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Jason Aldean Teams Up With Field & Stream

Peanut butter and jelly. Beer and wings. Somethings just pair well together. This can be said of Jason Aldean and Field & Stream. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the life and career of Jason Aldean, two-time and reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, with the exhibition Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy, presented by Field & Stream, opening May 26.

Aldean has helped define today’s country music with his wide-open sound. The exhibit will showcase the early encouragement Aldean received from both parents, his move to Nashville, his struggle to get his music heard and his groundbreaking success with an independent record company. Running until November 5, Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy will also include childhood mementos, memorabilia from Aldean’s early career, stagewear, guitars, awards, photos and more from his personal collection.

“In ‘Asphalt Cowboy’ Jason sings about running underneath the stars on a ride that won’t let him go,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Years of touring across the country, burning up the asphalt, have led him to country music superstardom on a ride that’s far from over. We are pleased that he will join Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood among the contemporary artists we have featured in special summer exhibits examining country music in the twenty-first century.”

“I could not be more honored to have an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Aldean. “To look around the space and see my personal heroes and artists who helped shape country music is a surreal feeling. To be a part of a legacy like this really is a dream come true.”

Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retail and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, is sponsoring the exhibit to enable country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the country to get a closer look at one of the most iconic country music artists in the industry. Aldean has been a Field & Stream spokesperson since 2016.

Jack Daniels Looks To Help Get An NBA Team In Lynchburg

While the NBA playoffs are going on some cities and towns hope and dream for an NBA franchise to settle in their town. Two requirements of hosting a successful sports franchise are room for an arena and a wildly passionate fan base. And the people of Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of Jack Daniel’s, believe they have those things and more. So they’d like to ask the NBA to bring a team to their great city. Or, town, rather.

In “Lynchburg Lights” – a new spot from Jack Daniel’s, Lynchburg puts that request to the NBA. Sure, Lynchburg only has 572 residents, but what they lack in size they make up for in heart. And while its residents admit their collective basketball skills could use some work, Lynchburg knows through and through what it takes to build and grow a franchise. Just look at what they’ve done with Jack Daniel’s.

The video highlights the unassuming town, workers at the distillery rolling a barrel of their prized product, and the actual residents of Lynchburg politely making their point to the NBA. The voiceover tees up Lynchburg’s dream to have their very own NBA team as a way to bring a little excitement to their corner of the world. A scale model of a basketball arena appears, and television sportscaster and former NBA all-star Bill Walton makes a cameo, clearly shocked by the idea. After all, Jack Daniel’s is the most exciting thing about Lynchburg, TN. For now.

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Releases A 23 Year Old Bourbon

If you are looking to treat yourself right and are looking for a fantastic bourbon you should check out the latest from Orphan Barrel Whiskey. It is the Rhetoric 23-Year-Old Kentucky Straight

Bourbon Whiskey is the tenth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company and the fourth in the Rhetoric series of progressively aged whiskeys. Aged three years longer than the first release, it is slightly more mature and carries a higher proof. The whiskey will continue to be progressively aged and re-released annually at a year older, allowing whiskey aficionados to collect the series and compare the whiskeys side-by-side.

An intricate gold label features a hummingbird rising above chaos and confusion to find clarity and reason. The background, reminiscent of the oak barrels in which the whiskey aged, will grow deeper in color as Rhetoric is released each year.

Beginning with juicy dried fruit and just a hint of leather, Rhetoric 23-Year-Old tastes of rich, smooth coffee, dark chocolate, anise and cracked nuts. The finish is long with oak and a touch of smoke.

Captain Morgan Looks For Your Help To Raise Money For Charity

Some cool news coming out from the Captain Morgan team. The Captain is making an unprecedented offer to enter his friend, the Morgan Mule – who is 1 part horse, 1 part donkey and 2 parts Captain – into the legendary horse race on Saturday. Captain Morgan is promising that if the Morgan Mule is allowed to compete, he will donate $1 million to charity.

The Captain is asking fans 21+ to share their support on social media and to responsibly raise a glass of his new signature drink named after his friend – the Morgan Mule! In addition to his $1 million offer, Captain Morgan is rallying his supporters to share a photo with their best Captain’s pose and use #MorganMule. He will donate $1 to charity (up to $10,000) for every photo shared from now through Saturday, May 6.

