Close your eyes and picture a Ken Burns documentary on bourbon brought to life through live bluegrass music. Then all throughout the performance, you actually experience the evolution of bourbon by tasting the whiskey and bourbon that folks were drinking starting back in the 1700’s; then move to what they were drinking throughout the 1800’s, all the way up through present day, and you have:

“The Evolution Of Bourbon Told Through Bluegrass Music”
Performed by the leading folks in bourbon and in bluegrass music.
This 75 minute self-contained performance stimulates all the senses. You will see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the history of the native spirit of the United States; literally drinking in the history of Kentucky’s fine spirit through it’s music!

Hickory Vaught is the face on the passports and advertisements for the Urban Bourbon Trail Account at the Blu at the Louisville Marriott Hotel where he hosts, “Bourbon & Bluegrass” every Thursday since it opened. Dubbed “The Bluegrass Music Ambassador of Kentucky” by the Governor himself.

Bernie Lubbers is The Whiskey Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY and is known as the Whiskey Professor.

Just like bourbon whiskey, bluegrass music was born in Kentucky through Bill Monroe who took the old time mountain music and transformed it into a hard driving sound. His instrument (and Hickory’s) is the mandolin, once a background parlor instrument until Mr. Monroe made it a front instrument along with his “high lonesome” voice.

Tonight you’ll hear the old time music from Hickory that match the time lines on the evolution of bourbon. Hickory and Bernie will play and sing bluegrass tunes that match the history and/or the subject of that particular time.
Songs from Bill Monroe, Grandpa Jones, Flatt & Scruggs, along with their own originals.

Since the show isn’t 100% scripted you just never know what they might play next.