Holy Water & Whiskey

Holy Water & Whiskey


Holy Water and Whiskey's harmonies flow through traditional and bluegrass gospel, cowboy, a variety of Irish and American folk, and even a blues tune or two. Their humor, authenticity, and wonderful voices rapidly turn an audience into family and leave everyone wanting more.


‘Holy Water and Whiskey’ is an Albuquerque group that plays acoustic traditional, folk, bluegrass, gospel, cowboy, and select Irish, Spanish, blues, and “whiskey” tunes. The common themes are solid, straightforward instrumental playing and soulful harmonies, with which they weave songs with great lyrics together with stories and great humor to make magical evenings. From “Let the Mystery Be” to “Wayward Wind”, their music is upbeat and uplifting. The band performs songs that aren’t heard everywhere but speak to the heart, especially as they bring their full lives to each tune. After an evening listening to the band, you’ve laughed and cried and made new, life-long friends. With an email list of more than 600 people – you won’t be alone if you want to come back again and again. Holy Water & Whiskey and their fans might show up anywhere – and you are lucky when you find them because you are guaranteed a good time that you won’t soon forget.
The Albuquerque group consists of Maggie Washburne on bass, Scott Altenbach on guitar, and Bruce Washburne on guitar and banjo. Bruce and Maggie met in a band in Hawaii, were married there in 1979, and played in several bands there and in Wisconsin until their kids came along. After 20 years without performing, in 2003 they started singing with Scott, Biology professor, bat expert, former hard rock miner and Colorado musician. The trio has been having a great time harmonizing ever since. In 2007, Scott married Maggie’s sister Maria (our sound person and band saint) – so they’re not only real, down-to-earth people, they’re a real family band.
In Albuquerque, the group has played at many events, including opening for Michael Martin Murphey’s Christmas show at the Albuquerque Convention Center, at the Kimo Theater as the adopted musical mascots of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and as regulars at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, The Smokehouse in Rio Rancho, The Solid Grounds Coffee House, The Covenant Café, The Santa Fe Southern Railroad, and O’Neill’s Pub on Central Avenue, where they perform monthly. They’ve gotten rave reviews outside Albuquerque, too, including the Nature Center in Prescott, Arizona and at several concerts in Hillsboro and Kingston, NM.
When not playing the music that they love, Maggie is a biology professor at UNM, where she teaches, has a genomics lab and runs a large student program and Bruce is a social worker and the coordinator of services for blind veterans for the state of NM at the Albuquerque VA. Bruce and Maggie also own and operate a farm in Cuba, NM. Scott is retired from the UNM Biology Department but manages to keep busy with his organic, “off-the-grid” farm and shaft work, including examining abandoned mines in 4 states.
For booking, our blog, schedule, or other information visit the web site at www.holywaterandwhiskey.com; call 505-265-3218; or E-mail Bdwashburn@aol.com.


Better Late Than Never
You can hear it at CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/cd/holywaterwhiskey
and learn more about the band on their website: http://www.holywaterandwhiskey.com.

Their new CD "Leap of Faith" should be out summer of 2008.

Set List

We do 12 to 14 songs per set, up to 3 45-minute sets a night.

Set List – 12/2007
1. Amazing Grace
2. Angels Rejoiced (Louvin Brothers)
3. Banks of the Ohio
4. Blackberry Blossom
5. Blowin in the Wind (B0b Dylan)
6. Canaan’s Land
7. Catfish John
8. Christmas in Prison (John Prine)
9. CiCi’s Remark (original)
10. City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman)
11. Cool Water (Sons of the Pioneers)
12. Cripple Creek
13. Dark as a Dungeon
14. Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn
15. De Colores
16. Down the road
17. Down to the River to Pray
18. Dream
19. Dublin Blues (Guy Clark)
20. Dueling Banjos
21. Farewell Train
22. Feed My Sheep
23. Four Nights Drunk
24. Four Rode By
25. George’s Song (original)
26. Geronimo’s Cadillac (Michael Martin Murphey)
27. Give it Up
28. Goin’ Up
29. Gone, Gone Away
30. Grandfathers Clock
31. Grandma and the Angels (original)
32. Guantanamera
33. I’ll Fly Away
34. It Rains Ever