Getting to Know the New Band “Three Times Distilled”

What happens when you take five days, four bottles of Jameson, three talented musicians, (two complete strangers), and one badass producer? Well, if you are anything like the new band Three Times Distilled, then what happens is pure magic.

Formed on a whim by guitarist Joey Michel who knew the other band members, drummer, Spencer Wolford and Vocalist, Tyler Seton, as well as producer, Tira Neal, from completely different stages of his life, Three Times Distilled could have been just an easy excuse to party in a cabin for a week, but their results speak for themselves.

After all agreeing to meet in Colorado to see what happens after Michels’ called them each individually and told them to “trust him,” they all combined their musical talents and formed one cohesive unit. In five short days the guys not only recorded four tracks and a music video, but also hired a videographer to film a short documentary of the band meeting, recording, and capture the birth of their band.

Their first track, “I Had A Real Good Lover,” a combination of classic rock meets Nathaniel Rateliffe with a dash of John Mayer, the track will appeal not only to classic rock lovers, modern rock lovers, or pop rock lovers, but to music lovers in general.

After fully funding the project themselves, Three Times Distilled spent fifty hours in the studio last May trying to synthesize each other’s musical direction and understanding. Since then, the band has been putting the finishing touches on their creation, which includes everything from deciding on a band name, to mastering their first EP.

Speaking of the name Three Times Distilled, Michels says they decided on the name over multiple bottles of Jameson. Just as Jameson is three times distilled to extract the purity of the alcohol, the band Three Times Distilled focuses on making pure music without the gimmicks.

This past Tuesday the band released their second single, an epic, passionate rendition of “Use Me”, a cover of Bill Withers’ 1972 chart-topping soul hit. Give it a listen below and hear for yourself what three guys did in five days. Then imagine what they would sound like with five months in a studio.

With minimal equipment, time, and plan of action, Three Times Distilled has proven they have what it takes to compete in the business, and are here to stay.

Want to learn more about the band?

Visit their website at like them on Facebook, or hear their music on any of the platforms below.



Pints For Paws: Friends of the Westerly Animal Shelter

“Friends of the Westerly Animal Shelter” or FOWAS is a group of local volunteers that are dedicated to supporting animal care at the Westerly Animal Shelter. They are a 501-C non-profit, whose mission is “Supporting Westerly Animal Shelter in it’s quest to promote the health/welfare of lost/abandoned pets and to educate and assist those who care for them.”

Through fundraising, FOWAS uses 100% of its proceeds to take care of situations that the town doesn’t pay for. There are 3 major categories where these funds may be directed.

1. FOWAS will pay for non life-threatening surgeries that an animal may need to make them more adoptable. For example, a dog with the condition ‘cherry eye,’ which is a disorder of the Nictitating Membrane, could receive the surgery needed to fix the eyelids, therefore making the dog more adoptable and able to find a suitable home.

2. A portion of the proceeds from fundraising also goes to behavioral training, which will teach animals basic commands and help control anxiety, and anger or aggression, which often comes from the animals being caged for long periods of time. Like cosmetic surgery, this training will also greatly improve the animal’s ability and likelihood to be adopted.

3. Finally, FOWAS also helps save animals deemed “non-adoptable” and finds Rescues for animals on the &

#8220;Euthanasia List.” For the animals that do not meet the criteria for adoption, the FOWAS will make donations to the Rescues that will accept these animals into their shelters; essentially saving them from being euthanized.

The "Pints for Paws" flyer, which promotes the event.

The “Pints for Paws” flyer, which promotes the event.

So how can you help?

Sally Trefes Sorensen, FOWAS volunteer, and manager of the Windjammer, a popular beach bar located in Misquamicut, RI, has created the “Pints for Paws” event.  This fundraiser allows “Celebrity Bartenders” the chance to hop behind the bar and show off their bar tending skills. Every Thursday in August, from 6pm-8pm at the Windjammer a celebrity bartender will join a veteran Windjammer bartender, and the duo will donate all their tips to the FOWAS. At certain events, there will also be live music, and the opportunity to purchase tickets for the annual FOWAS raffle, which offers a first place prize of $1,500, a second place prize of $1,000, and a third place prize of $500, with a $3/ticket purchase.

The sunset at the Windjammer during last the first of 4 "Pints for Paws" event. (photo credit: R. Jacobson)

The sunset at the Windjammer during the first of 4 “Pints for Paws” event. (photo credit: R. Jacobson)

The first “Pints for Paws” of the summer went off without a hitch, and it is expected that each and every Thursday will bring in more and more money for FOWAS.

For more information on the “Friends of the Westerly Animal Shelter” and for an up-to-date list of the celebrity bartenders participating in the event, follow them on Facebook.


4 People Every Wine Lover Should Be Familiar With


The majority of the big names in the wine industry all have one thing in common: their status as Master Sommeliers. While you do not need to be a Master Sommelier to open and operate a successful vineyard, a Master Sommelier, without question, is whom you want to approach for advice with anything involving the beverage industry. With only 229 Master Sommeliers in the world, here are some of the names that are helping to change the face of the industry for the better.


Brian McClintic took the Master Sommelier examination back in 2011, and not only did he pass on his first attempt, his preparation for the examination, and his journey to becoming a Master Sommelier was documented in the 2013 film, “Somm”. By following him on Facebook, you can stay updated with all the latest news about the Court of Master Sommelier family, and the newest information on the sequel to “Somm” titled “Somm: Inside the Bottle” which is does not yet have a release date.

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Another young Sommelier changing the face of the industry, is Dustin Wilson. Wilson, like his friend McClintic, also passed the Court of Master Sommeliers exam in 2011, and his journey was also documented for the film “Somm.” Based in New York City, Wilson often travels around the world for Sommelier related events and you can follow his adventures on Twitter, as he tweets on a regular basis. While it is his personal twitter, and used for both business and pleasure, most of his tweets revolve around wine, and the beverage industry.

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A third expert in the wine industry is Karen MacNeil. Macneil is known as one of the “foremost wine experts in the United States”, and is the author of the wildly popular “Wine Bible” which is recognized as “the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author.” Her Linkedin profile displays her impressive career in the wine industry and proves her expert status.

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Finally, Craig Collins also became a Master Sommelier in 2011. Connecting with Collins on Google+ is a great way to stay informed of wine and beer related events and festivals in the Austin, TX area. You can also stay connected with Collins through his twitter account.

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The wine industry is constantly changing, and now, more than ever, twenty and thirty-somethings are emerging to become the next great Master Sommeliers. Also, more woman than ever are advancing in the ranks of the industry, as proven by the Facebook post by McClintic. Here is a list of the 229 Master Sommeliers around the world, and the year in which they earned the coveted title.