Morgan Mule

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

4 oz. Ginger Ale (or Ginger Beer)

1 Lime Wedge

Directions: Pour ingredients over ice and garnish with lime.

DEW Helps You Taste The Thrill Of Victory

We are still have a lot of NBA Playoffs ahead of us. The games have been great and so is the soundtrack of these games.  Joey BadA$$, in collaboration with Mtn Dew, has just released the music video for the single “Victory,” a motivational track that features lyrical nods to basketball.  The video is set to celebrate this year’s NBA postseason and features premier current Team DEW NBA Stars such as Russell Westbrook, Devin Booker, CJ McCollum, Myles Turner and Emmanuel Mudiay.

The ‘Victory’ music video was shot during a live performance from Joey Bada$$ during All-Star 2017 at DEW’s Courtside HQ Event in New Orleans. The collaboration is the first project from the DEWxNBA Courtside Project, a unique collaboration by Mtn Dew that brings together NBA players and trendsetters across style, art and music.

The hit song, which currently appears as the background track on TNT’s NBA playoff telecasts first dropped in February for NBA All-Star.

The Roots Of Fashion

If you are looking to upgrade your shirt collection for spring and the summer you might want to check out the Roots of Fight website. Recently Roots of Fight announced a new collaboration t-shirt with MSG to celebrate the sport of boxing.

Roots of Fight work with today’s most legendary athletes, innovators, and cultural icons. The new MSG t-shirt matches the same classic aesthetic that’s made them a favorite amongst celebrities and athletes like The Rock, Rhianna and more.

MSG is hallowed ground in the boxing world — the venue has hosted some of the most historic fights of all time — in March 1971, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali fought at the Garden in what later became known as the “The Fight of the Century.”

The just don’t have shirts that focus on boxing. No, they have a ton more sports themed shirts. They have shirts that showcase some of the legends in football, baseball, basketball, martial arts and even have themed collections. The shirts are ridiculously comfortable. They are soft and have a vintage look.

As a sneakerhead I dig the different color shirts to match my sneakers. There are a ton of possibilities to choose from at the Roots of Fight website. I am a big fan of the old school running backs. I was psyched to see the many legends of the gridiron that Roots of Fight had on their site. I got the Walter Payton and Barry Sanders shirts along with getting one of the icons in wresting with the Andre the Giant shirt.

Do your wardrobe a favor! Go to Roots of Fight website and pick up some stylish shirts, pants, jackets and hats that honor the best in all of sports.

Reebok Has Sneakers For All Sci-Fi Fans

Today is Alien Day. Reebok picked the best day to share some cool new kicks today. 1986 was a momentous year in cinema history. Not only did kick-ass heroine Ellen Ripley return to the silver screen in James Cameron’s Aliens, it also marked the debut of Ripley’s signature footwear: the iconic ‘Alien Stomper’ boots made especially for her by Reebok.

Answering the dreams of die-hard film fans and sneakerheads alike, Reebok will commemorate the moment by releasing a pair of highly collectible Alien Stompers this year.Drawing rich design details from the climactic duel between Ripley and the Xenomorph Queen, the ‘Final Battle’ pack is a nostalgic celebration of one of the most intense blockbuster finales in cinematic history.

The ‘Queen’ Alien Stomper was inspired by the gloss finish of the Xenomorph exoskeleton. A tribute to the deadly matriarchal villain, the shoes are assembled using high-sheen black patent leather and a toxic green glow that pulses beneath the translucent midsole as a nod to the Queen’s corrosive blood. To complete the ensemble, the Stomper’s signature forefoot strap is embroidered with ‘XX121’, the code designation given to the extraterrestrial species.

The ‘Powerloader’ Alien Stomper, inspired by Ripley’s battle-ready cargo suit, is an impressive work of art. Icy orange outsoles complement the striking ‘safety yellow’ leather upper, while red arrows reference the suit’s hydraulic movement. Debossed ‘PWL’ heel graphics and call-outs clarify the model’s identity, including the P-5000 serial number. As a nod to the canopy that protects Ripley during the final showdown, mesh panels overlay the Reebok logo, while quilting on the tongue and insoles evokes the industrial mechanoid’s upholstery.

