Hemingway’s Whiskey 2011

Hemingway’s Whiskey was recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 2011 on a Guy Clark Tribute album.

Listening to this song it is really easy to see why Kris recorded it.  It is also difficult to believe he never wrote it.

Why?

It just SOUNDS like something Kris wrote, & it fits with his passion for protecting people’s right to free speech. Ernest Hemingway’s books were burned in Berlin, after all.

Hemingway’s whiskey was actually written by Guy Clark, Ray Stephenson & Joe Leathers.

Kris is one of the 33 artists who contributed to the double cd paying tribute to this dearly loved & respected singer/songwriter.  Icons honouring their own & supporting a great cause.

 

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Hemingway’s Whiskey Lyrics

Hemingway’s whiskey, warm and smooth and mean, even when it burns, it’ll always finish clean

He didn’t like it watered down, he took it straight up and neat, if it was bad enough for him, you know it’s bad enough for me – Hemingway’s whiskey

Ah, it’s tough out there, a good muse is hard to find, living one word to the next, one line at a time
There’s more to life than whiskey, there’s more to words than rhyme, Sometimes nothing works, sometimes nothing shines – Like Hemingway’s whiskey

Sail away, sail away, three sheets to the wind, Live hard, die-hard, this one’s for him

About the Album

The Album, This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album.

Band members include Camp, Verlon Thompson, Jen Gunderman, Lloyd Maines, Glenn Fukunaga, Mike Bub, Larry Atamanuik, and Kenny Malone

Looking through the credits, I realised why the album felt so familiar – Tamara Saviano, the producer, is one artistic lady.

An author in her own right, a human being & Kris Kristofferson’s manager are just a few achievements that she has to her name.

She is also a grammy winning producer, & she has a flair that seems to leave her perfume on everything & everyone she interacts with.

More about Tamara Saviano’s own book here .  The audio book has a forward read by Kris Kristofferson

Fancy a download or the whole album for yourself or as a great gift idea?  If you do buy the album, you will be supporting the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.  Part of the proceeds will be donated to this worthy cause.

 

Sources: raystephenson.com , icehousemusic.com/, guyclark.comtamarasaviano.com

 

Photo source: Press kit from guyclark.com , featured image is CC original here

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