Thursday, February 19, 2009

William Elliott Whitmore

William Elliott Whitmore is a rising young singer/musician from Iowa who specializes in Mississippi Delta-style blues. He was interviewed during a campus stop to promote his new CD, "Animals."

Q: Anyone who listens to even a tiny bit of your music knows your love for whiskey. What do you prefer to drink?

A: Hell, I don’t know any of the really nice brands. I’d have to say my favorite is Templeton Rye. It’s made right here in Iowa, which is how I got turned on to it. It’s the only distillery — well, the only legal distillery — in Iowa.

The word is that it was one of Al Capone’s favorites, and he would drive to Iowa just to bootleg it back to Chicago. But I don’t discriminate. I’ll drink any kind.

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