Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Whiskey Songs

Are you surprised that there are so many rock and roll whiskey songs? You shouldn’t be. After all, rock has its roots in the blues, heartache, and bad behavior.

More surprising to me is that we associate whiskey with bad behavior. It’s such a time intensive product, and so dependent on science, care, and craft. Whiskey is just about as artisanal as a beverage gets, even on a large scale, and the price reflects that. Who can afford bad behavior at good whiskey prices?

I guess it looks good on camera, though: the cowboy slamming down the shot of rotgut, the detective taking a slug out of the bottle hidden in his desk drawer, the rock god taking a long pull from a bottle of Jack between songs.

Anyway, whiskey songs:

“Moodswing Whiskey,” Jeff Buckley.

“Whiskey Girl,” Gillian Welch.

“Whiskey Blues,” Rising Appalachia.

“Whiskey & Wimmen,” John Lee Hooker.

“Bad Bad Whiskey,” Peppermint Harris.

“Whiskey Man,” The Who.

“Whiskey Devil,” Gideon Smith & the Dixie Damned.

“Drinkin’ Whiskey,” Laurel Aitken.

There you have it: Eight songs about Trebek’s favorite potent potable. What did I miss? I’m listening.

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  1. “Whiskey River” – Willie Nelson
    “Lace and Whiskey” – Alice Cooper
    “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    “Tennessee Whiskey” – George Jones
    “Jack Daniel’s, If You Please” – David Allan Coe
    “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” – The Doors
    “Whiskey in the Jar” – Thin Lizzy
    “Take Your Whiskey Home” – Van Halen
    “Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7” – Jerry Lee Lewis
    “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” – Hank Williams Jr.


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