Although always an American staple, I’m under the impression that whiskey, as of recent, is trending.
Like playing Sonic Youth at a country club golf reception, some things aren’t right, but when you’re drinking whiskey some tunes just click.
So, in honor of the new whiskey revival, in cultural terms, I decided to hold a contest with myself to choose the best song I could pair with whiskey.
My mantra while searching “let the whiskey find the song,” which began as a joke, but actually worked quite well.
In Colorado, the magic happened. I came across the song "Feel Good Smell Good Woman Blues" by Shakey Graves by chance from a friend’s CD while driving through the mountains in a pickup truck, with a dog out the window, and a couple of shotguns in the back... super scene, right?
This song, on Shakey Graves’ The State of Texas Vs Alejandro Rose-Garcia EP, in every sense embodies the western vibe of whiskey, the promiscuity, and the jovial feelings the drink may bring.
This song is very hard to find. It’s not on iTunes or Spotify.... Bandcamp (was recently removed), Last.fm, or Youtube.... So, desperate times called for a file transfer.
Alejandro Rose- Garcia, the man behind Shakey Graves, pulls from a background in finger picking and back road Americana tapping that transfers well into lo-fi and folk genres. His talent proves itself through his Roll The Bones album, which he wrote, recorded, and produced by himself in ’87. Bravo.
Self-described on his twitter as “A Texas Gentleman on the move,” Rose-Garcia is thee perfect carrier for whiskey-drinking music with his tune "Feel Good Smell Good Woman Blues."
And, if what I’ve just told you isn’t enticing enough, the version attached is live and describes how the song came about/what it is about- a hottie tollbooth worker. A phenomena that shocked Rose-Garcia enough to inspire this light hearted melody.
Fill up, drink responsibly, and enjoy.