss who came to me to say, “WTF, bro?”

Recap: Zac Brown Band’s Castaway 3

ZAC BROWN BAND’S CASTAWAY WITH SOUTHERN GROUND

March 16 – 20, 2018 – Hard Rock Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Written by Jody Smith (@JoddskiS)

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For a third straight year, Zac Brown Band brought its music festival, dubbed Castaway with Southern Ground, to the Hard Rock Hotel in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.  One can describe Castaway as 2000+ of your closest friends enjoying nine performances on the main stage plus two sunset shows at an amazing natural lagoon venue. During the day, there was plenty to do for everyone, from foam parties, workouts with members of ZBB, Q&A sessions with the artists, and Chef Rusty Hamlin even put on cooking demo right on the beach.  Of course, for the less motivated, you could put your toes in the water and ass in the sand because Castaway truly made life good for the traveling fans.

Everyone came for vacation but the guiding light was the music. Folks from all over the world came together in an amazing location for this reason. The first up was The Record Company (@therecordcomp) in what I feel is was one of the two toughest spots in the lineup, as the leadoff.  They delivered and brought some great energy for a non-stop hour & 15 minute set.  Next up was Blackberry Smoke, (@blackberrysmoke) who have toured extensively with Zac Brown Band in the past. These guys certainly did not disappoint. If you don’t know their music, just imagine if Chef Rusty took Molly Hatchet, The Allman Brothers & ZBB in his blender, the BBS would pour out.  Their 18 song set featured amazing guitar performances which were highlighted by Charlie Starr (not his last performance on the big stage as he showed up with ZBB on Sic ‘em on a Chicken).  BBS truly was amazing during their entire set.  One of my favorite songs of theirs, One Horse Town, now has a permanent spot on my set lists. The boys finished with a Rolling Stones cover, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, followed by Ain’t Much Left of Me.

 

 

Day 2 happened to be St. Patrick’s Day and the color green traveled south of the boarder and from the time the sun came up, there was plenty of energy at Castaway.  The resort was covered in green as the day was dubbed Sham Rock n’ Roll.  And as 4:30 p.m. arrived, so did the boys from ZBB. Zac came out relaxed in shorts, flip flops, a t-shirt, sunglasses & smile that does not stop for 2 plus hours.  Everyone who has been to a Castaway ZBB show, you knew it was going to be different. Zac opened the case very interactive, and laughed while stating, I have been getting pictures sent to me all day with a picture of my face on the asses of a bunch of aussies”.  Right in the front suite was five guys from Australia who had specially designed speedos which they wore 24/7 on this trip. This funny moment set the tone for what was about to be a 30 song set list!

 

 

The show kicked off with the predictable Castaway, but included many suprises, including Island Song.  One of the highlights was My Old Man as Zac was visibly emotional he sang while looking up to the suite.  There was a sprinkling of other covers from SOB to 3 Little Birds. But, mostly this set was about ZBB’s own music.  There was an amazing version of Who Knows featuring a 14 minute guitar off between Zac & Coy and the finished this amazing set with Jump Right In and Homegrown.

LANCO (@LancoMusic) had the difficult task of following ZBB and I should have had more faith in a group from Nashville.  These boys were fun and had great stage presence.  They played songs from their first album release, including Greatest Love Story, Hallelujah Nights and Long Live Tonight and mixed in covers like Friends In Low Places and Sweet Caroline.  LANCO turned out to be the perfect band for a tough spot in the lineup. Cam (@camcountry) followed LANCO and even though I have not listened to much of her music, hearing her open with her new hit Diane, I could tell you that she has a very powerful, distinct, and soulful voice.  Of course, she included her songs Burning House & My Mistake.  Cam played to the remaining dedicated St Patrick’s revelers for an hour & a half and no one left was disappointed.

On Sunday the main stage did not fire up until 8:00 p.m. with the Original Wailers. Yet, Coy Bowles (@Coybowles) off ZBB played with his band, the Fellowship, at the Hacienda Lagoon.  The stage sits high on a natural rock formation with the gulf behind creating a one of a kind atmosphere.  The Wailers (@wailers) had everyone ready to sway and sing along with their favorite Bob Marley tunes.  What makes this event,  so amazing is the presence of the other acts staying on property and hanging out in the crowd watching the other performers.  This night it was members of Blackberry Smoke.  The 90 minutes were filled with Buffalo Soldier, I Shot the Sheriff, Stir it Up and, of course, Jamming. 

 

There to close out the night was my most anticipated act, Drake White & The Big Fire (@DrakeWhite).  Drake and the band have it all: stage presence, vocals, all the strings, & percussion. These guys played for 90 minutes and its a good thing there is no roof because it would have come down.  The boys played everything they had to offer including their most popular The Simple Life, Back to Free, Livin’ the dream, Equator and a great cover of The Beatles, With a Little Help from My Friends.  They certainly did not disappoint, as always.

