Sturgill Simpson Live at Sun King Brewery – “Water in a Well”

With a sound that will take you away from today’s pop country artists and back to pure country, Sturgill Simpson is an artist that is definitely worth every true country fan’s ear.

Filmed at the Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis, Indiana for the MOKB (My Old Kentucky Blog - which I have no idea about their connection between Indy and Kentucky), Sturgill puts together two things I do enjoy – Beer and Music.  If you like country music, grab yourself a brew and enjoy this.

Filmed by Derik Savage, Christina Reid, Adam Newell, and Joe Skibinski
Edited by Derik Savage, Christina Reid
Recorded and Mixed by Spencer Hooks

Greater Alexander: Bag of Bones

From Hailing from Southfield, Mich. (by way of New York and Athens, Greece), Greater Alexander is a tried and true singer/songwriter. Partaking in this rebirth of Michigan and its glorious folk music, his voice is instantly soothing as it floats across the finely plucked and gently strummed guitar that finds its home in his arms. Greater Alexander nurtures his music from its birth on paper to the recording stage where he tracks his own vocal melodies over one another to create a full-fledged, lush sound. (more)

Tips on Tasting Craft Beer

Julia Herz, director of the Brewers Association Craft Beer Program walks you through the steps of tasting a craft beer, helping you better evaluate the aesthetics, aromatics and mouthfeel of your beer.

Do you have any interesting things you do when you taste beer? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Beer

When tasting craft beer, choosing the right glassware for the style is important to ensure you have the experience the brewer intended. A few of the most common types of glassware and why they enhance the flavors and aromatics of your beer are described.

Do you use different glasses for different beers, or do you have a favorite glass you like? Let us know in the comments below.

Art by Nick Hottmann

Nicks Art Blog Feature

Nick has a great way of capturing a child like creativity and bringing it to life.  Some of his paintings can dig pretty deep with it’s contrast of adult situations and child like imagery.  The youthful creativity is consistent throughout most of his non commissioned work, but the stories they tell can be very different.

I have two pieces of his work in my home, one of them being the orange songbird seen below.  I absolutely love it and it continues to receive compliments from people who see it.

You can see more of Nicks work at the following websites:

DL Rossi: Strange Thing

From DL Rossi is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. After spending most of his career as a drummer (13 years) and working in the corporate church (5 years) in his hometown of Sterling Heights, MI, life sent him a curve ball… in the form of cancer. Thankfully, surgery left DL cancer free, but at the risk of sounding cliché, the experience left him with a new perspective on life. (more on his website)