I Want Whiksy's music reflects an American Spirit most have forgotten: one of life, love, good times, hard work, and rebellion. Influences include Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, The Pogues, Luke Kelly, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan.
In late 2006, in search of something new, punk-rocker and native of Atlanta, Cullen "Georgia Slim" Brown began his new accordion folk act, I Want Whisky, solo at first, with a few guests here and there for about a year, opening for many local punk house-shows with labor and drinking songs. He slowly added members and by 2008, I Want Whisky was a four piece incorporating instruments such as accordion, guitar, harmonica, piano, autoharp, banjo, and bass. The quartet fused elements of folk, bluegrass, blues, and Irish folk to write new material and perform the old labor and drinking songs in new ways.
With a few cast changes since then, I Want Whisky has become a five-member thrashing ensemble. While still maintaining their old folk roots, growing new ones, and implementing a hard driven rhythm section slammin' out country patterns, I Want Whisky is creating music unlike any other in Atlanta, yet familiar enough to get rowdy, raise hell, and have a drink... or seven.
Comrade Cockaroo (2010-2011) - guitar, vocals (occasionally still performs as friend and guest)
Big Daddy Kei (2008-2010) - guitar, accordion, vocals (occasionally still performs as friend and guest)
Chris Hearn (2008) - guitar, vocals
Cole Grant (2008) - bass
Ryan Dale (2008) - banjo
Guests in the past:
Joel Glogowski - stand-up bass (2010)
Dan Emmet - fiddle (2010)
Caroline Aufdemorte - vocals on performance of "Fairytale of New York" ( New Year's Eve 2009)
Jason C. Waller - slide guitar (2009)
Emily Martin - vocals on performance of "Fairytale of New York" (New Year's Eve 2008)
Pablo Cerda - drums on performance of "Nobody's Darling But Mine" (2008)
Henry Studdard - spoons (2008)
Shannon Murray - guitar on performance of "Solidarity Forever" (2008)
Evan Greer - guitar (2007, 2008)
Gary Brown - guitar (2007, 2008)
Emily Grossniklaus - violin (2006)