Poor Man’s Whiskey
“They groan with the rundown weight of good Drive-By Truckers…PMW’s sway of smarts and wit infuses their originals, where they delight in jumbling elements in a way that pops like super balls in a cement mixer. String band? Sort of. Rock band? Sure. Prog-metal enthusiasts and swing time fellas? Absolutely. In the end, they are an original distillation, a tasty burn that goes down with a kick and lingers beautifully when it hits your gut.” – Dennis Cook, Jambase.com
Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old
time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals world-wide. This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stomping good time. Poor Man’s Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.
PMW has released 6 studio albums, “Like a River”, released in 2012, “Goodbye California” (2011), “Dark Side of the Moonshine” (a double disk set featuring original music as well as the bluegrass interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic album) (2009), “Roadside Attraction”(2005), “Train to California” (2003), and “Hunnerd Proof”(2002).
Notable festivals and shows: The Fillmore, SF (Sold Out Show); Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Music Festival (Australia), High Sierra Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival; Harmony Festival; Strawberry Music Festival; The Great American Music Hall; Dead on the Creek, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, The Summer Meltdown, Las Tortugas; the finals of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and many more.
Members- Josh Brough (banjo, keyboards), Jason Beard (guitar, mandolin), George Smeltz (drums), and Aspen Stevenson (bass), Sean Lehe (guitar)