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Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas Posted on August 25, 2014  Mix one part  New Riders Of The Purple Sage, one part Chieftains, three partsDropkick Murphys , and a pinch of Mojo Nixon. Shake vigorously. Add a pitcher of the house Micro-brew, chased by a flask of Jameson Irish Whiskey, and stir.  Voila! You have The Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas,self described as “an acoustic nine piece gaggle of southern California hooligans, influenced by Irish traditional music, American bluegrass, Old time Country and Rock N’Roll.” If you throw in a tavern audience, the chemical reaction is magic. The APWF are a crowd pleasing band, taking requests, as they banter with their fans. We had the distinct pleasure of seeing them perform at Hennessy’s in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. They blend Irish Folk with Country-Rock to foot stomping perfection.  Their blend of Guitars, Banjo, Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Accordion, Upright Bass, and Harmonica, supported by thumping percussion kept the place energized. I requested “Whiskey In The Jar”, and they obliged with a rollicking Thin Lizzy inspired rendition. For good measure they gave us some Led Zeppelin before inviting a couple of ladies in the audience (including my wife) up on stage to join them for “This Train Is Bound For Glory” as a closer. I came away with their CD, entitled, “First Flask“.  It’s a mix of originals and covers. The first track, “Ode To Jimmy Butters” caught my attention, being about a guy who hung out at The Blarney Stone, an Irish pub that I used to frequent when I lived in San Diego. The CD includes Jimi Hendrix‘ “Castles Made Of Sand” and Steve Earles‘ “Galway Girl”, as well as an Irish marching version of Amazing Grace.  All nine tracks are available for free download at their Website. I strongly recommend giving them a listen. We’ll be listening to them in upcoming editions of The Robert J Program on Radio Vera and Sky Wave Radio  ” - Robert J

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Home News Community Sports Dining Entertainment Education Political Faith & Family Columns Public Notices Best Of East County   Stay Connected   El Cajon, CA Clear sky: 87.8 °F BNS welcomes back crowd favorite, the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellows  Rebecca Jefferis Williamson       Thu September 18, 2014 05:31pm Do not expect to get a house band ring on the musical fingers of Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas just yet. They are players right now on the local Irish pub circuit.  That is indeed the name of the band. A former band member helped with the name by showing where a pocket whiskey flask goes as band member Philippe Freed explained it. The band plays primarily Irish traditionals, bluegrass, country and rock ‘n roll. They have played a number of times at BNS. According to band member, Steve (Stive) Hosko most of the band (Justin Davis, George Davis, Jack Laux, Russ Englehart, Philippe Freed, Larry Kosta Jr., and Leo Stafford) have known each other for years. They have played in other bands and came together as Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellows over 2-1/2 years ago. Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellows may play gritty, bluesy music but they are practical men and use current technology, like the I-phone, to help out here and there. Dave Goodman said he has watched the various musicians for over 15 years. Goodman said the band stays busy. One of its performance venues has been beerfest cruises. Other venues include the St. Patrick’s Day Parade near Balboa Park and other Irish pubs. BNS Brewing is for all ages with the picnic tables and play areas for family to use in its patio area as the Taco Machine Food Truck served the hungry. Bagpiper Brad Rushing, of Pine Valley, was there to support the San Diego Firefighter’s Emerald Society, who did a rousing 9/11 tribute on drums and bagpipes playing a haunting rendition of  “Amazing Grace.” Some of the Emerald Society’s kilt-clad musicians wore what must be the official kilt footwear, historically speaking, of red tennis shoes. Friday night was in full throttle swing at BNS with local musicians and drinks like Gun Fight, Lawmaker, and spirits tasting. ” - Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

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