Battle of the Booze

Welcome to May!  

Did you all survive April?  How many of you joined in the A2Z Blogging Madness?  I’m sure you’re looking for a bit of respite after that crazy blog hop, but you know what they say…. 

No Rest for the Wicked! (Not that any of you are truly wicked)

For today’s battle, Stephen mentioned to me that he wished he could re-use one of his previous battle songs. I’m not exactly sure why he thinks he couldn't or can't. These battles are meant to be all about fun and getting to know the musics.  

Anyway, I offered to use his song and put it up against a song with a similar feel to see how it fares. Not going to tell you which song it is, because I do want some sort of fairness to the battle. 

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers  

Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers formed in 1998, following the removal of Brian Blush and departure of Art Edwards from The Refreshments. Frontman Roger Clyne and drummer Paul "P.H." Naffah were originally joined by former Gin Blossoms member Scott Johnson, who left to rejoin his former band in 2002. James Swafford and Daryl Icard also appeared in the new lineup, but were unable to stay. Steve Larson, former guitarist for Dead Hot Workshop, also joined the band. In January 2009, it was announced that Larson would be departing and would be replaced by Railbenders frontman Jim Dalton on lead guitar. 


Starbuck was a rock band formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974 by keyboardist/vocalist/record producer Bruce Blackman and marimba player Bo Wagner. Both Blackman and Wagner, along with guitarist Johnny Walker, had previous success with Mississippi-based "sunshine pop" group Eternity's Children, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Mrs. Bluebird" in the summer of 1968. Wagner worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show, and played drums for the extravagant pianist Liberace.

Can you guess which one was Stephens tune?  Which one of these songs gets your vote?

If you’re a blogger and want to join in the fun, please do so! There’s plenty of content for everyone to join in. 

In the event that you are new here, or you have simply forgotten… Here’s a review of how a battle works:

  1. Listen to each of the contenders. Try not to be persuaded by the videos. I like to close my eyes and let the music transport me. Keep an open mind and don’t be persuaded by the artist name. 

  2. Pick the contender that you prefer the most

  3. Leave a comment with the name of the contender you have chosen. Feel free to expound upon your choice. 

  4. Visit the other bloggers that have battles taking place. Their battles are different from each other, so be sure to check them out.  

    1. Stephen McCarthy 

    2. Tossing It Out

    3. The Sound of One Hand Typing

    4. Curious As A Cathy

    5. dIEDRE

    6. Debbie DogLady

    7. Christine

    8. Boromax aka Ed

Alright now… Cast your votes in the comments! Voting Results will be posted on the 8th of this month.  

Don’t forget to also check out today’s Song of The Day! 


  1. Interesting battle, Mary! I know Stephen used "Doing Nothing" recently and I voted for it at the time. Now though, I'm more captivated by the Mariachi sound of "Mexican Moonshine". OlĂ© ☺

  2. I love the easy mellow sound that Starbuck offers this morning and am giving them my vote. :) I'm happy you survived A2Z, Mary. Have a bandtastic day, my friend!

  3. I know Stephen has often mentioned Starbuck and Bruce Blackman so that's what I think would be Stephen's song.

    The first reminded me of what one might end up with an AI produced song that was the mash up up several other songs I've heard. It was a bit formulaic in a formulaic way. I liked the second song much better. Nice vibe and music playing. My vote goes to Bruce Blackman.


  4. Stephen and I are both fans of Starbuck and Bruce Blackman, so you know I'm going with Bruce here.

  5. I like Mexican Moonshine. Kept my interest and I like the style of it better

  6. Hola, MMQE ~

    The ol' bilge rat was feeling under the weather yesterday (I think someone must have slipped me some bad moonshine), but he's feeling considerably better after about 9.5 hours of sleep.

    >>... Stephen mentioned to me that he wished he could re-use one of his previous battle songs. I’m not exactly sure why he thinks he couldn't or can't.

    Because my ongoing musical challenge is a single-elimination tournament. Only winners get to move on to the playoff round. I really did NOT anticipate Bruce Blackman losing to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, but lose he did, so he was no longer eligible to appear in my BOTB's Battle Of The Booze contest. (I gotta play by the rules that I myself concocted.) But that didn't mean he couldn't be miraculously resurrected and appear in YOUR Battle Of The Booze tournament! And I'm pleased as spiked punch to see he's doing well here!

    I liked the song 'Mexican Moonshine' fairly well. It reminded me of a cross between Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Venice, CA., and the city jail in Ensenada, Mexico.

    But for full, relaxing Boozy pleasure, I'm always going to side with my main man, Bruce Blackman. ('Doing Nothing' is one of my absolute favorite songs that mention "evidence". It's how I got turned on to Mojitos, which are as refreshing a Summertime cocktail as any other ever invented.)

    Incidentally, my Bro happened to be in the room while I was listening to your match-up, and the Judge wants to submit a "rulin'" for Blackman also.

    So, please chalk up one Mojito and one Margarita for Blackman and add them to my tab, bartender. (Mark twain.) Thanks!!

    ~ D-FensDogG

  7. Roger Clyne and the gang were staples for years at my summer retreat in Puerto Penasco, Mexico - And just last week I realized their abandoned (?) RV/bandwagon is parked in the back lot of a popular watering hole in Pinetop, AZ ! Let's hear it for Mexican Moonshine! (And summer bathtub races, but we won't talk about that ;-)


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