147. Blind Pilot - 3 Rounds and a Sound + Jack Rose

Blind Pilot - 3 Rounds and a Sound + Jack Rose

Ingredients: 2 ounces Laird’s Applejack Brandy, 3/4 ounce grenadine, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters, lemon peel.

Mixing Instructions: Pour brandy, grenadine, lemon juice and bitters into cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Twist lemon peel over drink to release oils.  Rub rim of glass with lemon peel, discard and serve.

Notes:  In 2008, when Israel Nebeker & crew of Blind Pilot released 3 Rounds and a Sound, I had no idea how ready I was for laid-back guitar and soft vocals.  Their difference to the formula that I’ve loved for years came from the flat-out honesty and purity of the sound they put together.  Israel’s vocals evoke a strong sense of emotion coupled with songs that have just enough catchiness to blur the line between folk-pop and indie-rock.  This album served as an excellent foundation to the album that has followed sense, and hopefully many more albums to come.  Give it a spin the next time you need to refresh your taste for heartfelt music and songwriting… you won’t be disappointed.

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