Welcome to Tête-à-Tête Thursday with songtress extraordinaire, Beth Walker, who along with her band, the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, will be hosting the inaugural Moonshiner's Ball music festival at Homegrown Hideaways in Berea, KY. The band's goal is to have "a party for all our incredible fans. Moonshiner's Ball is about having everyone we love out in one field, camping under the same sky, dancing in the same dirt, sipping from the same jar."
Bourbonista: Let's get started, if you could be any animal on the planet, including those of the cryptozoological variety, what would you be?
Beth: I would be my dog Leroy Brown who is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Pit mix. He lives an extremely good life with lots of love and treats, and he is also a completely badass that nobody fucks with.
Bourbonista: Yeah, my dog, Doc Grizzly has it pretty damn good too...he just eats, sleeps, and plays. Wait, if you added drinking and writing, I already kind of live his life. What is the best thing you ever ate?
Beth: My fish tacos are the best thing I've ever eaten. I'm lucky that I eat them whenever I get the urge. You have to come to dinner some time and I will make them for you!
Bourbonista: I would love to come to your place and eat your fish taco...that came out all wrong. What six people, they can either be alive or dead or a combination, would you invite to your perfect dinner party?
Beth: This one is too tough to answer. I would probably stick to the same people I have over almost every week for dinner, because I love them and they make me comfortable. Really "cool" people make me nervous.
Bourbonista: Thanks, ask me over and then tell me you don't invite "cool" people because they make you nervous. Guess I know who's not cool, now. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Beth: "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson fits me pretty well.
Bourbonista: Yeah, you and I could drift down that one together with giant straws. Or, I've got a float for two with a cooler in the middle that would be perfect. Better yet, why don't you write your own version called "Bourbon Lake." You can film the video at the boat...yes? Come on, say yes? Describe yourself in three words all beginning with the letter “B.”
Beth: Beautiful, Blue-Eyed, Brunette?
Bourbonista: I don't know about Brunette, but I think Brilliant fits the bill...and Bold...Bohemian...and...Bawdy. You are all the good B's. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Beth: Buy a farm with a swimming hole and probably travel a lot!
Bourbonista: Skinny dipping! Write a short “Thank You” letter to your future self for all the cool shit you’ve done twenty years from now.
Beth: Dear Beth, I'm just thankful that your liver still works. Carry on. Love, Beth
Bourbonista: I'm banking on the fact that they'll have those liver-growing rats available in pet stores by then. If you were a booze, which would you be and who would you want to drink you?
Beth: This answer is clearly bourbon, and I'm not at all picky about the brand. I would love for everyone to enjoy the buzz I offer!
Bourbonista: Well, I can't wait until next weekend to be part of that buzz. Moonshiner's Ball is going to be fan-fucking-tabulous! I will see you there with bells on. Bells and a caftan...and nothing else.
ABOUT MOONSHINER'S BALL:
Picture yourself kicking back on the soft grass on a warm, sunny May afternoon, low-rolling hills all around you. Old friends and new camping together under a clear Appalachian sky, throwing frisbee, splashing in the creek, ranting and raving into large powered speakers, imbibing freely, huddling over massive bonfires, catching up on old times and scheming up new ones.
These great bands will perform:
J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers
Bawn in the Mash
Coralee & the Townies
Solid Rock'it Boosters
Tribe Called Lex featuring Sheisty Khrist
The Ronnie King Band
and your host, of course, The Blind Corn Liquor Pickers
And these great writers will read:
Eric Scott Sutherland
You can bring your own food or booze, although there will be food trucks rolling in to serve you.
Gate price is $65 per person, regardless of how long you stay, and it includes camping for both nights. For the moment, you can still buy tickets online for the discounted price of $50 per person, but this won't last long.
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