Joyful Whiskey is a band performing original music written by songwriter Mark Varela, a Samak resident for the past 20 years. His lovely shack enjoys a nice spot on the hill looking at the High Uintas. Varela grew up in NJ and Northern Virginia where as a child he fell in love with the Beatles which then lead him toward other 60s and 70s rock music. In his teens Mark found Bluegrass music and would frequent the Birchmere to see acts like Seldom Scene, David Bromberg and such learning the value of improvisation and live performance. Mark started out as a drummer but picked up the guitar as songwriting became his forte. A songwriting machine, he has penned 300 or so songs. Varela‰Ûªs almost instantly memorable songs have subject material spanning heartbreak and loneliness to love to downright wackiness. Mountain Americana can describe the style of the music, blending roots from blues rock jazz funk bluegrass. Many of these songs have been played in two other acts in the past Smilin Jack in the 90‰Ûªs and Big Chief Hillbilly thereafter in the 00‰Ûªs.
Joyful Whiskey features the powerhouse drums and vocals of Bronx born and now 28yr Park City resident, Greg Thomas. Thomas hit the UT music scene in 1989, joining a band 2 weeks after arrival. He started playing shows and touring with Rhumboogie, Smilin Jack and FloydShow to name a few. A fellow Deadheads with Varela, these guys met up in 1994 and started playing music together in Smilin Jack.
Klay Gustin's soaring lead guitar and vocals now make up the 4pc Joyful Whiskey along with Luke Beck completing this dream of a line-up on low-down solid bass grooves. Multi-talented, Beck happens to be an amazing painter as well as guitarist. Beck and Gustin are both Wasatch High alum who also played in previous Heber City bands together, Mongrelphonic and Talking Machines. Both bands featured high energy originals and cover songs and brought the house down in Wasatch and Summit County venues over a 5 year span including appearances at the Heber Concerts In The Park. Find Joyful Whiskey on Facebook for show info, photos, and stream or download free music.
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Phone: (435) 714-0943