Bar Light, Bar Bright: Beer Signs & Songs That Light Them Up
Rocks Off has a bad habit of what some people refer to as "honky-tonkin'." Single, childless and a lifelong Lone Star drinker, we have no reservations about staying out till all hours, even if sometimes it does make us feel like we're trapped in George Jones' "Bartender's Blues." No use crying over spilled beer, though. Just give us another one.
Photos by Jason Wolter Chris Knight at the Firehouse Saloon, August 3
And so it was that last week we finally found ourselves at the Firehouse Saloon for Chris Knight. Although the Kentucky singer-songwriter is perhaps a little left-of-center for the Firehouse - an average song of his is like a three-minute episode of FX's Justified - he had enough of a John Mellencamp growl to keep the crowd entertained. When they weren't hassling Rocks Off and our photographer about being in Kings of Leon, that is. Evidently they don't get too many beards at the Firehouse; for our part, we've never seen so many golf shirts in our life.
While we were there, we couldn't help but notice the abundance of beer signs emblazoned with the name of one Texas Music/Red Dirt artist or another. Like any other genre, this one has some people we like a lot, and others we wouldn't cross the street to piss on if they were on fire. Be that as it may, we admired the honky-tonk craftsmanship of all the signs, and thought you might as well. Pop a top and start scrolling.
Song: "Old Red Door" (Every Night, 2008)
Song: "Barlight" (Life of the Party, 1998)
Song: "Drink One More Round" (The Man That I Have Been, 1998)