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We’re in the Great State until the first week of December when we’ll resume blogging. Until then, we’ll be soaking up Texas time with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to y’all!

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  • Morgan, Part VI

    morgan_bdsoctPhotographed in Athens, GA

    Raised in:
    New York, New York

    Lives in:
    Athens, Georgia

    Favorite bar in Athens right now:
    Seabear. Ryan is a master of his craft behind the bar.

    Now would ya look at that:

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  • Music Monday | The Bones of J.R. Jones

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    The Bones of J.R. Jones is currently opening for Goodnight, Texas – a band I shared a few months ago, r recommended by one of you nice people. Jonathon Linaberry (aka The Bones of J.R. Jones) was kind enough to answer some questions for this Music Monday feature. Stream my favorite track from his latest album Dark was the Yearling while you learn a bit about him.

    Stream: “Hearts Racing”

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    Raised in:
    Small town Central New York.

    Lives in:
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

    What role did growing up in New York play in how you developed your musical sensibilities:
    I’d say that growing up with a lot of space and two brothers, taught me the value of family. We had a blast growing up whether we getting into trouble or not and I write from those memories quite a bit as well as drawn to music that I can connect to on that level. Also, growing up in Central New York , I kind of fell into the punk and hardcore scene.  Those shows taught me about passion and blind love for the moment in a performance. I remember going to see bands at the local community center and seeing people leave with bloody noses, bruises, covered with sweat. I was envious of the bands that could elicit such a response from the crowd. Such heart. Such love for the music and for the message. Not that I want people to hurt themselves at my show…I just want them to experience that emotional burst that I fell as a kid growing up.

    Describe your music in 5 words or less:
    Raw Country Blues with Honey.

    What inspired you most during writing this album:
    It may sound a bit morose, but my grandfather passed away while I was recording this album. That definitely had a profound effect on the songs I chose to put on it.

    Favorite track from the album:
    My favorite track is “Dreams to Tell.” I had the most fun with this song, so much fun that I put two versions of it on the album. The reprisal version was the first song I wrote for Dark was the Yearling and probably the truest to form. I have a soft spot for how stripped down it is. I love it. I wish I wrote more songs like it.

    Favorite place to perform in the South:
    Right now, I’d have to say Boone, NC. I played there in early September and the reception was so warm. I didn’t want to leave. The beer, the food, the people were just what I needed that night. One of the venue’s owners even put me up for the night. And for that I am eternally grateful. I can’t wait to get back.
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    Listen to more of The Bones of J.R. Jones…
    iTunes | Spotify

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  • Drink This | Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch

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    I was in the lobby of the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, TN when I was introduced to Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. I was there to pick up Jamie, both in town shooting weddings, but first, we needed to stuff our starving bellies with Cook-Out. So we stood in the lobby, downing burgers and fries, talking to drunk guests from the wedding he’d shot. One of those guests had a bottle of E.H. Taylor Small Batch, and Jamie asked him to pour me a taste. I sipped it, very much enjoyed it, and then let Jamie have the rest (I’m so nice, I know). It just didn’t feel right to wash a cheap burger down with something so good…

    Two weeks ago in Athens, I shot my last wedding of the busy Fall season, and on my way home Sunday I decided to reward myself with a stop of Total Wine. I walked straight to the whiskey aisle, saw the E.H. Taylor Small Batch in a box, and decided that’d be just right. I’m a big fan of buying myself gifts that come in a bottle…

    I love the butterscotch notes in this bourbon. That, and it’s dangerously smooth for 100 Proof. With the price at a tad under $50, it’s just the right amount of “treat” without feeling guilty for pouring a glass just because it’s a Tuesday. Get getchyaself some.

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  • Candice, Part V

    candice_bdsoct-2Photographed in Athens, GA

    Raised in:
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Lives in:
    Athens, Georgia

    Next Southern adventure:
    Celebrating my gorgeous sister’s wedding at the Biltmore at the end of November and trying to stay classy and sober enough to give a MOH speech.

    Now would ya look at that:

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  • Music Monday | Sir Sly

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    You guys know should know by now how much I love Drake, and thus, covers of Drake songs. This isn’t the first I’ve shared (remember this one?) Well, I also love Sir Sly. Their debut album You Haunt Me (Spotify) is fantastic. So, naturally, this Sir Sly cover of Drake’s “Marvin Room” is pretty perfect to me.

    Make sure to give Sir Sly’s album a listen…or a lot of listens.

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  • Bobby Eldridge

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    Meet Bobby Eldridge, head bartender at Chef Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South, and winner of the 2014 Taste of Atlanta Barcraft Competition. You can find the recipe for his winning cocktail, the Bali Hai, on Southern Living’s The Daily South. Two words – rum, Fernet. Cheers!

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