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Out of the Vault: Drinkin’ Whiskey – January 12, 2003

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John Lee Hooker – ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH, ONE BEER - "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" or "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" is a call and response blues song written by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953. It is one of several drinking songs recorded by Milburn in the early 1950s that placed in the top ten of the Billboard R&B chart.  Other artists have popularized the song, including John Lee Hooker in 1966 and George Thorogood in 1977.  From “John Lee Hooker - The Ultimate Collection:  1948 – 1990”.

Johnnie Johnson – DRINKIN’ TANQUERAY - Johnnie Johnson (July 8, 1924 – April 13, 2005) was an American pianist and blues musician. His work with Chuck Berry led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The song was co-written with Keith Richards and appears on his “Johnnie B. Bad”, CD 1992.

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Drive-By Truckers – DADDY NEEDS A DRINK – From “Brighter Than Creation's Dark”, the seventh studio album released by Drive-By Truckers. It was released on January 22, 2008 in the United States.  Daddy Needs a Drink was written by band member Patterson Hood.

Dwight Yoakam – THIS DRINKIN’ WILL KILL ME – Taken from dwightyoakamacoustic.net, released in 2000.  It features 25 of his songs recorded in an acoustic manner, save for "Little Sister" which also features Pete Anderson on electric guitar.  The song, written by Dwight, fist appeared in full-band form on his CD “Hillbilly Deluxe”, 1987.

Willie Nelson – WHISKEY RIVER (ALTERNATIVE VERSION) - "Whiskey River" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Johnny Bush. He released the song in 1972 through RCA Victor and included it on his album Whiskey River. Bush later re-recorded the song in 1981 and released it through the Delta label.  Willie Nelson first recorded "Whiskey River" for the album Shotgun Willie in 1973. In 1978, Willie Nelson recorded the song for his live album Willie and Family Live. "Whiskey River", despite not being a Nelson original, has become Nelson's signature song and a concert staple, usually the first song on the set list.  This version was taken from a SXSW promo only release, 2006.

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Uncle Tupelo – WHISKEY BOTTLE - Uncle Tupelo was an alternative country music group from Belleville, Illinois, active between 1987 and 1994. Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Mike Heidorn formed the band after the lead singer of their previous band, The Primitives, left to attend college. The trio recorded three albums for Rockville Records, before signing with Sire Records and expanding to a five-piece. Shortly after the release of the band's major label debut album Anodyne, Farrar announced his decision to leave the band owing to a soured relationship with his co-songwriter Tweedy. Uncle Tupelo split on May 1, 1994, after completing a farewell tour. Following the breakup, Farrar formed Son Volt with Heidorn, while the remaining members continued as Wilco.  Taken from their “No Depression” CD, 1990.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – TONIGHT THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN – Written by Merle Haggard, this song appeared on Costello’s “Almost Blue” CD, recorded May 1981 in Nashville, and released on 23 October 1981. The record's songs consist entirely of country covers, including works originally written by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Gram Parsons. It is Costello's first album not to be produced by Nick Lowe.

Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart – THE WHISKEY AIN’T WORKIN’ - "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" is the title of a song recorded by Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart. It was released in November 1991 as the third single from Tritt's 1991 album, It's All About to Change.

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Johnny Cash – KNEELIN’ DRUNKARD’S PLEA – Written by Maybelle Carter, Anita Carter, Helen Carter, and June Carter Cash.  The Carter Family was a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on bluegrass, country, Southern Gospel, pop and rock musicians as well as on the U.S. folk revival of the 1960s. They were the first vocal group to become country music stars. Their recordings of songs as "Wabash Cannonball", "Can the Circle Be Unbroken", "Wildwood Flower" and "Keep On the Sunny Side" made them country standards.  The song was originally recorded by The Louvin Brothers for their Satan Is Real album, 1960.  This track is taken from Johnny Cash’s “Unchained” CD, 1996.

Hayes Carll – DRUNKEN POET’S DREAM – Written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard it first appeared on Hayes Carll’s CD “Trouble in Mind”, 2008.

Jason & the Scorchers – BROKEN WHISKEY GLASS - Jason & the Scorchers, originally Jason & the Nashville Scorchers, are a Cowpunk / Country rock band formed in 1981 and led by singer/songwriter Jason Ringenberg.  With a sound that straddles hard rock, punk rock and country music, Jason and the Scorchers are noted for their energetic live performances, and have earned strong reviews from critics: Mark Deming, who declared they "blazed a trail for the cowpunk and alt-country movements that followed in their wake."  First released on their “Lost and Found” album 1985.

Jono Manson – NEVER TOO DRUNK TO FUNK – Santa Fe resident Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and seasoned performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer and extensive touring in the USA and Europe.  Taken from his “Summertime” CD, 2006

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Amy Winehouse – REHAB - Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.  In 2007 she won a Brit Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times: once in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for "Stronger Than Me", once in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for "Rehab", and once in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game".  Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011. Her album Back to Black posthumously became the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century, at that point.

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