367 – The Literal Rockstar of Bourbon with Bo Garrett of Montgomery Gentry and Wild Turkey

There’s not many people in the bourbon industry that have a story like our guest. Bo Garrett wanted a better life than working in the coal mines of eastern Kentucky. He picked up a guitar and left for Lexington, Kentucky to be discovered. He met some key people that would change his life forever and spent over 20 years together on the road as the lead guitarist for Montgomery Gentry while being sponsored by Jim Beam. After the tragic passing of Troy Montgomery, it sent Bo to a dark place and he needed something. After a fateful run-in with Jimmy Russell while having dinner with Fred Noe, he started giving tours at Wild Turkey and discovered a new passion and became one of their esteemed Brand Builders. After you hear this story, you will see that Bo is the literal rockstar of the bourbon world.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about proofing based on taste or most money
  • Did you have a family history in moonshining?
  • When did you start getting into playing guitar?
  • What genre did you first start with?
  • What did the music career really take off?
  • What was your best and worst tour experience?
  • Do you miss life on the road and touring?
  • What is your guitar of choice?
  • Do you still keep in touch with everyone in the band?
  • How did Booker Beam and Montgomery Gentry come together?
  • Do you look back on your days on the road and wish you hunted more?
  • What made you want to be a tour guide at Wild Turkey when you weren’t touring?
  • How are you finding historical information and pictures to share on social media?
  • Are you digging up more history on Jimmy Russell as you spend time with him?
  • What else are you doing as a Brand Builder at Wild Turkey?
  • @wildturkey @montgomerygentry
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