Jim Morrison called, and he wants his shtick back Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Jim Morrison called, and he wants his shtick back
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No. 1 Son: Jay Buchanan is a whiskey rock-a-roller

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If the 1970s weren’t rock’s greatest decade, they were easily its greasiest. Rival Sons have bottled some of that magic with Feral Roots, their recent sixth album, whose single “Do Your Worst” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Having opened for metal gods Black Sabbath, this fall the hard-touring California four-piece hit the road with grunge survivors Stone Temple Pilots. Rival Sons owe much of their grit to singer and co-songwriter Jay Buchanan, who sounds like Robert Plant messing with Paul Rodgers

Be still our beating heart Credit: Redbreast
Be still our beating heart
Credit: Redbreast

One bourbon, one Scotch, one mug

His secret? Thanks to Daily Beast’s Noah Rothbaum, we know that like many of his old-skool role models, the agile vocalist drinks on the job. “I always keep a drink neat on stage in a mug,” Buchanan explains. “Just taking a tiny sip of whiskey, just enough to wet my palate. It helps my throat while I’m singing.” Sure, Jay. Judging from the records he says changed his life, Buchanan has impeccable taste in music. He’s also a fairly discerning drinker, partial to a post-show Redbreast 15-Year-Old pot still Irish whiskey with “a good solid ice cube.” True to that Scottish surname, he also counts Laphroaig and Oban among his road drams. At home, the bourbon fan’s collection has run to Belle Meade, Blanton’s and Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel. Son of a gun.🥃

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