Published Dec 04, 2015Love of strong drink is a theme that runs through many genres, but none rivals country music in capturing the highs and lows, joys and sorrows that lay at the bottom of the bottle. Luckily, the purveyors of fine country music at Bloodshot Records have gathered up a collection of some of the best odes to liquor they could find, just in time to accompany you as you drink away your holiday sorrows.
We all have different friends to drink with for different reasons, and this set covers all your bases. Are you in the mood to laugh and revel with your drinking buddy? Bobby Bare Jr.'s "One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles of Wine" has got you covered. Would you rather bask in your loneliness? Lady Parts (Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor) serve a beautiful rendition of Ron Sexsmith's "Me, Myself and Wine." Joe Pug shows up with "This Our Hour" to get into that drinking-as-nobility thing that goes down so well after midnight. If you're feeling rowdy and bit violent, Elizabeth Cook has your back with her raucous cover of the Dead Kennedys' classic "Too Drunk to Fuck." In a strong set, the shining moment here belongs Deer Tick, who deliver a cover of the Pogues' "If I Should Fall From Grace with God."
It might not be a collection for every day, but when you need something to accompany you and the bottle, you aren't going to do much better than Working Songs for the Drinking Class. (Bloodshot)