Last night, I attended the 159th birthday party of whiskey-legend Jack Daniels. Sadly, the man himself couldn’t be there, but 400 competition winners turned out to celebrate and down whiskey cocktails in his honour.
A particular treat was the specially assembled Silver Cornet Band, featuring Nashville greats David Hood, Wayne Carson and Billy Block. It’s not often you get the chance to hear Elvis’s hit, Always on My Mind, sung by the guy who actually wrote it (Wayne Carson).
Jon McClure (of Reverend and The Makers) sized up to the crowd and got them going with his hit, Heavyweight Champion of The World. Then Brett Anderson took us back to the 90s with Suede hits Everything Will Flow, Trash and, of course, that floppy fringe! Definitely my favourite part of the night.
All three musicians performed a combination of their own hits and covers. Carl Barat sang unashamedly from a lyric sheet when it was his turn, but drew the biggest cheer from the crowd when he sang Libertines classic, What Katie Did.
The JD Set prides itself on the unique collaborations it puts together for its gigs, and so Jon McClure, Brett Anderson and Carl Barat dutifully took to the stage for a group rendition of Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground. It was certainly a strange line-up – Jon and Brett looked slightly bemused and Carl Barat was a little worse for wear – but they pulled it off!
See the grand finale yourself in the video below.
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