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Road Trip Soundtrack #15

You just can’t get enough of my beats, admit it! Well wait no longer here is Nancy Sinatra with Bang Bang.

Celebration Distillation

Now when we were down in Old New Orleans we weren’t just drinking on the street and eating our way through town, no we actually went to the only distillery in town! Celebration Distillation makes Old New Orleans rum and they were kind enough to give us a tour.

The distillery was a victim of Hurricane [...]

The Ties That Bind

Some people might think that the American whiskey business is a cutthroat arena of capitalism and for some companies I’m sure it is. But for young micro distilleries there seems to be more cooperation than competition. Take the case of MB Roland in Christian County Kentucky and Dark Corner Distillery in Greenville South Carolina.

We were [...]

The Nighttime is the Right Time

We have talked a lot about all cool places we’ve gone and people we’ve encountered but we haven’t talked much about the essential part of any road trip: the driving. We logged thousands of miles on this trip, driving more in five weeks than I have cumulatively in my whole life. We mostly drove during [...]

Soaking it up

As we have seen, some people are born into the whiskey business. Others answer a calling which develops later in life. Still others answer an advertisement in the back of a newspaper. Such is the case with George Dickel master distiller John Lunn who we visited back when we were still in Tennessee.

Master Distiller [...]

Road Trip Soundtrack #14

Did you think we had abandoned you? Well fear not! Here is our friend MC Solaar starring in another cut from our Road Trip Soundtrack…

Monuments

During our road trip we stopped in our nation’s capital and we got to visit the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials.

The MLK memorial is brand new and not without some controversy. I thought the quotations might have been the best part of the whole memorial.

The statue itself was too formal and stolid for [...]

Road Trip Soundtrack #13

Leaky barrel

I know you love Jimmie’s mix now but here’s a cut from my Road Trip Soundtrack. Enjoy the Gorrilaz performing Clint Eastwood.

Road Trip Soundtrack #12

In the lab…

Why stop when you are on a roll? Here’s another cut from brother Jimmie’s Road trip Soundtrack. This time we have the Barkays and Soulfinger!

The Oath

Phil Prichard is in charge around these parts

Prichard’s Distillery is located in an old schoolhouse complete with blackboards and chairs in scenic Kelso, Tennessee. Phil looks the part of a stern principal but is really a sweetheart with a wicked sense of humor.

The sample

“It’s a wonderful business to be in because the product [...]

Road Trip Soundtrack #11

We are in our nation’s capital for a few days so I thought I would share a cut from my friend Jimmie’s soundtrack that he made with us. It is a great Vietnam era protest song. Here is Eddie Harris and Les McCann with Compared to What.

Woodstone Creek The Nano Distillery

Time for us to get back to the first B of our triple B road trip: bourbon! While we were in Northern Kentucky we jumped over the river to Cincinnati and visited the Woodstone Creek Distillery. They aren’t just a micro-distillery but more like a nano-distillery, producing just three barrels of some of their spirits [...]

Road Trip Soundtrack #10

Sunset in Kentucky

I know how much you look forward to cuts from our Road Trip Soundtrack so here’s John Coltrane with The Damned Don’t Cry!

Ten Years Later

Door. New Orleans, August 2011

Some people would find it strange that I am not in New York for the tenth anniversary of September 11th. I don’t. I spent seven straight days photographing the attacks and their aftermath. That was enough for me.

Lower Manhattan. September 11th, 2001

What I remember most about that [...]

Past Time

Sunset in Augusta, G.A.

Baseball is our national pastime. Deal with it. Most people I know think baseball is boring. I don’t care. I grew up watching games on T.V. or listening to them in Spanish with my father on the radio. I love the tension that can build and like many Americans I love [...]