Poor Man's Whiskey
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Poor Man's Whiskey

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The best kept secret in music


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2006 - Roadside Attraction
2003 - Train to California
2001 - Hunnerd Proof


Feeling a bit camera shy


When not on stage, the sound of Poor Man's Whiskey (PMW), can be heard across the rolling hills of Northern California coming from a woodshed.

Though the exact location of their hideout is unknown, local legends place it somewhere in the backwoods of the wine country, between Pinot vines and a moonshine still, well protected by small arms.

Together, they have produced three full length albums: Roadside Attraction, Train to California, and the out of print Hunnerd Proof. They have thrilled west coast crowds for four years running.

For a 2005 video digest, go here: http://www.poormanswhiskey.com/video

What started as the side project of an electric-funk band took on a life of it's own and quickly overshadowed the funk. At first, playing bluegrass was a way to learn something new and practice music late without angering the neighbors. Then, people started paying attention and asking for it.

The name of the band comes from a fable told by Josh about the late Mississippi John Hurt being on tour with the Grateful Dead and being offered marijuana to which he replied: "That ain't nothin but Poor Man's Whiskey."

PMW is known for creating a hoe-down wherever they go. Their music has been featured on KRSH and KGO radio, KTVU and ABC7 television. They have rocked marquee festivals such as the Strawberry Music Festival and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as well as classic venues including the SF Bay Area's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Great American Music Hall, The Mystic Theatre, and Sweetwater Saloon.

2005 saw the boys engaging bigger audiences and moving from the home studio to a pro studio to cut the new record. Other highlights of the year came as Poor Man's Whiskey were honored to support the Eagles this summer at Angels Camp in August (10,000 attendance) and Phil Lesh and Friends/John Mayer for New Years Eve (7,000 attendance).