The unisex sized shoes will be packaged inside an ornate box that is also dripping with symbolism. Reebok designers immersed themselves in the film’s folklore, combing the Internet for obscure visual references and freeze-framing repeatedly to unlock minute details hidden in the loading dock where the final battle takes place.

The Queen’s chamber (inner box) is decorated with an alien hive pattern, while the Powerloader bay (outer box) is modeled after the chamber that houses the suit. For the outer box, there is a green splatter that references the alien’s acid blood burning through the container as well as key design cues that take direct references to the outer lock door, and various hidden details that reference “Aliens” as well as Reebok mythography.  The inner box, inspired by the Alien Hive, has a distinctive pattern that hides Xenomorphs, face huggers, and eggs, and also incorporates design details from the body of the ship, including the iconic floor grates, air outtakes, and hazard stripes from the Powerloader.

The lavish cube is made by hand, using high-gauge cardboard which has been printed using multiple techniques and then debossed to add depth and texture. Tucked away safely inside, each shoe is stored in a separate drawer.

The Reebok Alien Stomper ‘Final Battle’ pack will release for $325 in unisex sizing on July 18th, 2017, paying homage to the original film release date for the “Aliens” movie.

Move Over Unicorn Frappuccino There Is A New Drink In Town

If you are looking to up your unicorn drink game then Captain Morgan has you covered. From multicolored drinks to food and make up products, the unicorn and rainbow trend has reached new heights on social media. For 21 years old and older fans of the trend looking for an elevated drinking option, Captain Morgan has cocktail that will satisfy all of their colorful cravings.

The Loco Unicorn cocktail is made with the new Captain Morgan LocoNut and looks like sparkly, liquid cotton candy and tastes like a sweet, coconut creation. Captain Morgan LocoNut is a summer-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum and spices with seasonal flavors – including real coconut liqueur.

Loco Unicorn

6 oz. Coconut Water

2 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

0.25 oz. Grenadine

0.25 oz. Genuine Curacao Liqueur

Instructions: Wet the rim of a 13 oz. highball glass with water and dip the glass in edible glitter to form a rim. Fill the glass with ice, and then add the coconut water and Captain Morgan LocoNut. Stir with a straw or spoon. Drizzle the Grenadine over the cocktail first so it sits at the bottom, and then drizzle the Curacao second, so it sits on the top.

Carolina Blue Kicks Hotter Than The Summer

The title of this post is a slight variation on a Jay-Z song just like these Air Jordan VII’s are a slight variation from the original shoe from back in the day. The 1992 release of the Air Jordan VII coincided with number 23’s turning point from emerging star to legendary player. He laced them up in pursuit of his second title and again during that summer’s global conquest, going from a hardwood name to a household name somewhere along the way. In this latest edition, the iconic release goes back to the beginning, paying tribute to MJ’s alma mater with a University Blue upper in a colorway not seen since 2010. These kicks are on sale this Saturday at 10 AM EST on the SNKRS app and where Air Jordans are sold.

Enjoy The Kentucky Derby With These Cocktails

Early next month on Saturday, May 6 marks the 143rd anniversary of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports! Are you getting some friends to come over to watch it? If you are I wanted to share some bourbon and cocktail suggestions for your Derby spring parties.

The much coveted and rare Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will finally be re-released to coincide with Derby in 10 select markets around the country. This award-winning bourbon is perfect for slow sipping or creating a luxurious Mint Julep.

The Mint Julep with Bulleit 10 Year Old is a premium version of the classic Derby drink, while the Blade and Bow “New” Fashioned was created with the spirit of spring in mind and is a great alternative to the julep.

Blade and Bow 22-Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Beginning in April, an extremely limited supply of Blade and Bow 22-Year Old will be re-released for the first time since its launch on Derby Day, 2015. Keep an eye out at leading bourbon retailers and help commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the opening of legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Kentucky on the first weekend in May.

Mint Julep

1.25 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old

1.5 tsp. sugar

Fresh mint leaves

Water

Directions: Muddle mint leaves, sugar and splash of water in a rocks glass or julep cup. Add Bulleit 10, water, and fill glass with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.

Blade and Bow “New” Fashioned

In an old fashioned glass (or rocks glass, whichever is readily available)

1.25 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1.5 oz. simple syrup

Muddle 1 orange slice

Add ice

0.75 oz. St-Germain

Stir