Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11th, 2017 - Willie, The Family, And A Rustler

Good evening!  The Meista here with a pairing for my Aunt Linda!  Tonight I'm pairing a Rustler India Pale Ale from Payette Brewing Company and Willie Nelson's "Willie And Family Live"!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Willie Nelson
  • Title: "Willie And Family Live"
  • Recorded:  April 1978 at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Release date: November 1978 (3rd live album from Willie Nelson)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Willie Nelson
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Willie Nelson (guitar and lead vocals) with Paul English (drums), Chris Ethridge (bass), Rex Ludwick (drums), Bob "Chicago" Nelson (piano), Jody Payne (guitar), and Bee Spears (bass)
  • Guest musicians: Emmylou Harris (vocals on "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", "Uncloudy Day" and "Amazing Grace"), Johnny Paycheck (vocals on "Amazing Grace" and "Take This Job And Shove It"), and Mickey Raphael (harmonica)
  • Musical style: Country, outlaw country, country rock
  • Sound: With a good mix of classic Willie and classic country music, the sound on "Willie And Family Live" is a real treat!  Willie's unique and heartfelt vocals are dead on, his guitar sings, and the Family is tight!  "Whiskey River" live is perfection!!
  • Major themes: Booze, hangovers, sex, love, loss, heartbreak, life, growing older, cowboys, outlaws, music, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Whiskey River"
  2. "Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer)"
  3. "Funny How Time Slips Away"
  4. "Crazy"
  5. "If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"
  6. "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
  7. "I Can Get Off On You"
  8. "If You Could Touch Her At All"
  9. "Good Hearted Woman"
  10. "Red Headed Stranger Medley"
  11. "Under The Double Eagle"
  12. "Till I Gain Control Again"
  13. "Bloody Mary Morning"
  14. "I'm A Memory"
  15. "Mr. Record Man"
  16. "Hello Walls"
  17. "One Day At A Time"
  18. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
  19. "Amazing Grace"
  20. "Take This Job And Shove It"
  21. "Uncloudy Day"
  22. "The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line"
  23. "A Song For You"
  24. "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"
  25. "Georgia On My Mind"
  26. "I Gotta Get Drunk"
  27. "Whiskey River"
  28. "The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Payette Brewing Company (Boise, Idaho)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Rustler India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.2% 
  • Ingredients: 2-Row, Crystal, Honey Malt, and Munich malts and Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus hops               
  • Pour: The Rustler pours a hazy copper-amber with a thin, bright white head that leaves a nice ring and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, citrusy, earthy, dank, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of bitter herbs, floral hops, grapefruit rind, tangerine, apricot, sweet pine resin, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Rustler is fruity, citrusy, malty, and very hoppy.  There are notes of sweet bready malt, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine, and spicy herbs.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a dry and slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The very drinkable citrusy, piney, and sweet malt notes and aromas of the Payette Brewing Company Rustler India Pale Ale is great for Willie's unique and deeply honest style of country music!  Both the beer and Willie are truly Americana! 


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