 

All good things must come to an end and the last night was the power combo of Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band.  Jake Owen took the stage and gave a shout out to everyone’s host, ZBB and he knew he had to bring it that night. Jake is quite the entertainer, knows what the crowd wants to hear and does it all. He played a new song, Honkey Tonk, which I enjoyed very much along with old hits like 8 Second Ride. The 90 minute set was filled with all his hits along with John Prine cover, Let’s talk Dirty in Hawaiian.  He naturally finished with Barefoot Blue Jean and Beachin’ (straying into a rap snippet of the Fresh Price of Bel Air Theme Song).

Zac Brown Band took the stage at 10 pm and played 29 songs until Castaway officially ended, at 12:35 a.m.!  ZBB showed it all off that night, including 15 covers, by my count in all.  No crowd interaction tonight as this was serious business.  Rocking songs like Day For the Dead and Uncaged got the night started along with covers of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, Charlie Daniels Band’s Devil Went Down to Georgia and Kings of Leon’s  Use Somebody. The band’s range is amazing and they did not disappoint with hits like Beautiful Drug and Chicken Fried.  The night and trip ended with a great Guns N Roses cover of Paradise City.  

Hard Rock is perfect venue and vibe for Castaway. I hope ZBB does not end these amazing trips. Because of it we have new friends, new music, & memories to last a lifetime. 

Thank you Zac Brown for brining 2200 people from all over the globe to forget everything going on in the world for four days of joy & friendship.

 

 

Beer Vs Bourbon – Founders CBS, Pappy Lotto, Xmas Tree Stories, Matt Foley Moment

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Is Founders CBS worth the money, an update on the Pappy lotto, Miller Time’s tales from the tree lot, and Broadway’s Matt Foley moment with Darius Rucker.

Beer Vs Bourbon – Frank Underwood, Turkey Day Favs, Social Girl Traveler, Better Call MT

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Kevin Spacey may be back for the final season of HOC after all, Time for 5 Thanksgiving Day Dishes, Social Girl Traveler joins the show, and Better Call Miller Time. Next week…CHASE RICE!

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Bring Their Rich Nashville Sound to Connecticut

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

College Street Music Hall

New Haven, Connecticut

June 26, 2017

 

 

The evolution of a true musician during the rise of a career has always been interesting to me. There are highs and lows, risks and experimentations, criticism and awards.  In the unique case of Jason Isbell, it seems like he has found his home, his star is on the rise, and he has never been happier.  I say this because anyone who compares his older songs to the newest album, The Nashville Sound, can see has his lyrics have changed.  His past songs are of pain and struggle, as the once full on rocker for the Drive By Truckers was in full on party mood on stage and off. But as his solo career has progressed, and he has found comfort in family (and sobriety), his music has hit its stride.  The attention to lyrics, the dedication to his art, and the richness of the instrumentality (aided by the genius of producer extraordinaire Dave Cobb) have taken Jason Isbell to new and great heights.  And this has never been more prevalent on the new album, as he takes on themes such as politics, racism, and mortality.

 

 

And last night, he brought his show the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, where he has played (and I have attended) three years in a row. This time, a large emblem of an anchor with a bird, which changed colors throughout the set, was draped in the background.  I believe this emblem is also tattooed on the biceps of both Isbell and his wife, Amanda Shires (more about her in a moment).  Anxiety was the first song played and the sound of Isbell and his 400 Unit Band has never sounded better. The guitars and bass boomed off of the large speakers and the solo’s soared before and after the powerful lyrics.  Just like that, they were off and running, mixing in songs off the new album, as well the past two, Something More Than Free and Southeastern.  This set was very different from past sets as songs from his early solo career, mainstays like “Dress Blues” or “Alabama Pines” were omitted, but a few Drive By Truckers songs (“Decoration Day”, “Never Gonna Change”) were still part of the show.

What really stood out to me this time around was the sheer happiness that Jason showcased. He spent time laughing and making jokes (at one point stated “I don’t want to be a country singer, I wanted to sing rock n roll” as he broke into the guitar wailing “Cumberland Gap”).  He also discussed being happy about having the #4 album on the charts and joked about being able to beat Nickleback in sales. He also showcased his loving side, as the two most moving portions of the show involved simply he and his wife. During “Cover Me Up”, he, at one point, turned himself almost entirely around to sing the lyrics directly to her and spoke about how much it means to him to be able to sing this song her wrote for her, to her every night (see Video clip).  And again, the two of them went acoustic on the moving “If We Were Vampires”, which, in my opinion, should have consideration for the Grammy for Song of the Year.

His wife, Amanda Shires, is as beautiful as she is talented, wielding a classically trained fiddle with a wonderful voice aiding in background vocals. All done while wearing huge black heels and a flashy skirt.  If you haven’t checked out her solo album, My Piece of Land, you are missing out.  Amanda Shires is not to be ignored as she is a true force of her own and a real part of the Jason Isbell & 400 Unit live show.

