This week we had Josh Michael Bogard as a guest on the podcast and as we sipped on some wheated bourbon (Weller 107 and Markers Mark Cask Strength) he played a couple of his songs for us. Josh is an up and coming country music artist from Taylorsville, Kentucky.  It was the perfect evening at Jeptha Bend Farm with a fire roaring, Woodrow at my feet, great friends, great music and even better whiskey. One of Josh’s songs is about whiskey “Whiskey and Wine” and as he sang it, I was reminded of all the great songs that have been written about the amber goodness.

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Now when most think whiskey songs, the first that comes to mind is Tennessee Whiskey written by the great Dean Dillion who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020. No he isn’t famous for singing it, that would be David Allen Coe, George Jones and of late, Chris Stapleton. But there are so many other great songs about whiskey and you might be surprised that not all of them are by Country Artist.

One of my favorites is “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle, but some rock fans will know these songs, “Whiskey Man” by Molly Hatchet, “Whiskey On The Rocks” by AC/DC and “Whiskey’n Mama” by ZZ Top. Many others will remember “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” by Hank Williams Jr. Metallica even reworked one of Thin Lizzy’s hits into a heavy metal song “Whiskey in the Jar”. It was a traditional Irish Whisky song first a sang in the 17th century about the Irish highwayman Patrick Fleming, who was executed in 1650.

Yes there have been many a tune that has been written about whiskey. Hell, I’ve sung along to many of them driving down the road or even setting in front of a nice fire. Most of them can almost relax you as good as the spirit its self. Songs like “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “Whiskey And You” by Chris Stapleton, “Drowns the Whiskey” by Jason Aldean (featuring Miranda Lambert) and “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson are just a few.

Even new stars are belting out hits like “Must be the Whiskey” by Cody Jinks, “Whiskey Glasses” by Morgan Wallen and “Whiskey” by Maroon 5 (featuring A$AP Rocky). There something for all , even the marine or the solider sings whiskey cadence when running together and I have sang it several times back in my day. “Hey, Hey Whiskey Jack” would ring loud and clear as we ran along grouped in formation on an early mornings of my Army life. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I do all the other songs though. Of course I didn’t like to run either.

Josh Bogard and his band the Dirty South can been seen on the road and we suggest you go see him live, but until you can, make sure you download his music and share it with your friends. Help support this guy that is following his dreams and providing us with a break from all the bad in the world. Now let’s get you to listening to the episode.

So grab that glass, a bottle of whiskey and play your favorite whiskey song, after your done,  listen as Jim and I take another trip down The Bourbon Road with Josh Bogard belting about some great music. Cheers

Mike (Big Chief)

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