132. Kings of Leon - ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ + Devil In White

Kings of Leon - ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ + Devil In White

Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces moonshine or white whiskey, 1 1/2 ounces Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Blanc, 5 dashes A.B. Smeby Black & White Bitters.

Mixing Instructions: Add all ingredients over ice in a shaker.  Stir to bring temperature down and maintain clarity.  Strain into a martini glass with two brandied cherries.

Notes: If the debut album from Kings of Leon was just about the music there would be enough meat to fill a hundred pages.  But, add to the mix their story - the sons of a small-town Pentecostal preacher leaving a life of Deep South tent revivals to hole up in a Nashville basement and produce some of the most pure and blistering rock music of the past decade…and you find yourself with much more than just a great album.  

Initially pushed by their label to form a duo, elder brothers Nathan and Caleb instead bought a bass for their 15-yr old brother, who had never played, and kidnapped their cousin from Mississippi who had played guitar once when he was 10.  A month later  ”Molly Chambers”, “Wicker Chair” and “Holy Roller Novacaine”, among others, were enough to convince RCA that four was indeed better than two.  An album meant to be played uncomfortably loud, forget everything you know about KoL’s latest work and hit refresh with a moonshine cocktail and a nod to youthful impatience.

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