One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer

One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer


By Christine Scioli

When I attended Delaware Law School “back in the day”, I was a clerk at a nearby law firm and happened to have the cool task of incorporating a local musician and his band, George Thorogood and the Destroyers. This led me to check him out at The Deer Park Tavern, a historic landmark which originally had been the boundary of the Mason/Dixon line, the demarcation between free and slave states.

I happened to catch him singing his version of an old blues song, “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer”, written by Rudy Toombs and first recorded by Amos Milburn 1953 and later by John Lee Hooker in 1966.

I was mesmerized by this rendition, both the sound and the message. It basically tells the story of a man who is in a bar at closing time trying to get enough booze down his neck to forget that his girlfriend’s gone AWOL and harasses a tired, bored bartender who simply wants to close up and go home, into serving just one more round.

When we produced our libation travelogue documentary film, A Cocktail Orange we traveled throughout Hawaii and California in search of the most unique locations and drinks, but I forgot to give a shout out to my “old” client who is still going strong and touring all over the place with a sound as dynamic as ever.

Don’t miss watching our film and seeing him if you can!