Jack Daniel's If You Please: A Musical Sour Mash Salute

Categories: Miles-tones

Q: What do musicians call a diminished fifth? A: An empty bottle of Jack Daniel's.

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Someone at Dirt Bar thinks today may be Jack Daniel's birthday. The Jack Daniel, inventor of the sour mash whiskey and favored rock and roll stage prop. Although they admit they can't be sure - "while he made good whiskey, he did not keep good records" - they're fairly sure he was born in September. And since September is running out of days, they're throwing him a birthday party tonight.

Rocks Off has never personally cared for Jack Daniel's. If we must drink whiskey, we generally prefer a less sweet brand such as Jim Beam, Maker's Mark or Wild Turkey. Mostly, though, beer makes us drunk but whiskey makes us crazy, so we just avoid it altogether.

But musicians do a lot of things Rocks Off doesn't personally care for, except make music. And there's no denying the impact Mr. Daniel's Lynchburg, Tenn.-born concoction has had on musicians - not just their bloodstreams, but their ideas.

So to say happy birthday (we think), we put together a salute to old Old No. 7's musical appearances through photos, literature and lyrics. Bottoms up!


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Keith Richards

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Jimmy Page

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Lynyrd Skynyrd T-shirt, early '70s


via The Smoking Gun; "bottle" is assumed to mean a fifth unless otherwise specified

Billy Idol (1 bottle, crew)
Guns N' Roses (2 bottles)
Robin Thicke
The Killers (Brandon Flowers)
Van Halen 1982 (3 bottles)
Van Halen 2008 (1 pint)
Drake (1 bottle)
David Spade
Kevin Federline

Location Info


The Dirt

1209 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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