 

 

I must comment on how upset I was with the College Street Music Hall this time around. Usually I applaud them for having an intimate venue, with great staff and full on comfort.  It seems that they completely oversold on tickets, as my wife and I were kicked out of where we were standing an astounding seven times within the first five songs (7 in 5!).  The staff was pushy, aggressive and downright rude to us and other concertgoers.  Finally, we decided to just walk upstairs and watch from the last row in the venue, which happened to be a relaxing and very different experience as we were able to take in the true richness of the show and sound.  But, above all, (and I cannot say it enough) check out Jason Isbell’s show and music as often as you can. The dedication to his art is well conceived and masterfully executed in every aspect, creating as rich of a sound as you will hear in any genre of music today.

SETLIST:

 

  1. Anxiety
  2. Something More Than Free
  3. Hope the High Road
  4. 24 Frames
  5. Decoration Day
  6. White Man’s World
  7. Chaos and Clothes
  8. Cumberland Gap
  9. Molotov
  10. The Life You Chose
  11. Last of My Kind
  12. Stockholm
  13. Flying Over Water
  14. Cover Me Up
  15. If It Takes a Lifetime
  16. Children of Children
  17. Never Gonna Change
  18. If We Were Vampires
  19. Super 8

 

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Kiefer Sutherland Leaves NYC In Awe

Kiefer Sutherland

Bowery Ballroom

New York City – May 25, 2017

Written by Ryan Miller

Live Photos by Ashley Colona

Every one has said it before: “An actor wants to be a musician now?  Oh, give me a break.” I have many times as well.  And in most cases, I have been right.  However, when I first sat down to listen to Kiefer Sutherland’s “Down A Hole” album, my ears perked up and a grin came over me.  This man can sing.  And, more impressively, can sing some real authentic country music the way it was intended to be.  I am not talking about the watered down, pop mainstream country you hear on the radio, targeted at teenagers looking to party.  Kiefer Sutherland writes and sings songs about real life experiences including pain, love, and loss.  Once I heard he was playing the Bowery Ballroom, one of my favorite venues, I was intrigued to see how these songs would translate to a live performance.

A few weeks back, I had a chance to interview Kiefer.  He spoke about the differences between acting and performing and how scared he was the first time he took the stage.  He explained that the first few times he performed his songs live, he felt so vulnerable and had no idea if people would accept him.  He also talked about he balanced life as a singer and an actor at the same time.  Kiefer is currently filming season 2 of the hit ABC show, Designated Survivor, in Canada.  He says he takes his tour bus on site now, instead of the normal actor trailers, so that when he is done shooting during the week, he can head right out to perform concerts on the weekend.  He says the schedule has worked out well so that he can split his time equally.  Kiefer also confirmed that he working on songs for a second album.

The Bowery Ballroom in New York City is a special venue.  It is small and intimate with a sound system and stage setup that puts the fan in touch with a live music experience that always seems to be memorable.  And on that windy Thursday night in the City, Kiefer’s fans appeared to be that of all ages.  But for everyone, the question was , “do you think he will be good live?”  And when Kiefer finally came on stage well past 9 pm, one thing was clear: Kiefer Sutherland can perform.  He came out like a bullet out of a gun, with an old West styled hat and a rowdy band (you’ve got love anytime a band has a woman drummer as well).  His first song was “Can’t Stay Away”, which included some spirited guitar playing and some yells to the crowd, which immediately showed this was not just a gimmick, Kiefer is taking this music thing seriously.

Kiefer’s first few songs were up tempo and he was energetic and charismatic through-out.  But, before singing his first single off his album, “Not Enough Whiskey”, he tossed his hat aside and addressed the crowd.  This is when the show really gained its intimacy, as Kiefer began to tell the crowd why he wrote each and every song and really let us into his mind.  He was honest and vulnerable, and seemed to have the experience and comfort that usually takes years and years of live performances.  And with the stories, the songs gained more meaning, which made me appreciate his songwriting even more.

When I had previously interviewed him, I asked him who some of his musical influences were and the answer was nothing short of diverse.  He mentioned names like Tom Petty, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, The Band, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard.  He said Cash and Haggard wrote such linear songs and that was his initial attraction to country music.  And he performed a few cover songs, in his own way, that night in NYC, including the Merle Haggard classic, “The Bottle Let Me Down”.  He also closed out his set with Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, but the cover that stood out to me that night was his rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown”.

All in all, Kiefer Sutherland’s live show exceeded my expectations.  His genuine persona and true dedication to making music for all the right reasons really became evident hearing him talk and sing.  Not to mention that he and his band could jam out as well.  The musicianship itself was masterfully executed.  I consider 24 to be my favorite television show of all time, and have really enjoyed Kiefer’s acting in all of his many projects.  It was really enjoyable to see this actor also become a musician who I can respect now as well.  I look forward to hearing more Kiefer Sutherland music and will absolutely see him live again.

SETLIST

  1. Can’t Stay Away
  2. I’ll Do Anything
  3. Truth In Your Eyes
  4. Not Enough Whiskey
  5. Going Home
  6. Shirley Jean
  7. The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard Cover)
  8. Saskatchewan
  9. Calling Out Your Name
  10. Ways To Be Wicked
  11. All She Wrote
  12. Down In A Hole
  13. Rebel Wind
  14. Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot Cover)
  15. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan Cover)