PICKERS ORIGINAL VODKA HONORS LOCAL MUSICIANS, MOON TAXI, CHRIS SCRUGGS AND GUTHRIE TRAPP WITH ONGOING MURAL SERIES
Local Artist Bryan Deese Completes Two Murals in the Pickers Original Vodka Series Featuring Local Musicians
Pickers Original Vodka, Tennessee’s first craft vodka, unveils two murals honoring Moon Taxi, Chris Scruggs and Guthrie Trapp. The Moon Taxi mural is located on wall of Exit In at 2208 Elliston Place. Chris Scruggs and Guthrie Trapp are teamed up and featured at the Bootleggers Inn building on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway.
Pickers Vodka commisoned Nashville mural artist, Bryan Deese and launced the mural series in 2020. Moon Taxi, Chris Schrugg and Guthrie Trapp are Deese's fourth and fifth mural to date. Deese’s previous murals featured Sam Bush & Kendell Marvel, Alyanna Royale and Jerry Pentecost. Additional murals will be commissioned in the fall of 2021.
The mural series highlights Pennington Distilling Company's pledge that $1 for every bottle of Pickers Original Vodka sold at Middle Tennessee bars, restaurants and venues that support live music will be donated to Music Health Alliance. For every $1 donation, MHA is able to provide $30 in life-saving healthcare resources. Jeff and Jenny Pennington, co-founders of Pickers Vodka, state “We are thankful to be able to support local musicians and artists with this series of murals in the Nashville area. From Nashville to Flora-Bama, we look forward to helping the Music Health Alliance in their mission to support musicians for years to come.” Bryan Deese states “I’m proud to be painting this series of Pickers Vodka murals celebrating what makes my hometown so special—rich with culture in ways money can’t buy.”
ABOUT CHRIS SCRUGGS Chris Scruggs is a singer and guitarist, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. With deep musical roots stemming from both sides of his family, Scruggs was raised hearing all types of music, but what really stuck out to him was the sound of traditional country. At age 11 he started playing the guitar and was working professionally by the time he had reached 14 years. When he was 19 years old, he signed on as a member of BR549, co-fronting the band with Chuck Mead from 2002 until 2005, when Chris left the group to embark on a solo career. Scruggs is known for his masterful playing of the steel guitar without pedals. Scruggs has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists across multiple genres, including Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell, Loretta Lynn, Kacey Musgraves, Justin Townes Earle, Connie Smith, Hank Williams III, Amanda Shires, Andrew Bird, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Nesmith, Chris Cornell, Suzy Bogguss, and Marty Stuart. Scruggs is currently the bassist for Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives and he also hosts a live radio show once a week on 650 AM WSM called “Friends and Neighbors,” featuring Chris and his all star band The Stone Fox Five, which airs directly after the Friday Night Opry on country music’s most famous radio station. ABOUT GUTHRIE TRAPP Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s preeminent guitar talents. Trapp is at home with all styles of music and is a naturally soulful and energetic player. He shines as a solo artist, session and touring musician as well as a top educator in the guitar world. Guthrie has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Billy Gibbons, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless and George Jones .. to name a few. https://guthrietrapp.com/home/
ABOUT PICKERS ORIGINAL VODKA Pickers Original Vodka is Tennessee’s first craft vodka made in a state-of-the-art column still. This results in a product with a superior level of purity and smoothness. Pickers Original Vodka is Gluten-free and made with non-GMO corn. Pickers Vodka is crafted and distilled by Pennington Distilling Company in Nashville, TN The company was founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife team, Jeff and Jenny Pennington and their distillery is located in the heart of their hometown. The Pennington’s have personally crafted the award-winning vodka and its family of products. Products Include: Original Vodka® with additional fruit-infused flavors including Blueberry, Blood Orange, and Pineapple; Pickers Unplugged Vodka Soda® in assorted low calorie, zero carbohydrate, and gluten-free flavors; Pickers Crafted Cocktails® in assorted flavors. For more information, please visit http://www.pickersvodka.com